Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña
|Archdiocese of Agaña
|Ecclesiastical province||Ecclesiastical province of Agaña|
|Area||215 sq mi (560 km2)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||March 1, 1911 (106 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica|
|Archbishop||Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
|Coadjutor||Michael Jude Byrnes|
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña (Latin: Archidioecesis Aganiensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It comprises the United States dependency of Guam. The prelate is an archbishop whose cathedral is the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.
The archdiocese is a member of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CEPAC) and of the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania, and an observer to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The first Catholic church was established on Guam on June 15, 1668 by Spanish colonizers Diego Luis de San Vitores and Pedro Calungsod.:64 Catholics in Guam were part of the Diocese of Cebu, the Philippines. The United States acquired Guam from Spain after the Spanish–American War of 1898. On September 17, 1902, the Apostolic Prefecture of Mariana Islands was established which included Guam.
On March 1, 1911, the Apostolic Vicariate of Guam was canonically erected. On July 4, 1946, territory was added from the suppressed Vicariate Apostolic of Marianne, Caroline, and Marshall Islands.
On March 8, 1984, in response to the growth of Catholicism in Guam and its vicinity, the diocese was elevated to a metropolitan see, the Archdiocese and Metropolitan Province of Agaña. The metropolitan province consists of the Archdiocese of Agaña and its suffragan Roman Catholic Dioceses of Chalan Kanoa and of Caroline Islands, and the Roman Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of the Marshall Islands.
In 2016, for the first time in the history of the Archdiocese, sexual allegations surfaced against its Ordinary (at the time Archbishop Anthony Apuron). Consequently on June 6, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, S.D.B., as apostolic administrator sede plena, i.e., in charge of the pastoral and administrative governance of the local Church.
On October 31, 2016, after months of an Apostolic Administration, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Michael J. Byrnes of the Archdiocese of Detroit to become coadjutor to Archbishop Anthony with special faculties. Those faculties included complete authority in all pastoral and administrative matters in the Archdiocese, both civilly and ecclesiastically.
|1||Francisco Xavier Vilá y Mateu, O.F.M.Cap.||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||León Angel Olano y Urteaga, O.F.M.||July 9, 1934||August 20, 1945|
|5||Apollinaris William Baumgartner, O.F.M. Cap.||October 14, 1945||December 18, 1970|
|6||Felixberto Camacho Flores||April 21, 1971||October 25, 1985|
|7||Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap||May 11, 1986||Present|
- Michael J. Byrnes (October 31, 2016 – present)
Schools operated by the archdiocese include:
- Academy of Our Lady of Guam (Hagåtña) – Secondary school for girls
- Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School (Sinajana)
- Saint Anthony Catholic School (Tamuning)
- Santa Barbara Catholic School (Dededo)
Schools previously operated by the archdiocese include:
Elementary and middle schools:
- Dominican School (Yigo)
The Archdiocese of Agaña consists of twenty-six parishes on the island of Guam:
- Santa Bernadita - Agafa Gumas, Yigo
- Santa Barabara - Dededo
- Saint Andrew Kim - Dededo
- Saint Anthony and Saint Victor - Tamuning
- Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores - Tumon
- Our Lady of Lourdes - Yigo
Central I Region
- Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica - Agaña (Hagatña)
- San Vicente Ferrer and San Roke - Barrigada
- Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje - Chalan Pago
- Santa Teresita - Mangilao
- Nuestra Senora de las Aguas - Mongmong
- Immaculate Heart of Mary - Toto
Central II Region
- Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament - Agana Heights
- Nino Perdido y Sagrada Familia - Asan
- Our Lady of Purification - Maina
- San Juan Bautista - Ordot
- Saint Judge Thaddeus - Sinajana
- Assumption of Our Lady - Piti
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Agat
- Saint Joseph - Inarajan
- San Isidro - Malojloj
- San Dimas - Merizo
- San Dionisio - Umatac
- Our Lady of Guadalupe - Santa Rita
- San Miguel - Talofofo
- San Francisco de Asis - Yona
|Sources: 1911: 1950–2012:|
- Catholic Church by country
- Catholic Church in the United States
- Ecclesiastical Province of Agaña
- Global organisation of the Catholic Church
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including archdioceses)
- List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
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