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We are the Diocese of Legazpi

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Published on Aug 13, 2009

The Diocese of Legazpi was created on 29 June 1951 and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Caceres. The diocese comprises the civil province of Albay, a province with a population of 1.2 million (as of 2004), 97 per cent of which are Catholics. Its titular patron is Nstra. Sra. de Salvacion, and its secondary patron is St. Gregory the Great.

Albay lies between Sorsogon and Camarines Sur Provinces. It is a province of subpeninsulas and a lengthy coastline, bounded on the north and northeast by Camarines Sur and Lagonoy Gulf, on the south by Sorsogon, on the east by the Pacific Ocean and on the west by Burias Pass. Its most prominent geological feature is the famous Mayon Volcano, with an elevation of 2,421 meters, considered by many as the volcano with the most perfect cone in the world. But this beautiful mountain is also known for its fury during eruptions, burying whole towns, including churches, with boulders, lava and ash. The province also lies well within the "typhoon belt" of the country.

The diocese counts the Cagsawa church ruin, and several ancient churches of volcanic rocks and mexican baroque architecture, among its priceless cultural heritage.

At present, under the leadership of Most Rev. Lucilo B. Quiambao, D.D., Bishop Administrator of Legazpi, the Catholic faithful are involved in continuing evangelization and spiritual renewal, and translates the Christian faith to action through the promotion of the sanctity of life and the integrity of the family, poverty reduction through microfinance, disaster relief and rehabilitation, environmental protection and good governance. The creation of BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) is the diocese's major pastoral thrust and hoped-for new way of being Church.

The province boasts of its trailblazing efforts in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the SE Asian region.

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The soundtracks are the God of Silence (instrumental) by Fr. Manuel V. Francisco, SJ, and O Bayan ng Diyos by Arnel dC. Aquino, SJ.

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