Roman Catholic Archdiocese of La Serena

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Archdiocese of La Serena
Archidioecesis Serenensis
Arquidiócesis de La Serena
Catedral La Serena.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady of Mercy
Country Chile
Ecclesiastical province La Serena
Area 30,596 km2 (11,813 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
428,702 (82.2%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1 July 1840 (176 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of Mercy in La Serena
Patron saint Our Lady of the Rosary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop René Osvaldo Rebolledo Salinas
Auxiliary Bishops Luis Gleisner Wobbe
Emeritus Bishops Manuel Gerardo Donoso Donoso
Francisco José Cox Huneeus
Bernardino Piñera Carvallo

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of La Serena (Latin: Serenen(sis)) is an archdiocese located in the city of La Serena in Chile.


Special churches[edit]

  • Minor Basilicas:
    • Basílica - Santuario Nuestra Señora de Andacollo, Andacollo

Current Leadership[edit]

On Saturday, December 14, 2013, Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of La Serena, presented by Archbishop Gerardo Manuel Donoso Donoso, SS.CC., in accordance with Canon 401.1 of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law (Bishops must offer their resignations to the Pope for possible acceptance upon turning 75). Pope Francis appointed as the next Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of La Serena, Archbishop René Osvaldo Rebolledo Salinas, who until then had been Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Osorno, in Osorno, Chile.


Suffragan dioceses[edit]


Coordinates: 29°54′11″S 71°15′04″W / 29.9030°S 71.2510°W / -29.9030; -71.2510