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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico (Latin: Archidioecesis Sancti Joannis Portoricensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, comprising the northeast portion of the island of Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States.

Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
Archidioecesis Sancti Joannis Portoricensis
Arquidiócesis de San Juan
de Puerto Rico
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico.svg
Country Puerto Rico
Territory Northcentral portion of the island of Puerto Rico
Ecclesiastical province Province of San Juan
de Puerto Rico
Area 353 sq mi (910 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
898,218 (70.1%)
Parishes 142
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 8, 1511 (507 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Patron saint St. John the Baptist and Our Lady of Divine Providence
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Roberto González Nieves, O.F.M.
Auxiliary Bishops Hermín Negrón Santana
Titular Bishop of Gegi
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On November 15, 1504, Pope Julius II issued the Papal Bull Illius fulciti which erected the first ecclesiastical province in the New World[1] consisting of the Archdiocese of Hyaguata (located at Santo Domingo), the Diocese of Magua (located at Concepción de La Vega), and the Diocese of Bayuna (located at Lares de Guahaba).[2] As all the dioceses were located on the island of Hispañiola, the Spanish Crown requested that the Diocese of Bayuna be transferred to Puerto Rico.[2] The Bull never went into effect due to the objection of Ferdinand II of Aragon who opposed that the Bull gave the dioceses the right to receive a portion of the earnings from the gold and precious stones discovered in the territory.[1] On August 8, 1511, Pope Julius II issued a new Papal Bull Pontifax Romanus which extinguished the previously granted ecclesiastical province and its dioceses and reassigned their delegated bishops: Pedro Suárez de Deza, Bishop Elect of Hyaguata, was reassigned to the Diocese of Concepción de la Vega; Father Alonso Manso, Bishop Elect of Magua, was reassigned to the Diocese of Puerto Rico; and Francisco Garcia de Padilla, Bishop Elect of Bayuna, was reassigned to the Diocese of Santo Domingo.[1]

The See of San Juan de Puerto Rico was canonically erected on August 8, 1511 as the Diocese of Puerto Rico on the island of San Juan, as it was then called. Due to the switch of names between the island and the capital its name was changed on November 21, 1924 to the Diocese of San Juan in Puerto Rico. With the creation of the Diocese of Arecibo on April 30, 1960, San Juan was raised to the status of an archdiocese, with the new Archbishop leading a metropolitan province comprising all the dioceses on the island as suffragan dioceses.

The Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico is the metropolitan see for the Caguas, Fajardo–Humacao, Ponce, Mayagüez and the Arecibo.

The current Archbishop is the Most Reverend Roberto González Nieves, O.F.M.

On August 29, 2018, the diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


The lists of bishops, archbishops and auxiliary bishops and their terms of service:

Diocese of Puerto RicoEdit

Erected August 8, 1511

Diocese of San Juan de Puerto RicoEdit

Name Changed: November 24, 1924

Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto RicoEdit

Elevated April 30, 1960

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

High schoolsEdit

Ecclesiastical Province of San Juan de Puerto RicoEdit

Ecclesiastical Province of San Juan de Puerto Rico map

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Herbermann, Charles G. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church. CATHOLIC WAY PUBLISHING. p. 292. 
  2. ^ a b Schwaller, John Frederick (February 2011). The History of the Catholic Church in Latin America: From Conquest to Revolution and Beyond. New York University Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0814783603. 
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Alonso Manso" retrieved January 11, 2016
  4. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Rodrigo de Bastidas y Rodriguez de Romera" retrieved December 4, 2015
  5. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Archbishop Francisco Andrés de Carvajal, O.F.M." retrieved December 4, 2015
  6. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Manuel de Mercado Aldrete, O.S.H. retrieved November 18, 2015
  7. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Diego de Salamanca, O.S.A." retrieved January 10, 2015
  8. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Archbishop Nicolás de Ramos y Santos, O.F.M." retrieved December 4, 2015
  9. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Antonio Calderón de León" retrieved November 14, 2015
  10. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Martín Vasquez de Arce, O.P." retrieved December 8, 2015
  11. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Francisco Diaz de Cabrera y Córdoba, O.P." retrieved December 8, 2015
  12. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Archbishop Pedro de Solier y Vargas, O.S.A." retrieved December 4, 2015
  13. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Juan López de Agurto de la Mata" retrieved December 4, 2015
  14. ^ Márquez R.: "Puerto Rican poetry: a selection from aboriginal to contemporary times" Page 22. 2006.
  15. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Juan Alonso de Solis y Mendoza, O. Carm." retrieved December 9, 2015
  16. ^ Catholic "Bishop Damián Lopez de Haro y Villarda, O.SS.T." retrieved August 2010]
  17. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Hernando de Lobo Castrillo, O. Carm." retrieved December 7, 2015
  18. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Francisco Naranjo, O.P." retrieved December 9, 2015
  19. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Juan Francisco Arnaldo Isasi" retrieved December 31, 2015
  20. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Benito de Rivas, O.S.B. retrieved December 31, 2015
  21. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bartolomé García de Escañuela, O.F.M." retrieved December 31, 2015
  22. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Juan de Santiago y León Garabito" retrieved December 31, 2015
  23. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Marcos de Sobremonte" retrieved December 31, 2015
  24. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Juan Francisco de Padilla y San Martín, O. de M." retrieved January 10, 2016

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