Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint John's–Basseterre

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Diocese of Saint John's–Basseterre

Dioecesis Sancti Ioannis–Imatelluranus
Basseterre Co-Cathedral of Immaculate Conception.JPG
Country Antigua and Barbuda

 Saint Kitts and Nevis

 Montserrat,  UK

 Anguilla,  UK

 British Virgin Islands,  UK
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Castries
MetropolitanRobert Rivas O.P.
Area1,050 km2 (410 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
14,878 (8.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established16 January 1971 (48 years ago)
CathedralHoly Family Cathedral
Co-cathedralCo-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
BishopRobert Llanos (Apostolic Administrator
Bishops emeritusKenneth Richards

Donald James Reece

Joseph O Bowers

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint John's–Basseterre (Latin: Dioecesis Sancti Ioannis–Imatellurana) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, covering five English-speaking jurisdictions in the Caribbean. The bishopric is a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Castries, and a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, but remains dependent on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

It has a cathedral episcopal see, the Holy Family Cathedral in St John's, Antigua and the Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Basseterre, St Kitts.

Both churches are the seat of the bishop. The see is currently vacant, with the Most Rev. Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), not its own Metropolitan, acting as Apostolic Administrator.

Extent and statistics[edit]

The diocese encompasses the islands of five Anglophone countries in the Lesser Antilles :

As per 2014, it pastorally served 16,743 Catholics (9.0% of 186,880 total) on 1,059 km² in 13 parishes and 20 missions with 12 priests (3 diocesan, 9 religious), 3 deacons and 21 lay religious (9 brothers, 12 sisters).


The diocese was erected on 16 January 1971 as Diocese of Saint John’s, on territory split off from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roseau (Dominica).

On 1981.06.21 it was renamed as Diocese of Saint John’s–Basseterre.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Suffragan Bishop of Saint John’s
Suffragan Bishops of Saint John’s–Basseterre

See also[edit]

Sources and external links[edit]

  • GCatholic, with Google map and satellite photo
  • Radio for the Diocese
  • "Saint John's-Basseterre". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-27.

Coordinates: 17°06′58″N 61°50′16″W / 17.11611°N 61.83778°W / 17.11611; -61.83778