Archdiocese of Agaña

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Archdiocese of Agaña
Map of the Archdiocese of Agaña
Basic data
Country Guam ( United States )
Diocesan bishop Michael Jude Byrnes
Emeritus diocesan bishop Anthony Sablan Apuron OFMCap
founding 1911
surface 474 km²
Parishes 24 (31.12.2015 / AP2016 )
Residents 165,404 (December 31, 2015 / AP2016 )
Catholics 140,593 ( 12/31/2015 / AP2016 )
proportion of 85%
Diocesan priest 41 (December 31, 2015 / AP2016 )
Religious priest 9 (31.12.2015 / AP2016 )
Catholics per priest 2,812
Permanent deacons 18 (31.12.2015 / AP2016 )
Friars 10 (31.12.2015 / AP2016 )
Religious sisters 86 ( 12/31/2015 / AP2016 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language English
cathedral Dulce Nombre de Maria
Suffragan dioceses Chalan Kanoa
Islands Marshall Islands
Ecclesiastical province
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The Erzbistum Agaña ( lat. : Archidioecesis Aganiensis ) is an in Guam preferred Roman Catholic Archdiocese based in Hagåtña .

Archbishopric coat of arms


The Archdiocese of Agaña was established on March 1, 1911 by Pope Pius X from the cession of territory of the Apostolic Prefecture of Mariana Islands as the Apostolic Vicariate of Guam . On July 4, 1946, the territory of the Apostolic Prefecture of Mariana Islands was annexed to the Apostolic Vicariate of Guam.

The Apostolic Vicariate Guam was on October 14, 1965 by Pope Paul VI. with the Apostolic Constitution Centenario anno raised to the diocese and renamed the diocese Agaña . On March 8, 1984, the diocese of Agaña was raised to an archbishopric by Pope John Paul II with the Apostolic Constitution Compertum quidem . The Archdiocese Agaña gave 1,984 parts of its territory to the founding of the Apostolic Constitution on November 8 Properamus erected Diocese of Chalan Kanoa from.

In March 2018, Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron OFMCap was dismissed from his office on suspicion of sexual abuse and the Congregation Court for the Doctrine of the Faith was banned from staying in the area of ​​his former archbishopric. He was given the opportunity to appeal. After the final rejection of the appeal on April 4, 2019, Michael Jude Byrnes succeeded him as Archbishop of Agaña.


Vicars Apostolic of Guam

Bishops of Agaña

Archbishops of Agaña

See also

Web links

Commons : Archdiocese of Agaña  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Paul VI: Const. Apost. Centenario anno , AAS 58 (1966), n.6, p. 428ff.
  2. Ioannes Paulus II: Const. Apost. Compertum quidem , AAS 76 (1984), n.7, p. 629ff.
  3. Ioannes Paulus II: Const. Apost. Properamus , AAS 77 (1985), n.2, pp. 110f.
  4. Vatican removes archbishop of Guam from office. , March 17, 2018, accessed on March 19, 2018.
    Christine Seuss: Church court dismisses archbishop for child abuse. Vatican News, March 16, 2018, accessed March 19, 2018
  5. Comunicato della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, April 4, 2019, accessed April 4, 2019 .
  6. Successione dell'Arcivescovo di Agaña (Guam). In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, April 6, 2019, accessed April 6, 2019 .