Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica
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Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica

Not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston, Canada
Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica

Archidioecesis Regiopolitana in Iamaica
Country Jamaica
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Kingston in Jamaica
Coordinates18°05?20?N 77°16?56?W / 18.0889°N 77.2821°W / 18.0889; -77.2821Coordinates: 18°05?20?N 77°16?56?W / 18.0889°N 77.2821°W / 18.0889; -77.2821
Area3,267 km2 (1,261 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
58,400 (4%)
SchoolsCampion College, St. George's College, Alpha Academy, St. Catherine High, St. Mary's College, Immaculate Conception High, Marymount High, Holy Childhood High
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established10 January 1837 (183 years ago)
CathedralHoly Trinity Cathedral
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopKenneth Richards
Bishops emeritusCharles Dufour
Donald James Reece
Edgerton Clarke
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The Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica (Latin: Archidioecesis Regiopolitana in Iamaica) is an archdiocese of the Roman Rite within the Roman Catholic Church.[1] Its area is the majority of Jamaica, including its capital, Kingston.[1] The ecclesiastical province has three suffragan dioceses: Belize City-Belmopan, Mandeville and Montego Bay, as well as the Mission Sui Iuris of Cayman Islands.[1][2] They and the archdiocese are members of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.[1]


The archdiocese was originally called the Vicariate Apostolic of Jamaica when it was erected in 1837.[1] In 1956, it became Diocese of Kingston and included all of Jamaica.[1] In September 1967, two suffragans were split from the diocese and the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese.[1]

As of 2006, the diocese contains 32 parishes, 30 active diocesan priests, 27 religious priests, and 56,200 Catholics.[2] It also has 174 religious brothers, 113 religious sisters, and 19 permanent deacons.[2]Donald James Reece was the Archbishop between 12 April 2008 and 15 April 2011.[2] He was succeeded by Charles Henry Dufour, former bishop of the Diocese of Montego Bay, who was appointed 15 April 2011.[2]



  1. Benito Fernández, O.F.M. (1837-1855)
  2. James Eustace Dupeyron, S.J. (1855-1872)
  3. Joseph Sidney Woollett, S.J. (1871-1877)
  4. Thomas Porter, S.J. (1877-1888)
  5. Charles Gordon, S.J. (1889-1906)
  6. John J. Collins, S.J. (1907-1918)
  7. William F. O'Hare, S.J. (1919-1926)
  8. Joseph N. Dinand, S.J. (1927-1930)
  9. Thomas Addis Emmet, S.J. (1930-1949)
  10. John J. McEleney, S.J. (1950-1970)
  11. Samuel Carter, S.J. (1970-1994)
  12. Edgerton Clarke (1994-2004)
  13. Lawrence Aloysius Burke, S.J. (2004-2008)
  14. Donald James Reece (2008-2011)
  15. Charles Dufour (2011-2016)
  16. Kenneth Richards (2017-present)

Coadjutor bishop

Auxiliary bishop

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica, West indies. "Archdiocese of Kingston". Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e Cheney, David. "Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica". Retrieved 2012.

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