Apostolic Vicariate of Méndez

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Apostolic Vicariate of Méndez
Apostolicus Vicariatus Mendezensis
Ecuador Macas churchVirgenPurisima.JPG
Cathedral in Macas
Country Ecuador
Area 25,690 km2 (9,920 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
111,000 (88.1%)
Parishes 70
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 17 February 1893 (122 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Purísima de Macas
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Vicar Apostolic Néstor Montesdeoca Becerra, S.D.B.
Emeritus Bishops Pietro Gabrielli, S.D.B.
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The Apostolic Vicariate (or Vicariate Apostolic) of Méndez (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Mendezensis) is a misisonary circonsciption of the Roman Catholic Church.

Its cathedral see, Catedral Purísima de Macas, is located in the city of Macas in Ecuador's Morona-Santiago province. It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.


On 17 February 1893 Pope Leo XIII established the Vicariate Apostolic of Méndez y Gualaquiza from the Vicariate Apostolic of Napo.

Pope Pius XII shortened its name to the Vicariate Apostolic of Méndez on 12 April 1951.[1][2]

Incumbent Ordinaries[edit]

So far, all its apostolic vicars were members of the missionary Salesians order (S.D.B.)

Apostolic vicars of Méndez y Gualaquiza
  • Santiago (Giacomo) Costamagna, S.D.B. † 1921(18 March 1895 - 1919)
  • Domenico Comin, S.D.B. (1920.03.05 – 1951.04.12 cfr. infra
Apostolic vicars of Méndez
  • Domenico Comin, S.D.B. (cfr. supra; 1951.04.12 – 1963.08.17)
  • José Félix Pintado Blasco, S.D.B. † (17 Aug. 1963 - 24 Jan. 1981)
  • Teodoro Luis Arroyo Robelly, S.D.B. † (24 Jan. 1981 - 1 July 1993)
  • Pietro Gabrielli, S.D.B. (1 July 1993 - 15 April 2008)
  • Néstor Montesdeoca Becerra, S.D.B. (15 Apr 2008–present)

See also[edit]

Sources and References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vicariate Apostolic of Méndez". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Méndez". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-04-17.