Roman Catholic Diocese of Vanimo
Diocese of Vanimo
Coat of arms
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Madang|
|Area||26,000 km2 (10,000 sq mi)|
|(as of 2015)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||15 November 1966|
|Cathedral||Holy Cross Pro-Cathedral|
|Patron saint||The Holy Cross|
|Bishop||Francis Meli, JCL|
|Bishops emeritus||Cesare Bonivento, P.I.M.E.|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Vanimo is a suffragan diocese in the Latin rite ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Madang in Papua New Guinea, yet depends on the Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
As per 2015, it pastorally served 37,765 Catholics (34.0% of 111,000 total population) on 26,000 km² in 13 parishes and 96 missions with 26 priests (8 diocesan, 18 religious), 43 lay religious (20 brothers, 23 sisters) and 14 seminarians.
- It was erected in 1963.09.13 as Apostolic Vicariate of Vanimo / Uanimitanus (Latin adjective), on territory split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Aitape (now a diocese)
- Promoted on 1966.11.15 as Diocese of Vanimo / Uanimitan(us) (Latin).
(all Roman rite, initially foreign members of missionary congregations)
- Apostolic Prefect of Vanimo
- Suffragan Bishops of Vanimo
- Paschal Sweeney, C.P. (see above 1966.11.15 – retired 1979.09.22), died 1981
- John Etheridge, C.P. (born Australia) (1980.04.24 – retired 1989.02.07), died 2002
- Apostolic Administrator Father David Wilkie, C.P. (1989 – 1991.12.21), no other prelature
- Cesare Bonivento, Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (P.I.M.E.) (born Italy) (1991.12.21 – retired 2018.02.05)
- Bishop-elect Francis Meli (first native incumbent) (2018.02.05 – ...).
- GCatholic, with Google satellite HQ picture - data for all sections
- "Diocese of Vanimo". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-01-07.
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