Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre

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Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France
Archidioecesis Sancti Petri et Arcis Gallicae
Archidiocèse de Saint-Pierre et Fort-de-France
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Location
Country  Martinique, France
Statistics
Area 1,080 km2 (420 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
390,000
312,000 (80.0%)
Information
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral St. Louis Cathedral in Fort-de-France
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David Macaire, O.P.
Emeritus Bishops Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville Archbishop Emeritus (2015-); Maurice Rigobert Marie-Sainte Archbishop Emeritus (1972-2004)
Website
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France (Latin: Archidioecesis Sancti Petri et Arcis Gallicae; French: Archidiocèse de Saint-Pierre et Fort-de-France), more simply known as the Archdiocese of Fort-de-France, is a Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The Archdiocese comprises the entirety of the French overseas department of Martinique.

The Metropolitan's ecclesiastical province includes the suffragan dioceses of Cayenne and Basse-Terre, and all are members of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

Archbishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville's retirement for age reasons was accepted by Pope Francis on Saturday, 7 March 2015; he is succeeded by Msg. David Macaire, O.P., a Dominican priest who until then had been serving as prior of the convent La Sainte-Baume, in Toulon, France and as of now, the incumbent prelate.

As of 2006, the diocese contained 47 parishes, 35 active diocesan priests, 23 religious priests and 310,000 Catholics. It also has 171 Women Religious and 33 Religious Brothers.

History[edit]

The diocese received its present status on 27 September 1850, when the Apostolic Prefecture of Îles de la Terre Ferme (which had lost French Guyana in 1731) was promoted from the missionary status of Apostolic Prefecture to Diocese of Martinique (Latin: Dioecesis Martinicensis; French: Diocèse de la Martinique), but also lost territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Guadeloupe et Basse-Terre.

1853.09.12, it was renamed as Diocese of Saint-Pierre, 1902.05.08 again as Diocese of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre.

It was elevated to an Archdiocese on 26 September 1967.

Episcopal incumbents[edit]

Bishop David Macaire
Bishops of Saint-Pierre
Bishops of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre
Metropolitan Archbishops of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre

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Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 14°36′50″N 61°03′15″W / 14.6139°N 61.0541°W / 14.6139; -61.0541