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Archdiocese of Morelia

Archidioecesis Moreliensis

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  • Carlos Garfias Merlos, Archbishop
  • Alberto Suárez Inda, Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus
  • Carlos Suárez Cázares, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
  • Octavio Villegas Aguilar, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Name Changed: 22 November 1924
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • State: Michoacán
  • Country: México
  • Square Kilometers: 18,000 (6,952 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: Don Vasco
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Arzobispado, Costado de Catedral, Frente Ave. Madero Pte. s/n, Apartado 17, 58000 Morelia, Mich., México
  • Telephone: (443)312-05-23; 312-37-38
  • Fax: 312-37-44

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Michoacán
11 August 1536ErectedDiocese of México Diocese of Michoacán (erected)
12 February 1546Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Michoacán (From Seville (Spain) to Mexico (Mexico))
13 July 1548Territory LostDiocese of Michoacán Diocese of Guadalajara (erected)
15 December 1777Territory LostDiocese of Guadalajara
Diocese of Michoacán
Archdiocese of México
Diocese of Linares o Nueva León (erected) (Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Texas)
31 August 1854Territory LostDiocese of Michoacán Diocese of San Luis Potosí (erected)
26 January 1863Territory LostDiocese of Michoacán Diocese of León (erected)
Diocese of Zamora (erected)
26 January 1863Territory LostDiocese of Michoacán
Archdiocese of México
Diocese of Querétaro (erected)
Archdiocese of Michoacán
26 January 1863ElevatedDiocese of Michoacán Archdiocese of Michoacán
16 March 1863Territory LostArchdiocese of Michoacán
Archdiocese of México
Diocese of Tlaxcala (Puebla de los Angeles)
Diocese of Chilapa (erected)
26 July 1913Territory LostArchdiocese of Michoacán
Diocese of Zamora
Diocese of Tacámbaro (erected)
Archdiocese of Morelia
22 November 1924Name ChangedArchdiocese of Michoacán Archdiocese of Morelia
12 February 1965Territory LostArchdiocese of Morelia (Villa Escalante or Santa Clara and Villa Madero) Diocese of Tacámbaro
22 June 1972Territory LostArchdiocese of Morelia (Enandio and Quanoro (in Benito Juárez)) Diocese of Tacámbaro
13 October 1973Territory LostDiocese of León (Dolores Hidalgo, S. Diego de la Unión, S. Luis de la Paz. and S. Miguel Allende)
Archdiocese of Morelia (Celaya, Apaseo ei Alto, Apaseo ei Grande, Comonfort, Cortázar, Juventino Rosas, and Villagrán)
Diocese of Celaya (erected)
7 October 1974Territory AddedDiocese of Zamora (poblado de la Joya) Archdiocese of Morelia
3 July 1987Territory AddedDiocese of Tacámbaro (Enandio and Guarnoro) Archdiocese of Morelia
3 January 2004Territory LostDiocese of León (Irapuato and Pueblo Nuevo)
Archdiocese of Morelia (Abasolo, Cuerámaro, Huanimaro, Jaral del Progreso, Salamanca, and Valle de Santiago along with part of Pénjamo)
Diocese of Irapuato (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Archdiocese of Morelia

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Michoacán
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 3, Page 239
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 155
  • Archdiocese of Morelia
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 66, Page 581, and Page 582
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 79, Page 1,236, and Page 1,237
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