Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau ( Portuguese: ; Diocese de Macau Chinese: ?) is an exempt (i.e. an immediate subject of the Holy See and not part of any ecclesiastical province) Latin Rite diocese of the Catholic Church, in contrast with the  Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, which is, de iure, part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Guangdong.
The territory of the Diocese of Macau encompasses
Macau, a special administrative region of China. In theory, a part of Guangdong province also belongs to the diocese, but in practice, the diocese is limited to Macau.
cathedral is the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady.
patron saints are Francis Xavier and Catherine of Siena, and its motto is Scientia et Virtus (Knowledge and Virtue).
Stephen Lee Bun-sang is the current bishop and the third Chinese bishop of the diocese.
It was established on January 23, 1576 by the edict of
Pope Gregory XIII, on vast territory split off from Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca. It originally covered China, Japan, Vietnam and the Malay archipelago, with the exception of the Philippines. From its founding, the diocese was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese (soon Patriarchate) of Goa, in Portuguese India.
It gradually lost most of its territory, in and around continental China:
It was made exempt in 1975, following
Portugal's loss of sovereignty over Goa, its former Metropolitan.
It now only administers
Macau alone, the last regions outside Macau under its administration were the parishes of Saint Joseph in Singapore (re-united with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore c. 1972) and St. Peter's Church in Malacca (now as part of Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca-Johor), which separated from the Diocese of Macau in 1981.
Bishops of Macau
Diego Núñez de Figueroa (1576-1578)
Leonardo Fernandes de Sá, O.Cist. (1578-1597) João de Abrantes a Pietate,
O.P. (1604-1625) João de Casal (1690-1735)
Eugénio de Trigueiros,
O.E.S.A. (1735-1740), appointed Archbishop of Goa Hilário de Santa Rosa,
O.F.M. (1740-1752) Bartolomeu Manoel Mendes dos Reis (1753-1773), appointed
Bishop of Mariana Alexandre da Silva Pedrosa Guimarães (1773-1789)
Marcelino José da Silva (1789-1802)
Manuel de Santo Galdino, O.F.M. (1802-1804); appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later
Archbishop of Goa Francisco Chachim, O.F.M. Disc. (1804-1828)
Nicolaus Rodrigues Pereira de Borja,
C.M. (1843-1845) Jerónimo José de Mata, C.M. (1845-1862)
Pereira Botelho do Amaral e Pimentel (1866-1871), appointed
Bishop of Angra Manuel Bernardo de Sousa Enes (1874-1883), appointed
Bishop of Bragança e Miranda and later Bishop of Portalegre
António Joaquim de Medeiros (1884-1897) José Manuel de Carvalho (1897-1902), appointed
Bishop of Angra João Paulino de Azevedo e Castro (1902-1918)
José da Costa Nunes (1920-1940), appointed Archbishop of Goa and Daman (elevated to Cardinal in 1962) João de Deus Ramalho, S.J. (1942-1953)
Policarpo da Costa Vaz (1954-1960), appointed
Bishop of Guarda Paulo José Tavares (1961-1973)
Exempt Bishops of Macau
The Diocese is divided in:
six parishes (five in
Macau Peninsula and one on Taipa island):
two quasi-parishes, both on Macau Peninsula:
St. Francis Xavier, Mong Há
St. Joseph, Iao Hon one mission (on Coloane island):
St. Francis Xavier, Coloane
The following schools are directly operated by the diocese:
Preschool through secondary school
Preschool through junior high school
Preschool and primary school
There are other Catholic schools in Macau which are operated by
"Macau marks 440th anniversary". Sunday Examiner. Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. 17 January 2016. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019 . Retrieved 2019.
Colégio Diocesano de São José." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua da Sé, no.19" - Chinese profile: "?: "
Colégio Diocesano de São José 5." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua Central de Toi San, no. 253" - Chinese profile: "?253?"
Escola São Paulo." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rampa dos Cavaleiros, nos.12-14" - Chinese profile: "12-14?"
Escola do Santíssimo Rosário." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Largo da Companhia, No. 14, Macau" Chinese profile: "14?"
"Escola do Santíssimo Rosário to close in 2017". . 2016-06-17 O Clarim . Retrieved .
Escola Dom João Paulino." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Avenida de Carlos da Maia, s/n, Taipa" - Chinese profile: ""
Escola Madalena de Canossa." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua do Comandante João Belo Fai Chi Kei, no.28" - Chinese profile: "?28?"
Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Avenida Conselheiro Borja, no.592" - Chinese profile: "592?"
Coordinates: 22°11?37?N 113°32?31?E / 22.1936°N 113.5420°E