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Roman Catholic Diocese of Rarotonga

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rarotonga (Latin: Dioecesis Rarotongana) in the Cook Islands is a suffragan diocese of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva in neighbouring Fiji. It was erected as the Prefecture Apostolic of Cook e Mnihiki in 1922, elevated to the Vicariate Apostolic of Cook Islands in 1948 and elevated as the Diocese of Rarotonga in 1966.

Diocese of Rarotonga

Dioecesis Rarotongana
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Coat of arms
Location
CountryCook Islands, Niue
MetropolitanRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva
Statistics
Area234 km2 (90 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2017)
11,885
2,255 (19.0%)
Parishes15
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established21 June 1966
CathedralSaint Joseph's Cathedral
Patron saintSaint Joseph
Secular priests9
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopPaul Donoghue, S.M.
Bishops emeritusRobin Walsh Leamy, S.M.

Contents

BishopsEdit

EducationEdit

Primary Schools

Saint Josephs School, Rarotonga
Saint Mary's School, Mauke Island (now closed down)

Secondary (High) School

Nukutere College, Rarotonga

ChurchesEdit

Catholic Cathedral of Rarotonga (and the Cook Islands)

Saint Joseph's Cathedral is the only Catholic Cathedral in the Cook Islands. The Cathedral is located in Avarua.

Three Catholic churches in Rarotonga also serve the local faithful: St Mary's in Arorangi Village, St Paul's in Titikaveka Village and Sacred Heart in Matavera village.

External links and referencesEdit

  • "Diocese of Rarotonga". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-01-12.