Roman Catholic Diocese of Arecibo

Coordinates: 18°28′21″N 66°42′57″W / 18.47250°N 66.71583°W / 18.47250; -66.71583
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Diocese of Arecibo

Dioecesis Arecibensis

Diócesis de Arecibo
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Country Puerto Rico
TerritoryHalf of the northern portion of the island of Puerto Rico[1]
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of San Juan de Puerto Rico
Area833 sq mi (2,160 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
372,000 (61.3%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established30 April 1960 (63 years ago)
CathedralCatedral de San Felipe Apóstol
Current leadership
BishopAlberto Arturo Figueroa Morales
Metropolitan ArchbishopRoberto González Nieves, O.F.M.
Bishops emeritusDaniel Fernández Torres

The Diocese of Arecibo (Latin: Dioecesis Arecibensis Spanish: Diócesis de Arecibo) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church and consists of half of the northern portion of the island of Puerto Rico,[1] a commonwealth of the United States. The mother church is the Catedral de San Felipe Apostol located in City of Arecibo. Its jurisdiction includes the municipalities of Isabela, Quebradillas, Camuy, Hatillo, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Florida, Manatí, Vega Baja, Vega Alta, Lares, Utuado, Ciales, Morovis, Corozal, and Orocovis.[2]


The See of Arecibo was canonically erected on 30 April 1960 and is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico.


The list of ordinaries (bishops of the diocese) and their terms of service:

  1. Alfredo Méndez-Gonzalez, C.S.C. (1960–1974)
  2. Miguel Rodriguez Rodriguez, C.Ss.R. (1974–1990)
  3. Iñaki Mallona Txertudi, C.P. (1991–2010)
  4. Daniel Fernández Torres, (2010–2022)[3]
  5. Alberto Arturo Figueroa Morales, (2022–)

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops[edit]

San Juan Archdiocese bankruptcy[edit]

On 7 September 2018, Judge Edward Godoy ruled that the bankruptcy filed by the Archdiocese of San Juan would also apply to every Catholic diocese in Puerto Rico, including Arecibo, and that all would now have their assets protected under Chapter 11.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Diocese of Arecibo. Accessed 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ Diocesis de Ponce. Accessed 12 July 2021.
  3. ^ "El papa Francisco destituye al obispo de la diócesis de Arecibo" [Pope Francis dismisses the bishop of the Diocese of Arecibo]. El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). 9 March 2022. ISSN 1043-7614. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Federal judge decides that bankruptcy filing applies to all of Puerto Rico's Roman Catholic churches". Pasquines. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Judge: Bankruptcy applies to all Puerto Rico Catholic churches". Caribbean Business. 7 September 2018.

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