Apostolic Vicariate of Puyo

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Apostolic Vicariate of Puyo
Apostolicus Vicariatus Puyoënsis
Country Ecuador
Area 31,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
61,100 (90.1%)
Parishes 23
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4 October 1886 (130 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Vicar Apostolic Rafael Cob García
Emeritus Bishops Frumencio Escudero Arenas
Ecuador - Vicariato apostolico di Puyo.jpg

The Apostolic Vicariate (Vicariate Apostolic) of Puyo (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Puyoënsis) is an Apostolic Vicariate (missionary pre-diocesan circonscription) of the Roman Catholic Church. It has a cathedral see, the Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario, located in the city of Puyo, capital of Pastaza Province in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.


On 4 October 1886, Pope Leo XIII established the Prefecture Apostolic of Canelos e Macas from the Vicariate Apostolic of Napo. Its name was changed to the Apostolic Prefecture of Canelos e Macas' by Pope Pius XI on 19 February 1930.

The prefecture was elevated to the status of Vicariate Apostolic of Canelos by Pope Paul VI on 29 September 1964. Its name was changed to the Vicariate Apostolic of Puyo on 18 May 1976.[1][2]

It remains exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.

Incumbent Ordinaries[edit]

Apostolic prefects of Canelos (y Macas) (all Dominicans)
  • Agostino M. León, O.P. † (17 March 1926 - 1936)
  • Giacinto Maria D’Avila, O.P. † (16 Sep. 1936 - 1948)
  • Sebastião Acosta Hurtado, O.P. † (12 Nov. 1948 - 1958)
  • Alberto Zambrano Palacios, O.P. † (24 Jan. 1959 - see below
Apostolic vicars of Canelos / Puyo
  • Alberto Zambrano Palacios, O.P. † , as above (11 Dec. 1972 Appointed, Bishop of Loja)
  • Tomás Angel Romero Gross, O.P. † (5 July 1973 - 28 Feb. 1990)
  • Frumencio Escudero Arenas (6 Oct. 1992 - 25 July 1998)
  • Rafael Cob García (28 Nov. 1998 - present)

See also[edit]

Sources and References[edit]

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