Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay

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Diocese of Montego Bay
Dioecesis Sinus Sereni
Country  Jamaica
Ecclesiastical province Province of Kingston in Jamaica
Metropolitan Charles Henry Dufour
Coordinates 18°28′02″N 77°53′44″W / 18.4673°N 77.8956°W / 18.4673; -77.8956Coordinates: 18°28′02″N 77°53′44″W / 18.4673°N 77.8956°W / 18.4673; -77.8956
Area 3,878 km2 (1,497 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
14,926 (1.8%)
Parishes 15
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 14 September 1967 (50 years ago)
Cathedral Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Burchell McPherson
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay (Latin: Dioecesis Sinus Sereni) is a Latin suffragan diocese of the Roman Catholic Church located on the northwest part of the island of Jamaica (Greater Antilles), in the Caribbean ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kingston (which covers all Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Belize), yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its episcopal see is the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, in Montego Bay, Saint James (civil) parish. Pope Francis appointed Burchell Alexander McPherson of the Archdiocese of Kingston the third Bishop of Montego Bay on April 11, 2013. He was consecrated and installed at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Montego Bay on June 8, 2013.


  • Established 14 September 1967 by Pope Paul VI as Diocese of Montego Bay (Dioecesis Sinus Sereni), on territory split off from Diocese of Kingston), as its suffragan.
  • Lost territory on 1991.04.15 to establish the then Apostolic Vicariate of Mandeville, now also a suffragan of Kingston.[1]

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Latin Rite, so far native) [1]

  • Edgerton Roland Clarke (1967.09.14 – 1994.11.11), next Metropolitan Archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica (Jamaica) (1994.11.11 – retired 2004.02.17), President of Antilles Episcopal Conference (1997 – 2003) - Pope Paul VI selected Edgerton Roland Clarke as the first bishop of Montego Bay. Clarke was born in 1929 and was consecrated a bishop upon the inauguration of the diocese of Montego Bay.[2]
  • Charles Henry Dufour (6 December 1995 – 11 April 2013), also Apostolic Administrator of Mandeville (Jamaica) (2006.08.08 – 2008.05.20); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Kingston (Jamaica) (2011.04.15 – resigned 2016.04.29), again Apostolic Administrator of above Mandeville (2016.04.29 – ...) - Pope John Paul II elected Charles H. Dufour who was born in Kingston on April 15, 1940. He was ordained a priest in August 1970, and then went on to be appointed bishop and consecrated on Feb. 10, 1996 at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Montego Bay.[2]
  • Burchell Alexander McPherson (11 April 2013 - ...), no previous prelature.

Statistics and extent[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 10,000 Catholics (1.5% of 647,600 total) on 3,878 km² in 10 parishes and 22 missions with 12 priests (9 diocesan, 3 religious), 12 deacons, 16 lay religious (6 brothers, 10 sisters) and 1 seminarian.[1]

The diocese of Montego Bay is made up of five administrative parishes: St. James in Montego Bay, Trewlany in Falmouth, St. Ann in St. Ann's Bay, Westmoreland in Savannah-la-Mar and Hanover in Lucea.

Of the three Roman Catholic dioceses in Jamaica, the diocese of Montego Bay is the largest in land area spanning 1,500 sq. miles.


Not every parish in the Montego Bay Diocese is able to have a full-time priest available. Many parishes rely on missionary priests to aid in the celebration of Mass and the sacraments. The list of parishes includes the name of the full-time pastor if available.

  • Blessed Sacrament Cathedral: located in Montego Bay, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral is the seat of the bishop. It was built in 1967 with the founding of the diocese. The rector is Very Rev. Fr. Carl F. Clarke, J.P.[3]
  • Our Lady of Fatima: located in Ocho Rios.
  • Mary, Gate of Heaven: located in Negril. Pastor is Rev. Joseph F. Rigali.[4]
  • Sts. Philip and James: located in Lucea.
  • St. Joseph, the Worker: located in Falmouth. - Vicar General, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Eremodo Muavesi.
  • St. Ignatius: located in Brown's Town
  • Holy Name: located in Bamboo. Pastor is Rev. Chrispin Q.P. Oneko from Coastal Keys, Kenya.[5]
  • St. Boniface: located in Alva.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help: located in St. Ann's Bay.
  • Sacred Heart: located in Reading. Pastor is Fr. Marek Kolbuch
  • Sacred Heart: located in Seaford Town.
  • St. Joseph: located in Savanna-la-mar.
  • St. Mark: located in Grange Hill.

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