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Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico

Archidioecesis Sancti Joannis Portoricensis

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Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 30 April 1960
  • Metropolitan See
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Puerto Rico
  • Square Kilometers: 1,056 (407 Square Miles)
  • Description: Comprises the northeast portion of the Island of Puerto Rico.
  • Catholic Directory Abbreviation: SJN
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Calle Encarnacion 1564, Urb. Caparra Heights, San Juan, PR 00920-4739, Puerto Rico
  • Telephone: (787)727-7373
  • Fax: 726-8280

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico)
8 August 1511ErectedArchdiocese of Sevilla {Seville} Diocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) (erected) (Suffragan of Seville, Spain)
1519Territory AddedDiocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) (Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles from Santa Cruz to Dominica)
12 February 1546Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) (From Seville (Spain) to Santo Domngo (Dominican Republic))
20 May 1790Territory LostDiocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) Diocese of Guayana (erected)
21 November 1924Territory LostDiocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) (Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aibonito, Añasco, Arroyo, Guànica, Barranquitas, Cabo Bojo, Coamo, Guayama, Guayanilla, Hormigueros, Las Marias, Jayuya, Juana Diaz , Lajas, Maricao, Manuabo, Mayaguez, Moca, Patillas, Peñuelas, Ponce, Rincón, Sabana Grande...) Diocese of Ponce (erected)
Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
21 November 1924Name ChangedDiocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico)
Diocese of Roseau (Virgin Islands)
Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
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 1960Territory LostDiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico (Virgin Islands) Territorial Prelature of Virgin Islands (erected)
Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
30 April 1960ElevatedDiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
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)
21 October 1968Territory AddedDiocese of Arecibo (Toa Baja) Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
1 March 1976Territory AddedDiocese of Arecibo (Toa Alta and Dorado) Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
11 March 2008Territory LostDiocese of Caguas (Fajardo, Naguabo, Ceiba, Vieques, Culebra, and Humacao)
Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico (Canóvanas, Loíza, Luquillo, and Río Grande)
Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Puerto Rico (Porto Rico)
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 5, Page 321
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 6, Page 345
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 162, to Page 163
  • Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 17, Page 441, to Page 443
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 53, Page 88, to Page 91
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 60, Page 812, and Page 813
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 68, Page 230, and Page 231
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