Catholic Church


Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands)

Marshall Islands

Also known as: Marshallinseln (Deutsch), Marshall Islas Marshall (español), les Îles Marshall (français), Isole Marshall (Italiano), Wyspy Marshalla (polski), Ilhas Marshall (Português), 馬紹爾群島 (正體中文), マーシャル諸島 (日本語), Insulæ Marsalienses (latine)

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Apostolic Nunciature: Marshall Islands Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa (66)

Conference of Bishops: Conferentia Episcopalis Pacifici (C.E. PAC.) Bishop Paul Patrick Donoghue, S.M. (74)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O.) Bishop Anthony Randazzo (57)


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Continent: Oceania

Capital: Majuro

Area: 181 km²

Population: 74,539

Neighbouring Countries: Micronesia Micronesia, ↗ U.S. Minor Islands U.S. Minor Islands, ↘ Kiribati Kiribati

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 54.8%, Assembly of God 25.8%, Roman Catholic 8.4%, Bukot nan Jesus 2.8%, Mormon 2.1%, other Christian 3.6%, other 1%, none 1.5%

Languages: Marshallese (official) 98.2%, other languages 1.8%

Ethnic Groups: Marshallese 92.1%, mixed Marshallese 5.9%, other 2%

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 181 km²

Catholic Population: 5,000 Catholics (8.5% of 59,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 5 parishes, 9 mission stations (without resident priest)

Clergy: 6 priests (1 diocesan, 5 religious), 3 permanent deacons (diocesan)

Non-Clergy: 6 religious (sisters), 2 major seminarians, 70 catechists


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1990Statistics included in Micronesia Micronesia

Last updated on 2023.11.30

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