Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau

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Archdiocese of Nassau

Archidioecesis Nassaviensis
Country The Bahamas
Territory The Bahamas
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Nassau
Area13,872 km2 (5,356 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
50,202 (14.7%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMarch 21, 1929
CathedralSt. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Nassau
Patron saintSt. Francis Xavier, St. Therese of Lisieux
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopPatrick Christopher Pinder
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau (Latin: Archidioecesis Nassaviensis) is an archdiocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The archdiocese encompasses the islands of the former British dependency of the Bahamas. The archbishop is the metropolitan responsible for the suffragan diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda and the Mission sui iuris of Turks and Caicos, and is a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

The archdiocese was originally erected as the Prefecture Apostolic of the Bahama in March 1929, and was subsequently elevated to the Vicariate Apostolic of the Bahama Islands in January 1941, and then to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

As of 2004, the archdiocese contains 30 parishes, 15 active diocesan priests, 14 religious priests, and 48,000 Catholics. It also has 28 Women Religious, 14 Religious Brothers, and 13 permanent deacons.



Coordinates: 25°04′33″N 77°20′54″W / 25.0759°N 77.3482°W / 25.0759; -77.3482