Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho

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Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho
Apostolicus Vicariatus Portus Ayacuquensis
Country Venezuela
Area 183,000 km2 (71,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
167,000 (76.3%)
Parishes 12
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5 February 1932 (84 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral María Auxiliadora
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Vicar Apostolic José Angel Divassón Cilveti, S.D.B.

The Apostolic Vicariate (or Vicariate Apostolic) of Puerto Ayacucho (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Portus Ayacuquensis) is a missionary circonscription of the Roman Catholic Church.

Its cathedral see, Catedral María Auxiliadora, is located in the town of Puerto Ayacucho, in Venezuela's Amazonas state. It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.


On 5 February 1932 Pope Pius XI established the Prefecture Apostolic of Alto Orinoco from territory taken from the then Diocese of Santo Tomás de Guayana (which meanwhile became the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ciudad Bolívar).

It was elevated to a Vicariate Apostolic and given its present name by Pope Pius XII on 7 May 1953.[1][2]

Incumbent Ordinaries[edit]

So far, all incumbents have been members of the missionary Salesians (S.D.B.) congregation

Apostolic Prefects of Alto Orinoco
  • Enrico de Ferrari, S.D.B. † (14 Nov. 1932 - 3 Aug. 1945)
  • Cosma Alterio, S.D.B. † (31 Jan. 1947 - 1950)
  • Segundo García Fernández, S.D.B. † (21 Aug. 1950 - cfr. infra)
Apostolic Vicars
  • Segundo García Fernández, S.D.B. † (cfr. supra- 5 Oct. 1974)
  • Enzo Ceccarelli Catraro, S.D.B. † (5 Oct. 1974 - 23 Oct. 1989)
  • Ignacio Velasco, S.D.B. † (23 Oct. 1989 - 27 May 1995) Appointed, Archbishop of Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela
  • José Angel Divassón Cilveti, S.D.B. (23 Feb. 1996–present)

See also[edit]

Sources and references[edit]

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

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