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Diocese of Ponce

Dioecesis Poncensis

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General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Erected: 21 November 1924
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Puerto Rico
  • Square Kilometers: 830 (320 Square Miles)
  • Description: Comprises the south portion of the Island of Puerto Rico.
  • Catholic Directory Abbreviation: PCE
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Obispado, Apartado 32205, Estación 6, Ponce, PR 00732-2205, Puerto Rico
  • Telephone: (787)848-5265
  • Fax: 844-6127

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

21 November 1924ErectedDiocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) Diocese of Ponce (erected)
30 April 1960Territory LostDiocese of Ponce (Aguada, Aguadilla, Jayuya, Moca, Orocovis, Rincón, and San Sebastián)
Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico (Arecibo, Bareeloneta, Camuy, Ciales, Corozal, Dorado, Hatillo, Isabela, Lares, Manatí, Morovis, Quebradillas, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Utuado, Vega Alta, and Vega Baja)
Diocese of Arecibo (erected)
30 April 1960Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Ponce (from Immediately Subject)
4 November 1964Territory LostDiocese of Ponce (Aibonito, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Guayama, Maunabo, and Patillas)
Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico (Caguas, Gurabo, Juncos, Las Piedras, Humacao, Fajardo, Vieques, Yabucoa, Aguas Buenas, Comerio, Cidra, Cayey, San Lorenzo, Maranjito, Ceiba, Naguabo, Sdo. Cor. Cidra, N. S. Fatima, and San José Caguas)
Diocese of Caguas (erected)
1 March 1976Territory LostDiocese of Arecibo
Diocese of Ponce
Diocese of Mayagüez (erected) (Mayaguez, Aguadilla, Aguada, Moca, San Sebastián, Rincón, Añasco, Las Marías, Maricao, Hormiguero, San Germán, Cabo Rojo, Lajas, and Sabana Grande)
1 March 1976Territory AddedDiocese of Arecibo (Jayuya, La Milagrosa en Catañer or Bartolo-Gatañer (in Lares), and Niño de Praga or Misión Noel (in Yillalba)) Diocese of Ponce
1 March 1976Territory AddedDiocese of Caguas (Guayama, Arroyo, and Patillas) Diocese of Ponce


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource

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

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  • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 68, Page 230, and Page 231


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