Diocese of

Copiapó

Chile Chile

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Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Copiapó (español) / Copiapoën(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: La Serena

Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Nuestra Señora del Rosario (October 7)

Cathedral Dedication Anniversary: January 20 (1851)

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History

Contact Info

Address: Chacabuco 441, Copiapó, Chile

Phone: 52-352320

Present Prelates

Bishop (2020.06.20 – ...):Bishop Ricardo Basilio Morales Galindo, O. de M. (51)Bishop Ricardo Basilio Morales Galindo, O. de M. (51)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Copiapó (Roman Rite)

Bishop Ricardo Basilio Morales Galindo, O. de M. (51)Bishop Ricardo Basilio Morales Galindo, O. de M. (51)
(2020.06.20 – ...)

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile)

Born:1972.09.11 (San Fernando, Chile)
Ordained Priest:2006.03.03
Consecrated Bishop:2020.09.12

Apostolic Administrator of Puerto Montt (Chile) (2018.06.11 – 2019.12.27)

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile) (2020.06.20 – ...)

Cardinal Celestino Aós Braco, O.F.M. Cap. (79)Bishop Celestino Aós Braco, O.F.M. Cap. (79) (later Cardinal)
(2014.07.25 – 2019.03.23)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Nereo ed Achilleo
Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Santiago (Chile)
former President of Episcopal Conference of Chile

Amar y servir

Born:1945.04.06 (Artaiz, Spain)
Ordained Priest:1968.03.30
Consecrated Bishop:2014.10.18
Created Cardinal:2020.11.28

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile) (2014.07.25 – 2019.03.23)

Apostolic Administrator of Santiago (Chile) (2019.03.23 – 2019.12.27)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Santiago (Chile) (2019.12.27 – 2023.10.25)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Nereo ed Achilleo (2020.11.28 [2021.06.19] – ...)

President of Episcopal Conference of Chile (2021.07.28 – 2023.10.25)

Bishop Gaspar Francisco Quintana Jorquera, C.M.F. (87)Bishop Gaspar Francisco Quintana Jorquera, C.M.F. (87)
(2001.05.26 – 2014.07.25)

Bishop emeritus of Copiapó (Chile)

Conservar la palabra en el corazón

Born:1936.10.05 (Santiago, Chile)
Ordained Priest:1964.03.22
Consecrated Bishop:2001.07.01

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile) (2001.05.26 – 2014.07.25)

Bishop Fernando Ariztía Ruiz
(1976.12.11 – 2001.05.26)

Para que tengan vida y la tengan en abundancia

Born:1925.05.27 (Chile)
Ordained Priest:1951.09.22
Consecrated Bishop:1967.07.09
Died:2003.11.25 († 78)

Titular Bishop of Timici (1967.05.25 – 1976.12.11)

Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago (Chile) (1967.05.25 – 1976.12.11)

Apostolic Administrator of Copiapó (Chile) (1975 – 1976.12.11)

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile) (1976.12.11 – 2001.05.26)

President of Episcopal Conference of Chile (1992 – 1995)

Bishop Fernando Ariztía Ruiz
(Apostolic Administrator 1975 – 1976.12.11)

Bishop Carlos Marcio Camus Larenas
(1968.01.31 – 1976.12.11)

El Reino de los Cielos es un tesoro escondido

Born:1927.01.14 (Chile)
Ordained Priest:1957.09.21
Consecrated Bishop:1968.03.03
Died:2014.03.16 († 87)

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile) (1968.01.31 – 1976.12.11)

Bishop of Linares (Chile) (1976.12.11 – 2003.01.17)

Bishop Juan Francisco Fresno Larraín (later Cardinal)
(1958.06.15 – 1967.07.28)

Adveniat regnum tuum

Born:1914.07.26 (Santiago, Chile)
Ordained Priest:1937.12.18
Consecrated Bishop:1958.08.15
Created Cardinal:1985.05.25
Died:2004.10.14 (Santiago, Chile † 90)

Priest of Santiago (Chile) (1937.12.18 – 1958.06.15)

Bishop of Copiapó (Chile) (1958.06.15 – 1967.07.28)

Metropolitan Archbishop of La Serena (Chile) (1967.07.28 – 1983.05.03)

President of Episcopal Conference of Chile (1976 – 1977)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Santiago (Chile) (1983.05.03 – 1990.03.30)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Immacolata di Lourdes a Boccea (1985.05.25 – 2004.10.14)

Prelates of Copiapó (Roman Rite)

Bishop Francisco de Borja Valenzuela Ríos (later Archbishop)
(1956.05.24 – 1957.08.20)

Scio cui credidi

Born:1917.10.10 (Chile)
Ordained Priest:1943.09.18
Consecrated Bishop:1956.07.15
Died:1998.02.20 († 80)

Bishop-Prelate of Copiapó (Chile) (1955.06.27 – 1956.05.24)

Titular Bishop of Ægeæ (1956.05.24 – 1957.08.20)

Bishop-Prelate of Copiapó (Chile) (1956.05.24 – 1957.08.20)

Bishop of Antofagasta (Chile) (1957.08.20 – 1967.06.28)

Apostolic Administrator of Calama (Chile) (1965.07.21 – 1968.05.19)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Antofagasta (Chile) (1967.06.28 – 1974.03.25)

Apostolic Administrator of Calama (Chile) (1970.04 – 1970.06.02)

Archbishop-Bishop of San Felipe (Chile) (1974.03.25 – 1983.05.03)

President of Episcopal Conference of Chile (1977 – 1980)

Archbishop-Bishop of Valparaíso (Chile) (1983.05.03 – 1993.04.16)

Bishop-elect Francisco de Borja Valenzuela Ríos (later Archbishop)
(1955.06.27 – 1956.05.24)

(see above)

Archbishop Alfredo Cifuentes Gómez
(Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis 1947.03.19 – 1948.06.17)

Special Churches

Churches by City (21)

Antofagasta (↑), Cafayate (↗), Catamarca (→), La Rioja (→), San Juan de Cuyo (↘), La Serena (↓)

Statistics (2022.12.31)

Area: 75,176 km²

Population: 236,060 Catholics (75.5% of 312,765 total)

Pastoral Centres: 21 parishes

Personnel: 26 priests (19 diocesan, 7 religious), 27 deacons, 55 religious (7 brothers, 48 sisters)

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