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Diocese of Wewak

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Diocese of Wewak
Basic data
State Papua New Guinea
Metropolitan Bishopric Archdiocese of Madang
Diocesan Bishop Józef Roszyński SVD
Foundation 25. July 1913
Area 36.917 km²
Parishes 48 (2014 / AP 2015)
Inhabitants 375.000 (2014 / AP 2015)
Catholics 229.000 (2014 / AP 2015)
Share 61,1 %
Diocesan Priest 25 (2014 / AP 2015)
Religious priest 11 (2014 / AP 2015)
Catholics per priest 6361
Friars 31 (2014 / AP 2015)
Religious Sisters 72 (2014 / AP 2015)
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral Christ the King Cathedral

The Diocese of Wewak (Latin: Dioecesis Ueuakensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese located in Papua New Guinea with its seat in Wewak.

History

Pope Pius X created the Apostolic Prefecture of Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land on 25 July 1913 from the division of the Apostolic Prefecture of Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land into the Apostolic Prefectures of Eastern Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land and Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land. On 14 November 1922, it adopted the name Apostolic Prefecture of Central New Guinea.

With the Breve Quae rei sacrae it was elevated to the status of Vicariate Apostolic on 22 August 1931. On 15 May 1952, with the Bull Ad latius prolatandam, it took the name of Vicariate Apostolic of Wewak. It was elevated to the status of diocese on 15 November 1966 by the Apostolic Constitution Laeta incrementa.

It lost parts of its territory in favor of the establishment of the following bishoprics:

  • to the Apostolic Prefecture of Aitape on 15 May 1952;
  • to the Apostolic Vicariate of Mount Hagen on 18 June 1959.

Ordinaries

Apostolic Prefects of the Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land

  • Canisius Theodorus Gellings SS.CC. (19 August 1913 – 1918)
  • Adalberto Ottone Rielander SSCC (1918-1922)

Apostolic Prefects of Central New Guinea

  • Teodosio Heikenrath SSCC (1922-1923)
  • Josef Lörks SVD (19 June 1928 – 22 August 1931)

Vicars Apostolic of Central New Guinea

  • Josef Lörks SVD (22 August 1931 – 17 March 1943)
  • Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld SVD (8 July 1948 – 15 May 1952)

Vicar Apostolic of Wewak

  • Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld SVD (15 May 1952 – 15 November 1966)

Bishops of Wewak

  • Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld SVD (15 November 1966 – 19 December 1975, then Archbishop of Madang)
  • Raymond Philip Kalisch SVD (24 April 1980 – 14 August 2002)
  • Anthony Joseph Burgess (August 14, 2002 – September 20, 2013)
  • Józef Roszyński SVD (since 6 February 2015)

Statistics

Year Population Priest Permanent deacons Religious Parishes
Catholics Inhabitants % Total Diocesan Priest Religious priest Catholics per priest Friars Religious Sisters
1950 33.625 296.944 11,3 46 46 730 33
1970 84.392 195.719 43,1 64 11 53 1.318 1 96 69
1980 113.000 208.000 54,3 60 7 53 1.883 7 101 57
1990 125.350 197.641 63,4 61 8 53 2.054 7 90 77
1999 89.280 145.264 61,5 59 18 41 1.513 6 74 67
2000 182.323 278.998 65,3 52 19 33 3.506 6 70 60
2001 187.755 280.258 67,0 54 22 32 3.476 6 69 77
2002 193.174 288.968 66,8 59 24 35 3.274 6 72 60
2003 193.937 292.597 66,3 50 25 25 3.878 5 62 60
2004 195.950 295.700 66,3 44 23 21 4.453 4 46 68
2010 210.000 344.000 61,0 37 22 15 5.675 1 35 72 45

See also

  • List of Roman Catholic dioceses

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