Roman Catholic Diocese of Taiohae

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Diocese of Taiohae

Dioecesis Taiohaënus seu Humanae Telluris

Diocèse de Taiohae ou Tefenuaenata
Nuku Hiva - Porche de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Taiohae - 20061109.jpg
Country French Polynesia,  France
Ecclesiastical provincePapeete
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Papeete
Area1,250 km2 (480 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
8,310 (90.1%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established9 May 1848 (As Vicariate Apostolic of Marquesas Islands)
21 June 1966 (As Diocese of Taiohae)
31 May 1974 (As Diocese of Taiohae or Tefenuaenata)
CathedralNotre Dame Cathedral, Taiohae
Current leadership
BishopPascal Chang-Soi
Metropolitan ArchbishopJean-Pierre Edmond Cottanceau, SS.CC.
Bishops emeritusGuy André Dominique Marie Chevalier, SS.CC

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Taiohae (or Tefenuaenata, or Hakapehi) (Latin: Dioecesis Taiohaënus seu Humanae Telluris; French: Diocèse de Taiohae ou Tefenuaenata), in French Polynesia, is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Papeete, yet still depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Îles Marquises, dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus at Taiohae, on Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands (French: îles Marquises).


  • Erected on 1848.05.09 as the Apostolic Vicariate of Marquesas Islands/ Isole Marchesi (Curiate Italian) / Insularum Marchesi (Latin), on insular territory split off from the suppressed Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern Oceania
  • Promoted on 1966.06.21 as Diocese of Taiohae / Taiohaën(us) (Latin)
  • Renamed 1974.05.31 as Diocese of Taiohae / Hakapehi (synonym) / Tefenuaenata (Marquesan Islands name) / Humanæ Telluris (Latin) / Taiohaën(us) (Latin adjective).


As per 2014, it pastorally served 8,970 Catholics (91.2% of 9,835 total) on 1,250 km² in 26 parishes with 4 priests (2 diocesan, 2 religious), 11 lay religious (7 brothers, 4 sisters) and 1 seminarian.


(all Roman Rite, so far European:French missionaries)


Apostolic Vicars of Marquesas Islands
Suffragan Bishops of Taiohae
  • Louis-Bertrand Tirilly, SS.CC. (see above 1966.06.21 – retired 1970.03.17), emeritate as Titular Bishop of Budua (1970.03.17 – resigned 1976.09.27); died 2002
  • Hervé Le Cléac'h, SS.CC. (1973.03.01 – retired 1986.05.31), died 2012
  • Guy Chevalier, SS.CC. (1986.05.31 – retired 2015.09.05), Bishop Emeritus; succeeded as previous Coadjutor Bishop of Taiohae (1985.03.29 – 1986.05.31)
  • Pascal Chang-Soï, SS.CC. (5 September 2015 - ...), previously Coadjutor Bishop of Taiohae (French Polynesia) (2010.08.04 – succession 2015.09.05) and Apostolic Administrator of Papeete (French Polynesia) (2013.03.13 – 2015.08.28).

Coadjutor bishops[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources and external links[edit]

  • GCatholic, with Google map & satellite photo - data for all sections
  • "Diocese of Taiohae o Tefenuaenata". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2015-09-07.

Coordinates: 8°54′35″S 140°06′05″W / 8.90972°S 140.10139°W / -8.90972; -140.10139