Apostolic Vicariate of Caroní

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Apostolic Vicariate of Caroní
Apostolicus Vicariatus Caronensis
Misión de Santa Elena 4a.jpg
Cathedral of St. Helen
Country Venezuela
Area 80,309 km2 (31,007 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
41,550 (74.2%)
Parishes 5
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4 March 1922 (94 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral de Santa Elena
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Apostolic Vicar Felipe González González

The Apostolic Vicariate (or Vicariate Apostolic) of Caroní (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Caronensis) is a missionary circonscription of the Roman Catholic Church.

It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province. Its cathedral see, Catedral de Santa Elena, is located in the city of Santa Elena de Uairén in Venezuela's landlocked Bolívar state.


On 4 March 1922 Pope Pius XI established the Apostolic Vicariate of Caroní.

It lost territory in 1954 when the Apostolic Vicariate of Tucupita was established.[1][2]

Incumbent Ordinaries[edit]

So far, all apostolic vicars were Capucins (O.F.M. Cap.)

  • Benvenuto Diego Alonso y Nistal, O.F.M. Cap. † (23 Dec. 1923 - 24 March 1938)
  • Constantino Gómez Villa, O.F.M. Cap. † (14 July 1938 - 11 Oct. 1967)
  • Mariano Gutiérrez Salazar, O.F.M. Cap. † (11 March 1968 - 23 Oct. 1995)
  • Santiago Pérez Sánchez, O.F.M. Cap. † (28 May 1993 - 2 July 1994)
  • Jesús Alfonso Guerrero Contreras, O.F.M. Cap. (6 Dec. 1995 - 9 April 2011: Appointed Bishop of Machiques)
  • Felipe González González, O.F.M. Cap. (26 May 2014 – present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vicariate Apostolic of Caroní". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-04-19. [self-published source]
  2. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Caroní". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 

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