Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, D.D.
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever." (Psalm 118:1)
The destiny of our Diocese began thirty years ago when the Lord planted the seed of our beginnings. Slowly, with the passage of time, this seed has sprouted into a lush fruit-bearing tree of communities of faith in the vineyard of the Lord. Looking back since our beginnings, our rich history of growth can be best described as one fraught with struggles and challenges, as a seed planted in the dark soil, striving to reach the light of the sun.
" A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots." Marcus Garvey
The roots of the Diocese of San Carlos dates back to as 1856 when Reverend Father Fernando Cuenca OAR visited San Carlos. In 1857, the Prior Provincial Reverend Father Manuel Carasusan proposed that San Carlos be the site of a new mission in the north of Negros for many advantageous reasons.
Bishop of San Carlos
" The Most Reverend Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza DD is the third Bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos.
He was born on August 4, 1959 in San Jose, Sipalay, Negros Occidental. Reverend Bishop Alminaza finished his degree in Philosophy at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod, Bachelor's degree in Theology at University of Santo Tomas, and a post graduate studies at Fordham University, New York City.
Withstanding the current winds of time, the eternal flame of faith, once ignited by the early missionaries, continues to set ablaze across vast territories in Negros. From a small chapel built amidst lush sugarcane plantations, the Diocese of San Carlos has become a monumental institution of Catholicism.
Laus et Jubilatio
As the first streak of light burst through the dark blacken skies, swirls of orange, yellow, and red hues carpeted the skies of San Carlos City, signaling the dawn of a new day, a day of celebration of LIFE. For the Diocese of San Carlos, that day, February 10, 2018, ushered in the dawn of a new era after thirty years of lifetime of blessings and graces in its years of growth.
Reverend Father Richard Dumalag