12p Diocese of Butuan, Celebration Logo - Singles (101,000)
Designer: Victorino Z. Serevo
First Day Covers: Manila & Butuan
Diocese of Butuan, 50th
The Diocese of Butuan was created on March 20, 1967, comprising the
civil provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. Its
titular patron is St. Joseph, whose feast is celebrated on May 19
each year. This diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of
Cagayan de Oro. It has a land area of 11,555 square
kilometers, with a population of 884,709, of which 81 per cent are
Butuan City, created in 1950 is one of the Philippines' largest
cities in land area. It is a large square stradding both banks
of the Agusan River, which has contributed to making it the most
important trading center of the Agusan Valley. The city
differs from other cities in the country in that it has a destiny
western atmosphere, very urban, like that of cities abroad.
Agusan del Norte, the smaller of the Agusans, has even rainfall
throughout the year, with no pronounced wet or dry season.
Agusan del Sur, on the other hand, is rainy from October to February
and is prone to flooding during these months. What both
provinces have in common is rich alluvial soil which produces rice
and corn mainly, and coconuts, bananas, abaca, sugarcane and rubber.
Since March of 1994, the Diocese Butuan has been preparing for a
diocesan pastoral assembly originally scheduled for September in
1995. This, however, had to be postponed due to the transfer
of its bishop – Most Reverend Carmelo D.F. Morelos, to the
Archdiocese of Zamboanga. At present the diocese is in the
care of a diocesan administrator, Monsignor Cesar Gatela, and a
board of consultors.
There are in the diocese at present 72 priests and religious,
ministering to 35 parishes and 1 mission station. It has about
10 Catholic institutions, among them the St. Peter College Seminary
in Butuan City. There are now about 600 established Basic
Ecclesial Communities in the two provinces.