The Diocese of Pagadian, as we are now known, took its name from pangadji-an, a Visayan word which means a place for prayer. In the Sacred Scriptures, mountains are privileged place where God and man meet. Pagadian is not only mountainous, but it also a home to peace-loving and prayerful people of Christian, Islam, and Subanen faiths. Other than our own languages, we speak Cebuano, Tagalog, and English.
Our diocese covers the civil province of Zamboanga del Sur. Like other provinces in the country during the Spanish Era, it used to be part of a single vast track of land called Zamboanga. As population and development spread across the peninsula, the mother province gave birth in 1952 to Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and later in 2001, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Our province, Zamboanga del Sur, has 1 city and 24 municipalities. It covers a total land area of 28,060 km2. We are blessed with abundant fields that grow rice, fruits, and vegetables throughout the year. Our bountiful seas are teeming with different species of fish and marine produce. Facilitated by good roads that now inter-connect communities, our province continuously grows in trade, commerce, and industry among others. Seaports and Airports have been erected. Pervasive communication through local radio stations, wired and mobile telephony, free-air and cable tv, national and local print media have bonded families... Read More