Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Archidioecesis Sanctae Crucis de Sierra
Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of St. Lawrence
Country Bolivia
Ecclesiastical province Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Area 50,000 km2 (19,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
1,805,000 (78.8%)
Parishes 72
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5 July 1605 (408 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Metropolitana Basílica de San Lorenzo
Current leadership
Pope Template:Incumbent pope
Archbishop Sergio Alfredo Gualberti
Auxiliary Bishops Stanisław Dowlaszewicz Billman, O.F.M. Conv.
René Leigue Cesari
Braulio Sáez Garcia, O.C.D.
Emeritus Bishops Julio Terrazas Sandoval, C.Ss.R.

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Latin: Archidioecesis Sanctae Crucis de Sierra) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Bolivia. It was erected as the Diocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra by Pope Paul V on July 5, 1605, and was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Paul VI on July 30, 1975, with the suffragan see of San Ignacio de Velasco.

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is Cathedral-Basilica of San Lorenzo. The current Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Sergio Alfredo Gualberti.

List of bishops of archbishops of Santa Cruz de la Sierra

  • Antonio Calderón de León (1605 - 1621)
  • Fernando de Ocampo, OFM (1621 - 1632)
  • Juan Francisco de Padilla, O de M (1695 - ?)
  • Jaime de Mimbela, OP (1714 - 1720)
  • Andrés Vergara Uribe (1741 - 1744)
  • Juan Domingo González de la Reguera (1776 - 1780)
  • Manuel Nicolás Rojas de Argandoña (1795 - 1803)
  • Francisco Javier Aldazábal (1807 - 1816)
  • Giovanni Giuseppe Baldivia (1878 - 1891)
  • Giuseppe Belisario Santistevan (1891 - 1931)
  • Daniel Rivero Rivero (1931 - 1940)
  • Augustin Arce Mostajo (1940 - 1958)
  • Luis Aníbal Rodríguez Pardo (1958 - 1991)
  • Julio Terrazas Sandoval, C.Ss.R. (1991–2013)
  • Sergio Alfredo Gualberti (since 2013)

See also

External links

  • Catholic-Hierarchy
  • Giga-Catholic Information

Template:R-C dioceses in Bolivia

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