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Roman Catholic Diocese of Arecibo

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arecibo is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Puerto Rico and consists of the northern part of the island of Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States. It is led by Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres. The mother church is the Catedral de San Felipe Apostol located in City of Arecibo.

Diocese of Arecibo

Dioecesis Arecibensis

Diócesis de Arecibo
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Country United States
TerritoryNorthern portion of the island of Puerto Rico
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of San Juan de Puerto Rico
Area833 sq mi (2,160 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
372,000 (61.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established30 April 1960 (58 years ago)
CathedralCatedral de San Felipe Apóstol
Current leadership
BishopDaniel Fernández Torres
Metropolitan ArchbishopRoberto González Nieves, O.F.M.
Archbishop of San Juan de Puerto Rico
Emeritus BishopsIñaki Mallona Txertudi, C.P.
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Cathedral de San Felipe Apostol

The See of Arecibo was canonically erected on April 30, 1960 and is a suffragan diocese of the Metropolitan Province of San Juan de Puerto Rico.


The list of bishops of the diocese and their terms of service:

  1. Alfredo Méndez-Gonzalez, C.S.C. (1960-1974)
  2. Miguel Rodriguez Rodriguez, C.Ss.R. (1974-1990)
  3. Iñaki Mallona Txertudi, C.P. (1991-2010)
  4. Daniel Fernández Torres, (2010–Present)


San Juan Bankruptcy and seizure of assetsEdit

On September 7, 2018,[1] following a similar Puerto Rican Supreme Court ruling, Bankruptcy Judge Edward Godoy that the bankruptcy filed by the Archdiocese of San Juan would also apply to every other Puerto Rican Catholic Diocese, including Arecibo, and that all assets in Puerto Rico's Catholic Church will be seized as credit for the San Juan Archdiocese.[2]

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Coordinates: 18°28′21″N 66°42′57″W / 18.47250°N 66.71583°W / 18.47250; -66.71583