Apostolic Vicariate of Goajira

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The Apostolic Vicariate of Goajira was a Roman Catholic missionary jurisdiction on the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia. It was exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Hole See, not part of an ecclesiastical province.


The mission of Goajira, a territory split from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Marta, was erected by Pope Pius X on 17 January 1905, as an Apostolic vicariate, dependent on the Roman Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs. Mgr. Attanasio Maria Vincenzo Soler-Royo, O.F.M. Cap., was appointed to the vicariate on 18 April 1907. The Capuchins, who were in charge of the Catholic missions, have had a great influence over the natives, and large numbers have been converted.

On 4 December 1952, it was suppressed to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Riohacha and the Apostolic Vicariate of Valledupar (now both suffragan dioceses of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Barranquilla).

Incumbent Ordinaries[edit]

All Apsostolic Vicars were missionaries of the Capuchins order and titular bishops

  • Atanasio María Vicente Soler y Royo, Titular Bishop of Citharizum (1906.12.22 – 1930.11.21)
  • Joaquín Alcaide y Bueso, Titular Bishop of Castoria (1931.12.15 – 1943.02.21)
  • Vicente Roig y Villalba, Titular Bishop of Arad (1944.12.15 – 1952.12.04); he went on as first Vicar Apostolic of Valledupar

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