There are about 90,000 Catholics in Guyana - around 12% of the total population. The country forms a single diocese — the Diocese of Georgetown, which was established in 1956.
The Church of England and the Church of Scotland had sole legal rights in Guyana until 1899, when the Catholic Church among others was given equal status. Most Catholics are Portuguese. The Georgetown Diocese was established in 1956. Its first native bishop was ordained in 1971.