Roman Catholic Diocese of Villarrica

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For the diocese in Paraguay, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Villarrica del Espíritu Santo
Diocese of Villarrica
Dioecesis Villaricensis
Diócesis de Villarrica
Country Chile
Ecclesiastical province Concepción
Metropolitan Concepción
Area 18,630 km2 (7,190 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
281,000 (70.1%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 16 July 1901 (115 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Villarrica
Patron saint Sacred Heart
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Francisco Javier Stegmeier Schmidlin
Metropolitan Archbishop Fernando Natalio Chomalí Garib
Emeritus Bishops Sixto José Parzinger Foidl, O.F.M. Cap.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Villarrica (Latin: Villaricen(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Villarrica in the Ecclesiastical province of Concepción in Chile.


  • 16 July 1901: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Araucanía from the Diocese of Concepción and Diocese of San Carlos de Ancud
  • 28 March 1928: Promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Araucanía
  • 19 November 2001: Promoted as Diocese of Villarrica


  • Bishops of Villarrica (Roman rite)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Araucanía (Roman rite)
  • Prefects Apostolic of Araucanía (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Guido Benedetto Beck de Ramberga, O.F.M. Cap. (1925.01.20 – 1928.03.28)