Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña
|Archdiocese of Agaña
|Ecclesiastical province||Ecclesiastical province of Hagatña|
|Area||215 sq mi (560 km2)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||March 1, 1911 (105 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica|
|Archbishop||Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Agaña (on leave)
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It comprises the United States dependency of Guam. The prelate is an archbishop whose cathedral is the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.
The archdiocese is a member of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CEPAC) and of the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania, and an observer to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The first Catholic church was established on Guam on June 15, 1668 by Spanish colonizers Diego Luis de San Vitores and Pedro Calungsod.:64 Catholics in Guam were part of the Diocese of Cebu, the Philippines. The United States acquired Guam from Spain after the Spanish–American War of 1898. On September 17, 1902, the Apostolic Prefecture of Mariana Islands was established which included Guam.
On March 1, 1911, the Apostolic Vicariate of Guam was canonically erected. On July 4, 1946, territory was added from the suppressed Vicariate Apostolic of Marianne, Caroline, and Marshall Islands.
On March 8, 1984, in response to the growth of Catholicism in Guam and its vicinity, the diocese was elevated to a metropolitan see, the Archdiocese and Metropolitan Province of Agaña. The metropolitan province consists of the Archdiocese of Agaña and its suffragan Roman Catholic Dioceses of Chalan Kanoa and of Caroline Islands, and the Roman Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of the Marshall Islands.
|1||Francisco Xavier Vilá y Mateu, O.F.M.Cap.||August 25, 1911||January 1, 1913|
|2||Agustín José Bernaus y Serra, O.F.M.||May 9, 1913||September 14, 1913|
|3||Joaquín Felipe Oláiz y Zabalza, O.F.M.||July 20, 1914||January 1, 1933|
|4||Leon "Miguel" Angel Olano y Urteaga, O.F.M.||July 9, 1934||August 20, 1945|
|5||Apollinaris William Baumgartner, O.F.M. Cap.||October 14, 1945||December 18, 1970|
|6||Felixberto Camacho Flores||April 21, 1971||October 25, 1985|
|7||Anthony Sablan Apuron, O.F.M. Cap, D.D.||May 11, 1986||present|
Archbishop Savio Tai-Fai Hon, S.D.B (Apostolic Administrator "sede plena") June 06, 2016 - present
Schools operated by the archdiocese include:
- Academy of Our Lady of Guam (Hagåtña) – Secondary school for girls
- Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School (Sinajana)
- Saint Anthony Catholic School (Tamuning)
- Santa Barbara Catholic School (Dededo)
Schools previously operated by the archdiocese include:
Elementary and middle schools:
- Dominican School (Yigo)
|Sources: 1911: 1950–2012:|
- Catholic Church by country
- Catholic Church in the United States
- Ecclesiastical Province of Agaña
- Global organisation of the Catholic Church
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including archdioceses)
- List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
- Carano, Paul; Sanchez, Pedro C. (1964). A Complete History of Guam. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company. OCLC 414965.
- "Schools." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.
- "Catholic Schools." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña. March 4, 2001. Retrieved on October 25, 2010.
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- Cheney, David M. "Agaña (Archdiocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2016-01-29.