Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain
|Archdiocese of Port of Spain
Archidioecesis Portus Hispaniae
|Country||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Ecclesiastical province||Port of Spain|
|Area||5,128 sq mi (13,280 km2)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||April 30, 1850 (168 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Port of Spain|
|Patron saint||Immaculate Conception|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Charles Jason Gordon|
|Vicar General||Fr. Martin Sirju|
|Emeritus Bishops||Joseph Everard Harris; Edward Joseph Gilbert|
|Website of the Archdiocese|
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain (Latin: Archidioecesis Portus Hispaniae) is a metropolitan diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The Archdiocese encompasses the entirety of the former Spanish dependency of Trinidad, including the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The Archdiocese is the Metropolitan responsible for the suffragan Dioceses of Bridgetown, Georgetown, Paramaribo and Willemstad, and is a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.
The diocese of Port of Spain was originally erected as a Vicariate Apostolic in 1818 and elevated to an Archdiocese in April 1830.
The Archdiocese has its own special purpose company, Catholic Media Services Limited (CAMSEL), responsible for coordinating communications. The diocesan weekly newspaper, Catholic News, has been published in Trinidad since 1892 and since 2006 has been published by CAMSEL.
There is also a local TV station which operates under the aegis of the Archdiocese but is independently owned and operated by the Living Water Community, a public association of Christian Faith founded in Trinidad.
The Vicar for Communications is Fr. Robert Christo.
The Archdiocese is divided into six regions known as vicariates and each headed by a regional episcopal vicar.
- Central Vicariate
- Eastern Vicariate
- Northern Vicariate
- Southern Vicariate
- Suburban Vicariate
- Tobago Vicariate
- James Buckley (1819–1828)
- Daniel McDonnell (1828–1844)
- Richard Patrick Smith (1844–1852)
- Vincent Spaccapietra (1855–1859)
- Ferdinand English (1860–1862)
- Joachim-Hyacinthe Gonin, O.P. (1863–1889)
- Patrick Vincent Flood, O.P. (1889–1907)
- John Pius Dowling, O.P. (1909–1940)
- Patrick Finbar Ryan, O.P. (1940–1966)
- Gordon Anthony Pantin, C.S.Sp. (1967–2000)
- Edward Joseph Gilbert, C.Ss.R. (2001–2011)
- Joseph Everard Harris, C.S.Sp (2011-2017)
- Charles Jason Gordon (since 2017)
- The Archdiocese of Port of Spain official site
- "Archdiocese of Port of Spain". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
- Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Archdiocese of Port of Spain". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
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