Military Ordinariate of Peru

Military Bishopric of Peru

Obispado Castrense del Perú
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately exempt to the Holy See
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established15 May 1943 (79 years ago)
Current leadership
BishopJuan Carlos Vera Plasencia, MSC

The Military Bishopric of Peru (Spanish: Obispado Castrense del Perú) is a Latin Church military ordinariate of the Catholic Church. Immediately exempt to the Holy See, it provides pastoral care to Catholics serving in the Peruvian Armed Forces and their families.

Pope Francis appointed the Bishop Prelate of the Territorial Prelature of Caravelí, Bishop Juan Carlos Vera Plasencia, MSC, as bishop-designate for the Military Ordinariate of Peru on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The bishop was be installed as military ordinary at a later date.[1]


It was established as a military vicariate on 15 May 1943, but the first military vicar was not appointed until 13 January 1945. It was elevated to a military ordinariate on 21 July 1986.[citation needed]

Office holders

Military vicars

  • Juan Gualberto Guevara (appointed 13 January 1945 – died 27 November 1954)
  • Carlos Maria Jurgens Byrne, C.SS.R. (appointed 7 February 1954 – translated to the Archdiocese of Cuzco 17 December 1956)
  • Felipe Santiago Hermosa y Sarmiento, Archbishop (personal title) (appointed 17 December 1956 – retired 1967)
  • Alcides Mendoza Castro, Archbishop (personal title) (appointed 12 August 1967 – translated to the Archdiocese of Cuzco 5 October 1983)
  • Eduardo Picher Peña (appointed 14 June 1984 – became military ordinary 21 July 1986); see below

Military ordinaries


  1. ^ "Military Ordinariate of Peru, Military". Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  • Military Ordinariate of Peru (Catholic-Hierarchy)
  • Obispado Castrense del Perú (
  • [1] (Vatican Website)

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