Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán (Latin: Archidioecesis Altensis, Quetzltenanguensis-Totonicapensis) is a Latin Metropolitan Archdiocese in Guatemala.

Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán

Archidioecesis Altensis, Quetzltenanguensis-Totonicapensis
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Quetzaltenango Cathedral
Catedral del Espíritu Santo in Quetzaltenango
TerritoryQuetzaltenango and Totonicapan
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán
Area3,012 km2 (1,163 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
1,123,000 (80%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established27 July 1921 (100 years ago)
CathedralCatedral del Espíritu Santo
Co-cathedralCatedral de San Miguel
Current leadership
ArchbishopMario Alberto Molina Palma, O.A.R.
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The archiepiscopal seat is Quetzaltenango Cathedral (Catedral del Espíritu Santo), originally built in Quetzaltenango in 1535. It also has a co-cathedral, San Miguel Arcángel, in the city of Totonicapán.[1]

It was vacant until named Mario Alberto Molina Palma on July 14, 2011; having been headed until Monday, October 4, 2010, by Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales, who was then named by Pope Benedict XVI to succeed Cardinal Quezada as Metropolitan Archbishop of Guatemala.[2]


It was erected on 27 July 1921 as the Diocese of Quetzaltenango, Los Altos, on territory split off from the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guatemala.

It lost territory on 10 March 1951 to establish the Diocese of San Marcos and the Diocese of Sololá-Chimaltenango, both becoming its suffragans.

It was elevated and renamed to Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán on 13 February 1996. It lost more territory on 31 December 1996 to establish the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu, another suffragan.


It ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own Archdiocese and the following suffragan dioceses :


The Archdiocese covers the departments of Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán. It has 28 parishes, 29 diocesan priests, 24 religious priests, 57 friars and 118 nuns.[2][3]


(all Roman Rite)

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

Suffragan Bishops of Quetzaltenango, Los Altos
Metropolitan Archbishops of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango–Totonicapán

Auxiliary bishopsEdit


  1. ^ "Cathedrals Guatemala". Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  2. ^ a b "Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
  3. ^ "Arquidiócesis de los Altos". Retrieved 2009-07-09.

Sources and external linksEdit

Coordinates: 14°50′01″N 91°31′04″W / 14.8336°N 91.5179°W / 14.8336; -91.5179