Roman Catholic Diocese of Willemstad

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Willemstad (Latin: Dioecesis Gulielmopolitana; Dutch: Bisdom Willemstad; Papiamento: Diosesano (di Obispado) di Willemstad) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The diocese encompasses the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean: the countries (Dutch: landen) Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten (the southern half of St. Martin) and the islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba (which are part of the Netherlands). The cathedra is in the city of Curaçao. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, and a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

Diocese of Willemstad

Dioecesis Gulielmopolitana

Bisdom Willemstad
Basilica Santa Ana, Willemstad, Curaçao.jpg
Location
CountryAruba (NL)
Curaçao (NL)
Sint Maarten (NL)
Caribbean Netherlands
Ecclesiastical provincePort of Spain
MetropolitanPort of Spain
Statistics
Area993 km2 (383 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2008)
295,264
217,851 (73.8%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established1758 (as Apostolic Prefecture of Curaçao)
1842 Apostolic Vicariate of Curaçao
1958 Diocese of Willemstad
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Willemstad
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopLuigi Antonio Secco
Metropolitan ArchbishopJoseph Everard Harris
Map
LocationNetherlandsAntillesWithAruba.png
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Diocese of Willemstad was erected in 1752 as the Prefecture Apostolic of Curaçao. It was elevated to an apostolic vicariate on 20 September 1842 and to the Diocese of Willemstad on 28 April 1958. The language spoken in many of the Catholic churches here is Papiamento and English. The diocese has maintained a website in this language and in English. Some priests are members of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), Order of Preachers (OP), Michaelites (CSMA), and Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).

BishopsEdit

OrdinariesEdit

Coadjutor bishopsEdit

Catholic churches and parishesEdit

Listed by island (alphabetically), neighborhood (alphabetically), and church name and full address:

Island of ArubaEdit

  1. Brasil: Cristo Rey, Brasil 39, Brasil, Aruba
  2. Dakota: La Birgen di Fatima, Milonstraat 9, Dakota, Oranjestad, Aruba
  3. Madiki: Cristo Sufriente Chapel (Madiki Chapel), Belgiestraat Madiki 29, Madiki, Oranjestad, Aruba
  4. Noord: Santa Ana, Caya Frans Figaroa Noord 16, Noord, Aruba; La Birgen di Alto Vista Chapel (Pilgrims Chapel), Alto Vista, Noord, Aruba
  5. Oranjestad: San Francisco di Asis, J. Irausquinplein 3, Oranjestad, Aruba
  6. Paradera: Santa Filomena, Paradera 51, Paradera, Aruba
  7. Pos Chikito: Santa Familia Chapel, Pos Chikito, Savaneta, Aruba
  8. San Nicolaas: Santa Teresita di Niño Hesus, Theresiaplein 8, Bernhardstraat, San Nicolaas, Aruba; Emanuel Chapel, Rooi Hondu, San Nicolaas, Aruba
  9. Santa Cruz: Inmaculada Concepcion, Santa Cruz 41, Santa Cruz, Aruba
  10. Savaneta: Sagrado Curazon di Hesus, Savaneta 338-D, Savaneta, Aruba
  11. Tanki Leendert: San Papa Juan Pablo II, Rte. 4, Tanki Leendert, Oranjestad, Aruba; Monte Calvario Chapel, Rte. 4, Tanki Leendert, Oranjestad, Aruba

Island of BonaireEdit

  1. Antriol: La Birgen di Coromoto, Pastorie Antriol, Kaya Korona 126, Bonaire
  2. Bonaire: St. Louis Bertrand Church
  3. Kralendijk: San Bernardo, Pastorie Kralendijk, Plaza Reina Juliana 2, Bonaire
  4. Rincon: San Ludovico Beltran, Pastorie Rincon, Bonaire NA

Island of CuraçaoEdit

  1. Barber: San José
  2. Brievengat: La Birgen di Lourdes, Willemstad
  3. Buena Vista: La Birgen Milagrosa
  4. Groot Kwartier: La Birgen del Carmen
  5. Jandoret: Mama di Bon Conseho, Station: Boca San Michiel: San Miguel Archangel; Souax: La Birgen di Guadalupe
  6. Janwe: Sagrado Curazon di Hesus
  7. Koraal Specht: Bon Wardador
  8. Montagne: San Dominico. Station: Fuik: San Francisco
  9. Otrabanda: Santa Ana Minor Basilica, Willemstad
  10. Pietermaai Cathedral: Reina di Santisimo Rosario (Queen of the Most Holy Rosary) Cathedral, Willemstad
  11. San Mateo: Santa Familia, Willemstad
  12. Sint Willibrordus: San Willibrordo
  13. Santa Maria: Maria Auxiliadora, Willemstad
  14. Santa Rosa: Santa Rosa de Lima
  15. Seru Fortuna: San Martin de Porres
  16. Soto: San Antonio de Padua, Soto
  17. Steenrijk: La Birgen di Altagracia, Willemstad
  18. Suffisant: La Birgen di Fatima
  19. Tera Korà: Spiritu Santo, Kaya Andesit 66, Tera Korà,
  20. Westpunt: San Pedro. Lagoen: Station: San Juan Apostle, Pastorie Westpunt,
  21. Wishi: Hesús Misericordioso y Santa Teresita, Schottegatweg West. 33, Wishi
  22. Zuid-Bonam: San Hudas Tadeo, Ronde Klipweg 61, P.O. Box 3909, Zuid-Bona

Island of SabaEdit

  1. The Bottom: Sacred Heart Church
  2. Windwardside: St Paul's Conversion
  3. Zion's Hill: Queen of the Holy Rosary Church

Island of Sint EustatiusEdit

  1. Oranjestad: St Eustatius Catholic Church

Island of Sint Maarten (the southern half of St. Martin)Edit

  1. Philipsburg: St Martin of Tours
  2. Simpson Bay: Mary Star of the Sea
  3. South Reward: The Risen Christ

ReferencesEdit

  • Antilles Episcopal Conference,=Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Antilles
  • "Diocese of Willemstad". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  • List of Roman Catholic Dioceses in the Caribbean
  • Roman Catholicism in the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Willemstad official site in English

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 12°06′29″N 68°56′13″W / 12.1081°N 68.9369°W / 12.1081; -68.9369