Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre

Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France

Archidioecesis Sancti Petri et Arcis Gallicae

Archidiocèse de Saint-Pierre et Fort-de-France
Cathédrale Saint Louis.jpg
Location
CountryMartinique, France
HeadquartersFort-de-France
Coordinates14°36′34″N 61°04′35″W / 14.60931750°N 61.07625070°W / 14.60931750; -61.07625070Coordinates: 14°36′34″N 61°04′35″W / 14.60931750°N 61.07625070°W / 14.60931750; -61.07625070
Statistics
Area1,080 km2 (420 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2006)
390,000
312,000 (80.0%)
Information
DenominationCatholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedSeptember 27, 1850; 172 years ago (1850-09-27)
CathedralSt. Louis Cathedral
LanguageFrench
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopDavid Macaire, O.P.
Bishops emeritusGilbert Marie Michel Méranville Archbishop Emeritus (2015-); Maurice Rigobert Marie-Sainte Archbishop Emeritus (1972–2004)
Website
martinique.catholique.fr

The Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France (Latin: Archidioecesis Sancti Petri et Arcis Gallicae; French: Archidiocèse de Saint-Pierre et Fort-de-France), more simply known as the Archdiocese of Fort-de-France, is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or archdiocese of the Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The archdiocese comprises the entirety of the French overseas department of Martinique.

A metropolitan archdiocese, its ecclesiastical province includes the suffragan dioceses of Cayenne and Basse-Terre, and all are members of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

Archbishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville's retirement for age reasons was accepted by Pope Francis on Saturday, 7 March 2015;[1] he is succeeded by Msg. David Macaire, O.P., a Dominican priest who until then had been serving as prior of the convent La Sainte-Baume, in Toulon, France and as of now, the incumbent prelate.

As of 2006, the diocese contained 47 parishes, 35 active diocesan priests, 23 religious priests and 310,000 Catholics. It also has 171 Women Religious and 33 Religious Brothers.[citation needed]

History

The diocese received its present status on 27 September 1850, when the Apostolic Prefecture of Îles de la Terre Ferme (which had lost French Guiana in 1731) was promoted from the missionary status of Apostolic Prefecture to Diocese of Martinique (Latin: Dioecesis Martinicensis; French: Diocèse de la Martinique), but also lost territory to establish the Diocese of Guadeloupe et Basse-Terre.

1853.09.12, it was renamed as Diocese of Saint-Pierre, 1902.05.08 again as Diocese of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre.

It was elevated to an archdiocese on 26 September 1967.

Bishops

Episcopal incumbents

Bishops of Saint-Pierre
  • Etienne Jean François Le Herpeur (1850–1858; till 1853 as Bishop of Martinique)
  • Louis-Martin Porchez (1858–1860)
  • Amand-Joseph Fava (1871–1875)
  • Julien-François-Pierre Carmené (1875–1897)
  • Étienne-Joseph-Frédéric Tanoux (1898–1899)
  • Maurice-Charles-Alfred de Cormont (1899–1902 see below)
Bishops of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre
  • Maurice-Charles-Alfred de Cormont (see above 1902–1911)
  • Joseph Félix François Malleret C.S.Sp. (1912–1914)
  • Paul-Louis-Joseph Lequien (1915–1941)
  • Henri-Marie-François Varin de la Brunelière C.S.Sp. (1941–1967 see below)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Fort-de-France–Saint-Pierre

Auxiliary bishop

Churches

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Archdiocese of Fort-de-France (e Saint Pierre)". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

References

  • GigaCatholic, with episcopal incumbent biographies
  • Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Martinique" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

External links

  • Official website
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