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Archdiocese of Tamale

Archidioecesis Tamalensis

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  • Philip Naameh, Archbishop

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 30 May 1977
  • Metropolitan See
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelization
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Ghana
  • Square Kilometers: 7,383 (2,851 Square Miles)
  • Description: Tamale Metropolitan, Tolon, Kumbungu, Savelugu-Nanton, East Gonja, and Kpandai Districts
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Archbishop's House, P.O. Box TL 42, Gumbehini Rd., Tamale, N.R., Ghana
  • Telephone: (037)20.22.732

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Navrongo
11 January 1926ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Ouagadougou (Media Valley) Prefecture Apostolic of Navrongo (erected)
28 May 1932Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Costa d’Oro {Gold Coast} (Territory between Kumasi and Navrongo) Prefecture Apostolic of Navrongo
Vicariate Apostolic of Navrongo
26 February 1934ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Navrongo Vicariate Apostolic of Navrongo
Diocese of Tamale
18 April 1950ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Navrongo Diocese of Tamale
23 April 1956Territory LostDiocese of Keta
Diocese of Tamale
Diocese of Navrongo (erected) (Kassena Builsa and Mamprussi)
3 November 1959Territory LostDiocese of Tamale (Wa with Lawra and Tumu) Diocese of Wa (erected)
Archdiocese of Tamale
30 May 1977ElevatedDiocese of Tamale Archdiocese of Tamale
3 February 1995Territory LostArchdiocese of Tamale (Western Gonja and Bole) Diocese of Damongo (erected)
16 March 1999Territory LostArchdiocese of Tamale (Yendi, Oushiegu-Karaga, Bimbilla, Saboba-Chereponi, and Zabzugu-Tatale) Diocese of Yendi (erected)


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

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Navrongo
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 18, Page 299, and Page 300
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 24, Page 367, and Page 368
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Navrongo
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 27, Page 70, and Page 71
  • Diocese of Tamale
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 42, Page 615, to Page 619
  • Archdiocese of Tamale
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 69, Page 498, and Page 499


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