Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia

Roman Catholic Archdiocese Of Nueva Segovia

The Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. It covers the province of Ilocos Sur, on the island of Luzon. The see of the archdiocese is the city of Vigan.

The archdiocese was erected in 1595 in the city of Nueva Segovia, now the town of Lal-lo in the province of Cagayan. The see was moved in 1758 to Vigan because of its relative distance, at the request of Bishop Juan de la Fuente Yepes, during the pontificate of Benedict XIV. It became an archdiocese in 1951.

The Archdiocese is known for its pastoral thrusts of the evangelization work, namely the formation of SISA's (an acronym for "Simbaan Sangkakarrubaan," which is an Ilocano term for "Church in the Neighborhood."), and establishing barangay-based catechisms for children, youth, adults and families. Fr. Albert Rabe has also his own program of BEC called "Gimong."

The Archdiocese features the only Archbishop's Residence in the Philippines built during the Spanish Era. It is located just beside the Vigan Cathedral. The rear of the convent also had an access to nearby Govantes Dike, apparently a convenient exit point by sea, but it is no longer in use as the dike is no longer navigable. Both the Archbishop's Residence and the Cathedral itself remains to be one of the greatest contributions of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines.

The Archdiocese also operates its own radio station, dzNS ("NS" meaning "New Sound" and "Nueva Segovia"). It is known for being a truly neutral radio station. It is a member of the Catholic Media Network.

The Archdiocese also operates a weekly newspaper, "Timek ti Amianan" (Ilocano: "Voice of the North").

As of 2013 the archbishop was Ernesto Salgado.

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