Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-S. Giovanni Rotondo

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Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-S. Giovanni Rotondo
Archidioecesis Sipontinus-Vestanus-Sancti Ioannis Rotundi
Coat of arms of Michele Castoro.svg
Coat of arms of the current archbishop of the Archdiocese
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Foggia-Bovino
Area 1,665 km2 (643 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
151,850 (est.) (98.4%)
Parishes 51
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo Maiorano (Manfredonia)
Co-cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Assunta in cielo (Vieste)
Secular priests 75 (diocesan)
54 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Domenico Cornacchia
Co-cathedral in Vieste

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo (Latin: Archidioecesis Sipontinus-Vestanus-Sancti Ioannis Rotundi) is a Latin Catholic non-Metropolitan Archdiocese in Foggia province, in Apulia, south-eastern Italy,[1] which is part the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino[2]

The historic Archdiocese of Siponto (precursor in a present suburb of Manfredonia) was elevated from the status of diocese in 1074. At that time it was known after its see, Siponto, and Sipontinus persisted as its Latin name. The present complex title reflects several mergers, part of a complex history before and after the see transfer in 1230.

On July 15, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Michele Castoro of the Diocese of Oria as Archbishop.

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is the Manfredonia Cathedral, dedicated to Santo Lorenzo Maiorano, in Foggia, Puglia (Apulia region). It also has

- two more notable Shrines: Santuario di S. Maria delle Grazie Santuario di S. Maria delle Grazie, in San Giovanni Rotondo, and Santuario di S. Pio da Pietrelcina Santuario di S. Pio da Pietrelcina, in San Giovanni Rotondo.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 152,000 Catholics (98.8% of 153,811 total) on 1,665 km² in 51 parishes with 124 priests (76 diocesan, 48 religious), 3 deacons, 247 lay religious (56 brothers, 191 sisters) and 7 seminarians.


For its Ancient and medieval precursor (arch)bishopric at Siponto, see Archdiocese of Sipontum.

In 1230, Manfredonia, a new city founded by Manfred of Sicily, who decided to 'rebuild Siponto' in a new nearby location, the archiepiscopal see was transferred and renamed after it as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manfredonia, yet maintained its Latin adjective Sipontin(us) (Latin).

Among the other bishops were Matteo Orsini (1327), later cardinal; Cardinal Bessarione (1447), administrator; Niccolò Perotti (1458), a Greek scholar and theologian; Giovanni del Monte (1512), subsequently pope under the name of Julius III; Domenico Ginnasio (1586), who suppressed the use of the Greek Rite at the high altar of the cathedral of Sipontum, a custom which had obtained until his day; Antonio Marcello (1643) who founded the seminary and restored the cathedral destroyed by the Ottoman Turks in 1620; Vincenzo Orsini (1675), afterwards Pope under the name of Benedict XIII.

On 1979.04.30 it was demoted as non-Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manfredonia / Sipontin(us) (Latin)

On 1986.09.30 it was renamed as Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste / Sipontin(us)–Vestan(us) (Latin adjective), having gained territory from the suppressed Diocese of Vieste (but absorbing its title), and having lost territories, both to its Metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino, and to the Diocese of San Severo.

On 2002.12.06 it was again renamed as Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo / Sipontin(us)–Vestan(us)–Sancti Ioannis Rotundi (Latin).

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Latin Rite)

Metropolitan Archbishops of Manfredonia
  • Ruggero (1230 – death 1263?)
  • Giacomo (1263–?)
  • Giovanni Freccia (1265 – 1290)
  • Andrea De China (1291.12.05 – death 1301)
  • Gregorio de Montelongo (1301.09.01 – death 1302.01)
  • Leonardo Mancini (1302.02.09 – death 1326), previously Bishop of Orvieto (Italy) (1295 – 1302.02.09)
Archbishops of Manfredonia e Vieste

United: 27 June 1818 with the Diocese of Vieste
Latin Name: Sipontinus e Vestanus

  • Eustachio Dentice, C.R. (6 April 1818 Confirmed – 1830 Died)
  • Vitangelo Salvemini (2 July 1832 Confirmed – 13 May 1854 Died)
  • Vincenzo Taglialatela (Tagliatela) (23 June 1854 – 7 Dec 1879 Retired)
  • Beniamino Feuli (27 Feb 1880 – 19 Jan 1884 Died)
  • Federico Pizza (24 March 1884 – 19 April 1897 Resigned)
  • Pasquale Gagliardi (19 April 1897 – 1 Oct 1929 Resigned)
  • Andrea Cesarano (30 June 1931 – 20 Dec 1969 Died)
  • Valentino Vailati (25 May 1970 – 2 June 1990 Retired)
Archbishops of Manfredonia-Vieste

30 September 1986: Name Changed
Latin Name: Sipontinus-Vestanus

Archbishops of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotond

6 December 2002: Name Changed
Latin Name: Sipontinus-Vestanus-Sancti Ioannis Rotundi

  • Domenico Umberto D’Ambrosio (8 March 2003 – 16 April 2009 Appointed, Archbishop of Lecce)
  • Michele Castoro (15 July 2009 – )

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016

Sources and external links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Archdiocese of Manfredonia". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

Coordinates: 41°38′00″N 15°55′00″E / 41.6333°N 15.9167°E / 41.6333; 15.9167