Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre
|Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France
Archidioecesis Sancti Petri et Arcis Gallicae
Archidiocèse de Saint-Pierre et Fort-de-France
|Area||1,080 km2 (420 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Cathedral||St. Louis Cathedral in Fort-de-France|
|Bishop||Reverend Father Prior David Macaire, O.P., Archbishop-elect (formerly, Prior of the convent La Sainte-Baume, in Toulon, France; appointed by Pope Francis, Saturday, 7 March 2015; to be ordained to the archiepiscopate and installed at a later date)|
|Emeritus Bishops||Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville Archbishop Emeritus (2015-); Maurice Rigobert Marie-Sainte Archbishop Emeritus (1972-2004)|
|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.
Archbishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville's retirement for age reasons was accepted by Pope Francis on Saturday, 7 March 2015; he is succeeded by the Reverend Father Prior David Macaire, O.P., a Dominican, who until then had been serving as prior of the convent La Sainte-Baume, in Toulon, France.
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.
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.
- Bishops of Saint-Pierre
- Etienne Jean François Le Herpeur (1850–1858; till 1853 as Bishop of Martinique)
- Louis-Martin Porchez (1858–1860)
- Amand-Joseph Fava (1871–1875)
- Julien-François-Pierre Carmené (1875–1897)
- Étienne-Joseph-Frédéric Tanoux (1898–1899)
- Maurice-Charles-Alfred de Cormont (1899–1902see below)
- Bishops of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre
- Maurice-Charles-Alfred de Cormont (see above1902–1911)
- Joseph Félix François Malleret C.S.Sp. (1912–1914)
- Paul-Louis-Joseph Lequien (1915–1941)
- Henri-Marie-François Varin de la Brunelière C.S.Sp. (1941–1967 see below)
- Metropolitan Archbishops of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre
- Henri-Marie-François Varin de la Brunelière C.S.Sp. (see above 1967–1972)
- Maurice Rigobert Marie-Sainte (1972–2004)
- Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville (2004–2015)
- David Macaire, O.P. (2015–present)
- "Rinunce e nomine". vatican.va. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/03/07/0169/00378.html - Translator". microsofttranslator.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- GigaCatholic, with episcopal incumbent biographies
- Archdiocese of Fort-de-France page at catholichierarchy.org retrieved July 18, 2006
- Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Martinique". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
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