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Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Villavicencio

Colombia Colombia

Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese Metr. Archdiocese

Name: Villavicencio / Villavicentien(sis) (Latin)

Suffragan Sees: Granada, San José del Guaviare

Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops

Special Churches

Bogotá (↖), Zipaquirá (↑), Garagoa (↑), Yopal (↗), Trinidad (↗), Puerto Gaitán (→), Granada (↘), San José del Guaviare (↘)

Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop:vacant
Apostolic Administrator (2022.04.23 – ...):Bishop Nelson Jair Cardona Ramírez (53)Bishop Nelson Jair Cardona Ramírez (53)

Bishop of San José del Guaviare (Colombia)

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Villavicencio (Roman Rite)

Bishop Nelson Jair Cardona Ramírez (53)Bishop Nelson Jair Cardona Ramírez (53)Permalink
(Apostolic Administrator 2022.04.23 – ...)

Archbishop Oscar Urbina Ortega (75)Archbishop Oscar Urbina Ortega (75)Permalink
(2007.11.30 – 2022.04.23)

Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Villavicencio (Colombia)

Born:1947.04.13 (Arboledas, Colombia)
Ordained Priest:1973.11.30
Consecrated Bishop:1996.04.13

Titular Bishop of Forconio (1996.03.08 – 1999.11.09)

Auxiliary Bishop of Bogotá (Colombia) (1996.03.08 – 1999.11.09)

Bishop of Cúcuta (Colombia) (1999.11.09 – 2007.11.30)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (2007.11.30 – 2022.04.23)

Vice-President of Episcopal Conference of Colombia (2014.07.09 – 2017.07.05)

President of Episcopal Conference of Colombia (2017.07.05 – 2021.07.04)

Archbishop José Octavio Ruiz Arenas (77)Archbishop José Octavio Ruiz Arenas (77)Permalink
(2004.07.03 – 2007.05.31)

Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Villavicencio (Colombia)
Secretary emeritus of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation

Born:1944.12.21 (Bogotá, Colombia)
Ordained Priest:1969.11.29
Consecrated Bishop:1996.04.13

Titular Bishop of Troina (1996.03.08 – 2002.07.16)

Auxiliary Bishop of Bogotá (Colombia) (1996.03.08 – 2002.07.16)

Bishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (2002.07.16 – 2004.07.03)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (2004.07.03 – 2007.05.31)

Vice-President of Pontifical Commission for Latin America (2007.05.31 – 2011.05.13)

Secretary of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation (2011.05.13 – 2020.09.02)

Bishops of Villavicencio (Roman Rite)

Archbishop José Octavio Ruiz Arenas (77)Bishop José Octavio Ruiz Arenas (77) (later Archbishop)Permalink
(2002.07.16 – 2004.07.03)

(see above)

Bishop Alfonso Cabezas Aristizábal, C.M. (78)Bishop Alfonso Cabezas Aristizábal, C.M. (78)Permalink
(1994.05.03 – 2001.06.16)

Bishop emeritus of Villavicencio (Colombia)

Born:1943.12.11 (Neiva, Colombia)
Ordained Priest:1969.05.24
Consecrated Bishop:1988.06.04

Titular Bishop of Zama minor (1988.04.22 – 1992.05.13)

Auxiliary Bishop of Cali (Colombia) (1988.04.22 – 1992.05.13)

Coadjutor Bishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (1992.05.13 – 1994.05.03)

Bishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (1994.05.03 – 2001.06.16)

Bishop Gregorio Garavito Jiménez, S.M.M.Permalink
(1969.04.26 – 1994.05.03)

Born:1919.03.09 (Colombia)
Ordained Priest:1942.07.24
Consecrated Bishop:1962.02.11
Died:2016.02.16 († 96)

Titular Bishop of Ciparissia (1961.12.04 – 1969.04.26)

Auxiliary Bishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (1961.12.04 – 1969.04.26)

Bishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (1969.04.26 – 1994.05.03)

Bishop Frans Joseph Bruls Canisius, S.M.M.Permalink
(1964.02.11 – 1969.04.26)

Born:1897.10.29 (Netherlands)
Ordained Priest:1924.06.14
Consecrated Bishop:1939.05.01
Died:1988.09.07 († 90)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Los Llanos de San Martín (Colombia) (1939.01.07 – 1939.06.27)

Titular Bishop of Parætonium (1939.01.07 – 1964.02.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Los Llanos de San Martín (Colombia) (1939.06.27 – 1949.06.09)

Vicar Apostolic of Villavicencio (Colombia) (1949.06.09 – 1964.02.11)

Bishop of Villavicencio (Colombia) (1964.02.11 – 1969.04.26)

Titular Bishop of Trogir (1969.04.26 – 1976.01.07)

Vicars Apostolic of Villavicencio (Roman Rite)

Bishop Frans Joseph Bruls Canisius, S.M.M.Permalink
(1949.06.09 – 1964.02.11)

(see above)

Vicars Apostolic of Los Llanos de San Martín (Roman Rite)

Bishop Frans Joseph Bruls Canisius, S.M.M.Permalink
(1939.06.27 – 1949.06.09)

(see above)

Bishop Joseph-Marie-Désiré Guiot, S.M.M.Permalink
(1908.04.04 – 1939.06.24)

Born:1860.08.06 (France)
Ordained Priest:1884.12.08
Consecrated Bishop:1908.05.28
Died:1941.12.24 († 81)

Titular Bishop of Augustopolis in Phrygia (1908.03.24 – 1941.12.24)

Vicar Apostolic of Los Llanos de San Martín (Colombia) (1908.04.04 – 1939.06.24)

Former Prelates

Contact Info

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Statistics

Area: 53,560 km²

Population: 710,450 Catholics (97.4% of 729,300 total) (2020)

Statistics: 130 parishes, 176 priests (162 diocesan, 14 religious), 9 deacons, 61 lay religious (40 brothers, 21 sisters), 62 seminarians (2020)

Celebrations

Patron Saint: Nuestra Señora del Carmen

History

Last updated on 2022.10.23

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