Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña

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Archdiocese of Agaña
Archidioecesis Aganiensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña.svg
Country United States
Territory Guam
Ecclesiastical province Ecclesiastical province of Agaña
Area 215 sq mi (560 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
132,494 (85.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established March 1, 1911 (103 years ago)
Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Agaña
Archdiocese of Agaña map.png
Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It comprises the overseas dependency on the island of Guam. The prelate is an archbishop which pastors the mother church, Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.


The Vicariate Apostolic of Guam was canonically erected on March 1, 1911. On July 4, 1946, territory was added from what once was the Vicariate Apostolic of Marianne, Caroline, and Marshall Islands. On October 14, 1965, the Vatican elevated the vicariate apostolic; it became the Diocese of Agaña. In response to the growth of Catholicism in Guam and its vicinity, the diocese was elevated to become a metropolitan see. The Archdiocese and Metropolitan Province of Agaña were created on March 8, 1984. The metropolitan province consists of the Archdiocese of Agaña, its suffragan sees of Chalan Kanoa and the Caroline Islands, and the Prefecture Apostolic of the Marshall Islands.


No. Name From Until
1 Francisco Xavier Ricardo Vilá y Mateu, O.F.M. August 25, 1911 January 1, 1913
2 Agustín José Bernaus y Serra, O.F.M. May 9, 1913 September 14, 1913
3 Joaquín Felipe Oláiz y Zabalza, O.F.M. July 20, 1914 January 1, 1933
4 Leon "Miguel" Angel Olano y Urteaga, O.F.M. July 9, 1934 August 20, 1945
5 Apollinaris William Baumgartner, O.F.M. October 14, 1945 December 18, 1970
6 Felixberto Camacho Flores, O.F.M. April 21, 1971 October 25, 1985
7 Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap. May 11, 1986 present


Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

Schools operated by the archdiocese include:[1]

Schools previously operated by the archdiocese include:[2]

High schools:[2]

Elementary and middle schools:[2]

  • Mount Carmel School (Agat)
  • St. Francis Catholic School (Barrigada)
  • San Vicente School (Barrigada)

Elementary schools:[2]

  • Dominican School (Yigo)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Schools." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Catholic Schools." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña. March 4, 2001. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.

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Coordinates: 13°28′27″N 144°45′08″E / 13.47417°N 144.75222°E / 13.47417; 144.75222