Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agrigento

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Archdiocese of Agrigento
Archidioecesis Agrigentinus
Cattedrale di San Gerlando.jpg
Agrigento Cathedral
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Agrigento
Statistics
Area 3,041 km2 (1,174 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
461,000
449,000 (97.4%)
Parishes 194
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1st Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Gerlando
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Francesco Montenegro
Emeritus Bishops Carmelo Ferraro
Map
Arcidiocesi di Agrigento.png
Website
www.diocesiag.it

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Agrigento (Latin: Archidioecesis Agrigentinus), in Sicily, was elevated to archiepiscopal status in 2000.[1] The historic diocese of Agrigento was also known as the Diocese of Grigenti, and Diocese of Agrigentum. It used to be a suffragan of the archdiocese of Monreale.

History[edit]

Girgenti (the Greek Acragas, Roman Agrigentum) venerates Saint Libertinus as its earliest apostle; he is said to have been sent by Saint Peter. The earliest bishop of certain date is Saint Potamius, a contemporary of Pope Agapetus I (535–36).

Saint Gregory I, Bishop of Agrigentum, said to have been martyred in 262, is probably only a double of the homonymous bishop who was a contemporary of Gregory the Great. The list of bishops, interrupted by the Saracen invasion, began again in 1093 with Saint Gerlando.

Other early bishops include:

Ordinaries since 1326[edit]

  • Matteo Orsini, O.P. † (20 Oct 1326 - 15 Jun 1327) Appointed, Archbishop of Manfredonia
  • Matteo da Gimara, O.F.M. † (17 Sep 1442 - 1445 Resigned)
  • Antonio Ponticorona, O.P. † (23 Jul 1445 - 1451 Died)
  • Domenico Xarth, O. Cist. † (10 Jan 1452 - 1471 Died)
  • Juan de Castro † (20 Mar 1479 - 29 Sep 1506 Died)
  • Pietro Tagliavia d’Aragonia † (28 May 1537 - 10 Oct 1544) Appointed, Archbishop of Palermo
  • Rodolfo Pio † (10 Oct 1544 - 2 May 1564 Died)
  • Luigi Suppa, O.P. † (13 Apr 1565 - 29 Sep 1569 Died)
  • Juan Battista de Ojeda † (27 Aug 1571 - 1574 Died)
  • Cesare Marullo † (14 Jul 1574 - 11 Sep 1577) Appointed, Archbishop of Palermo
  • Juan Rojas † (9 Oct 1577 - 21 May 1578 Died)
  • Antonio Lombardo † (30 Mar 1579 - 23 Jan 1585) Appointed, Archbishop of Messina
  • Diego Haëdo † (23 Jan 1585 - 14 Aug 1589) Appointed, Archbishop of Palermo
  • Francesco del Pozzo † (1591 - 1593 Died)
  • Juan Orozco Covarrubias y Leiva † (2 Dec 1594 - 16 Jan 1606) Appointed, Bishop of Guadix
  • Vincenzo Bonincontro, O.P. † (25 Jun 1607 - May 1622 Died)
  • Ottavio Ridolfi † (20 Mar 1623 - 6 Jul 1624 Died)
  • Francesco Traina † (2 Mar 1627 - Oct 1651 Died)
  • Ferdinando Sanchez de Cuellar, O.S.A. † (26 May 1653 - 4 Jan 1657)
  • Francesco Gisulfo e Osorio † (30 Sep 1658 - Dec 1664 Died)
  • Ignazio d’Amico † (15 Dec 1666 - 15 Dec 1668 Died)
  • Francesco Giuseppe Crespos de Escobar † (2 May 1672 - 17 May 1674 Died)
  • Francesco Maria Rini (Rhini), O.F.M. † (19 Oct 1676 - 4 Aug 1696 Died)
  • Francesco Ramírez, O.P. † (26 Aug 1697 - 27 Aug 1715 Died)
  • Anselmo de la Peña, O.S.B. † (27 Sep 1723 - 4 Aug 1729 Died)
  • Lorenzo Gioeni d’Aragona † (11 Dec 1730 - Oct 1754 Died)
  • Andrea Lucchesi Palli † (21 Jul 1755 - 4 Oct 1768 Died)
  • Antonio Lanza, C.R. † (20 Nov 1769 - 24 May 1775 Died)
  • Antonio Branciforte Colonna † (15 Apr 1776 - 31 Jul 1786 Died)
  • Antonino Cavaleri † (15 Sep 1788 - 11 Dec 1792 Died)
  • Saverio Granata, C.R. † (1 Jun 1795 - 29 Apr 1817 Died)
  • Baldassare Leone † (2 Oct 1818 - 22 Jul 1820 Died)
  • Pietro Maria d’Agostino † (17 Nov 1823 - 18 Jul 1835 Died)
  • Ignazio Giuseppe Nicola Epifanio Montemagno, O.F.M. Conv. † (2 Oct 1837 - 21 Aug 1839 Died)
  • Domenico-Maria-Giuseppe Lo Jacono, C.R. † (17 Jun 1844 - 24 Mar 1860 Died)
  • Domenico Turano † (23 Feb 1872 - 2 Feb 1885 Died)
  • Gaetano Blandini † (2 Feb 1885 - 19 May 1898 Died)
  • Bartolomeo Maria Lagumina † (28 Nov 1898 - 5 May 1931 Died)
  • Giovanni Battista Peruzzo, C.P. † (15 Jan 1932 - 20 Jul 1963 Died)
  • Giuseppe Petralia † (14 Oct 1963 - 2 May 1980 Resigned)
  • Luigi Bommarito (2 May 1980 - 1 Jun 1988) Appointed, Archbishop of Catania
  • Carmelo Ferraro (3 Nov 1988 - 23 Feb 2008 Resigned)
  • Francesco Montenegro (23 Feb 2008 - present)

Suffragan sees[edit]

Ecclesiastical province of Agrigento

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  2. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

Coordinates: 37°19′N 13°35′E / 37.317°N 13.583°E / 37.317; 13.583