Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingstown
|Diocese of Kingstown
|Country||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Port of Spain|
|Metropolitan||Joseph Everard Harris, C.S.Sp.|
|Area||388 km2 (150 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||23 October 1989 (23 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Assumption|
|Bishop||Charles Jason Gordon|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingstown (Latin: Dioecesis Regalitanus) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The diocese comprises the entirety of the nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The diocese is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, and a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.
The cathedral of the diocese is the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kingstown. The diocese includes about 10,000 faithful, served by six parishes, five pre-schools, three primary schools, and two secondary schools.
The founding bishop was Robert Rivas, who served since the inception of the diocese to 2007 when he was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Castries. As of 19 July 2007 the See of Kingstown had been vacant until a new bishop, Charles Jason Gordon, was named by the Vatican on the 8 July 2011 at 6 a.m. St. Vincent & the Grenadines time. Archbishop Rivas had been appointed Apostolic Administrator until the appointment of a new bishop. He has appointed as his apostolic delegate Fr. Pio Atonio M.F., who oversaw the everyday running of the diocese. On July 8, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Charles Jason Gordon as Bishop of Kingstown (and at the same time as Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados). In addition it was decreed that Kingstown switched its Metropolitan from the Archdiocese of Castries, Saint Lucia to the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
- "Bishop Rivas appointed to St.Lucia" by "Catholic News" July 29, 2007 retrieved October 4, 2007.
- "Diocese of Kingstown". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
- "Diocese of Kingstown". Antilles Episcopal Conference. Archived from the original on 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
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