Anthony Sablan Apuron

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His Excellency

Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D.
Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana
See Agana, Guam
Installed May 11, 1986
Predecessor Felixberto Camacho Flores
Other posts Titular Bishop of Muzuca in Byzacena (1983–1986)
Ordination August 16, 1972
Consecration February 16, 1984
Personal details
Born (1945-11-01) November 1, 1945 (age 70)
Tamuning, Guam
Nationality Chamorro
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Anthony Sablan Apuron (born November 1, 1945) has been archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña since 1986.


Apuron was born in November 1, 1945 in Tamuning, Guam, the eighth of ten children of Manuel Taijito Apuron and Ana Santos Sablan. He was educated at St. Anthony College in Hudson, New Hampshire, and at Capuchin Seminary in Garrison, New York. He then studied at Maryknoll Seminary in New York City and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He was ordained a priest in 1972.

Apuron was recently the target of criticism over a letter that was distributed by his archdiocese comparing gay rights activism to Islamic terrorism.[1][2]

To date, Apuron has never retracted the statements which include the following: "Islamic fundamentalists clearly understand the damage that homosexual behavior inflicts on a culture. That is why they repress such behavior by death. Their culture is anything but one of self-absorption. It may be brutal at times, but any culture that is able to produce wave after wave of suicide bombers (women as well as men) is a culture that at least knows how to value self-sacrifice." [3][4][5]


  • The Cathedral-Basilica Pastoral Center, 207 Archbishop Felixberto C. Flores Street, Hagatña, Guam 96910
Religious titles
Preceded by
Felixberto Camacho Flores
Archbishop of Agana
May 11, 1986 – present
Succeeded by