Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho
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Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho
Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho

Apostolicus Vicariatus Portus Ayacuquensis
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately exempt to the Holy See
Area183,000 km2 (71,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
167,000 (76.3%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 February 1932 (90 years ago)
CathedralCatedral María Auxiliadora
Current leadership
Vicar ApostolicJonny Eduardo Reyes Sequera, S.D.B.
Bishops emeritusJosé Angel Divassón Cilveti, S.D.B.
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The Apostolic Vicariate (or Vicariate Apostolic) of Puerto Ayacucho (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Portus Ayacuquensis) is a Latin Church missionary ecclesiastical jurisdiction or apostolic vicariate of the Catholic Church in Venezuela.

Its cathedral see, Catedral María Auxiliadora, is located in the town of Puerto Ayacucho, in Venezuela's Amazonas state. It is immediately exempt to the Holy See and not part of any ecclesiastical province.


On 5 February 1932 Pope Pius XI established the Prefecture Apostolic of Alto Orinoco from territory taken from the then Diocese of Santo Tomás de Guayana (which meanwhile became the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ciudad Bolívar).

It was elevated to a Vicariate Apostolic and given its present name by Pope Pius XII on 7 May 1953.[1][2]

Incumbent Ordinaries

So far, all incumbents have been members of the missionary Salesians (S.D.B.) congregation

Apostolic Prefects of Alto Orinoco
  • Enrico de Ferrari, S.D.B. + (14 Nov. 1932 - 3 Aug. 1945)
  • Cosma Alterio, S.D.B. + (31 Jan. 1947 - 1950)
  • Segundo García Fernández, S.D.B. + (21 Aug. 1950 - cfr. infra)
Apostolic Vicars
  • Segundo García Fernández, S.D.B. + (cfr. supra - 5 Oct. 1974)
  • Enzo Ceccarelli Catraro, S.D.B. + (5 Oct. 1974 - 23 Oct. 1989)
  • Ignacio Velasco, S.D.B. + (23 Oct. 1989 - 27 May 1995) Appointed, Archbishop of Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela
  • José Angel Divassón Cilveti, S.D.B. (23 Feb. 1996 - present)

See also

Sources and references

  1. ^ "Vicariate Apostolic of Puerto Ayacucho". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved .[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ayacucho". Giga Catholic. Retrieved .

External links

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