Roman Catholic Diocese of Manado

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Diocese of Manado
Dioecesis Manadoënsis
Keuskupan Manado
Country Indonesia
Ecclesiastical province Makassar
Metropolitan Makassar
Area 90,000 km2 (35,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
203,464 (3.14%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Mary in Manado
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu, M.S.C.
Metropolitan Archbishop Johannes Liku Ada’
Emeritus Bishops Joseph Theodorus Suwatan, M.S.C.
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manado (Latin: Manadoën(sis)) is a Latin rite suffragan diocese]] in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Makassar on Sulawesi island (formerly Celebes) in Indonesia, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The cathedral episcopal see, the Cathedral Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Gereja Hati Tersuci Maria), located in the city of Manado, Sulawesi Utara, with its European architectural styles, unique bell towers, and topped with a beautiful central cupola, is located on the iconic Sam Ratulangi Street. [1]

Statistics and extent[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 138,660 Catholics (2.2% of 6,252,126 total) on 90,000 km² in 61 parishes and 290 missions with 136 priests (89 diocesan, 47 religious), 354 lay religious (166 brothers, 188 sisters) and 101 seminarians.

Its service area covers the administrative provinces of North Sulawesi, Gorontalo and Central Sulawesi.



(all Roman rite, so far members of a missionary Latin congregation)

Apostolic Prefects of Celebes
Apostolic Vicar of Celebes
  • Joannes Walter Panis, M.S.C. (see above 1 February 1934 – 13 April 1937 see below), Titular Bishop of Trisipa (1934.02.01 – death 1952.06.23)
Apostolic Vicars of Manado
  • Joannes Walter Panis, M.S.C. (see above 13 April 1937 – retired 1946)
  • Nicolas Verhoeven, M.S.C. (born Netherlands) (13 March 1947 – 3 January 1961 see below), Titular Bishop of Hermonthis (1947.03.13 – 1961.01.03)
Suffragan Bishops of Manado
  • Nicolas Verhoeven, M.S.C. (see above 3 January 1961 – retired 26 June 1969), emeriate as Titular Bishop of Strongoli (1969.06.26 – resigned 1976.09.15), died 1981
  • Theodorus Hubertus Moors, M.S.C. (born Netherlands) (26 June 1969 – retired 8 February 1990), died 2003; succeeded as former Titular Bishop of Choba (1967.04.13 – 1969.06.26) and Auxiliary Bishop of Manado (1967.04.13 – 1969.06.26)
  • Joseph Theodorus Suwatan, M.S.C. (first native incumbent) (8 February 1990 – retired 12 April 2017), also President of Episcopal Conference of Indonesia (1997 – 2000)
  • Bishop-elect Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu, M.S.C. (12 April 2017 – ...), no previous prelature

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