Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia

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Archdiocese of Samoa–Apia
Archidioecesis Samoa–Apiana
Puleaga Fa'aAkiepikopo Samoa–Apia
Country Samoa Independent State of Samoa
Territory  Samoa
Ecclesiastical province Samoa-Apia
Area 2,922 km2 (1,128 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
42,500 (22.5%)
Parishes 38
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 20 August 1850 (167 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga
Territory of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa–Apia
Territory of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa–Apia

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa–Apia (Latin: Archidioecesis Samoa–Apiana; Samoan: Puleaga Fa'aAkiepikopo Samoa–Apia) consists of the Independent State of Samoa.


In 1842, the Propaganda Fide created the Apostolic Vicariate of Central Oceania that included New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji Islands. This lost territory with establishment by canonical erection by the Holy See on August 20, 1850, of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Navigators' Archipelago, entrusted to the Society of Mary (Marists). On January 4, 1957, the Vatican changed the name of the Vicariate Apostolic to Samoa and the Tokelau Islands.

The vicariate apostolic was elevated to the Diocese of Apia on June 21, 1966, and made suffragan to the metropolitan see of Suva, Fiji. On August 10, 1974, the name of the diocese was changed to Diocese of Apia o Samoa and Tokelau; and it was changed again on December 3, 1975 to the Diocese of Samoa and Tokelau.

On September 10, 1982, the diocese was elevated to the dignity of an archdiocese taking the name of the See city, Apia. Simultaneously, the Diocese of Samoa–Pago Pago was created from a portion of the former Diocese of Samoa Tokelau and made suffragan to the metropolitan see of Apia.[1]


Monseigneur Pierre-Jean BROYER

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

See: Ecclesiastical Province of Samoa–Apia.

As the metropolitan see, the archdiocese has two suffragans: the Diocese of Samoa–Pago Pago and the Mission Sui Iuris of Tokelau. Until March 2003, the Mission Sui Iuris of Funafuti was also a suffragan, but since that date it is now a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Suva.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  2. ^ Biography about Mgr Pierre-Jean Broyer in the article dedicated to his birthplace on the French Wikipedia. fr:Illiat

Further reading[edit]

  • Galuega O Le Sinoti (Acts of the Snyod [of the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia]), December 7–14, 1990, promulgated, May 1, 1991, Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Apia, Samoa.

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Coordinates: 13°49′56″S 171°45′58″W / 13.8321°S 171.7660°W / -13.8321; -171.7660