Roman Catholic Diocese of Ponce

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Diocese of Ponce
Dioecesis Poncensis
Diócesis de Ponce
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Country United States
Territory Southern portion of the island of Puerto Rico
Ecclesiastical province San Juan de Puerto Rico
Area 2,045 km2 (790 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
474,959[1] (80%)
Parishes 42
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 21 November 1924 (92 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Ruben Antonio Gonzalez Medina
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Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ponce (Latin: Dioecesis Poncensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and consists of the southern part of the island of Puerto Rico, an American commonwealth. The diocese is led by a prelate bishop which pastors the mother church in the City of Ponce, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Its current bishop is S.E.R. Mons. Félix Lázaro Martinez, Sch. P. Its jurisdiction includes the municipalities of Adjuntas, Jayuya, Coamo, Guayanilla, Yauco, Peñuelas, Ponce, Juana Díaz, Villalba, Coamo, Santa Isabel, Salinas, Guayama and Patillas.


The See of Ponce was canonically erected on November 21, 1924, and is a suffragan diocese of the Metropolitan Province of San Juan de Puerto Rico.[2]

Bishops of Ponce[edit]

The list of the bishops of Ponce and their terms of service. These are only the ecclesiastical bishops; emeritus bishops are not included here:[3]

  1. Edwin Byrne (1925-1929)
  2. Aloysius Joseph Willinger (1929-1946)
  3. James Edward McManus (1947-1963)
  4. Luis Aponte Martinez (1963-1964)
  5. Juan Fremiot Torres Oliver (1964-2000)
  6. Ricardo Antonio Suriñach Carreras (2000-2003)
  7. Félix Lázaro Martinez (2003-2015)
  8. Ruben Antonio Gonzalez Medina, C.M.F. (2015-Present)

Auxiliary Bishops

  • Luis Aponte Martinez (1960-1963)
  • Ricardo Antonio Suriñach Carreras (1975-2000)

Coadjutor Bishops

  • Luis Aponte Martinez (1963-1963)
  • Félix Lázaro Martinez (2002-2003)

Parish churches[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diocese of Ponce: Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  2. ^ Diocese of Ponce: General Information. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ Diocesis of Ponce Via: Directorio Diocesano > Episcopologio Ponceño > Diócesis de Ponce. Retrieved February 16, 2011.

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Coordinates: 18°00′42″N 66°36′51″W / 18.0118°N 66.6142°W / 18.0118; -66.6142