Diocese of

Guanare

Venezuela Venezuela

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Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Guanare / Guanaren(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Barquisimeto

Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Nuestra Señora de Coromoto (September 11)

Cathedral Dedication Anniversary: February 2

Liturgical Calendar (National) 📅

History

Contact Info

Address: Plaza Bolívar, Guanare, Estado Portuguesa, Venezuela

Papal Visits

Present Prelates

Bishop (2023.04.12 – ...):Bishop Oswaldo Enrique Araque Valerio (59)Bishop Oswaldo Enrique Araque Valerio (59)

Apostolic Administrator of Barquisimeto (Venezuela)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Guanare (Roman Rite)

Bishop Oswaldo Enrique Araque Valerio (59)Bishop Oswaldo Enrique Araque Valerio (59)
(2023.04.12 – ...)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela)
Apostolic Administrator of Barquisimeto (Venezuela)

Born:1964.05.21 (Chiguará, Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1995.07.05
Consecrated Bishop:2023.07.01

Priest of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (1995.07.05 – 2023.04.12)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (2023.04.12 – ...)

Apostolic Administrator of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (2023.12.08 – ...)

Bishop José de la Trinidad Valera Angulo (76)Bishop José de la Trinidad Valera Angulo (76)
(2011.10.12 – 2023.04.12)

Bishop emeritus of Guanare (Venezuela)

Born:1947.09.03 (San Lázaro, Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1975.08.02
Consecrated Bishop:1997.04.19

Titular Bishop of Mozotcori (1997.02.15 – 2001.10.18)

Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1997.02.15 – 2001.10.18)

Bishop of La Guaira (Venezuela) (2001.10.18 – 2011.10.12)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (2011.10.12 – 2023.04.12)

Bishop José Sótero Valero Ruz
(2001.03.19 – 2011.10.12)

Born:1936.04.22 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1964.05.16
Consecrated Bishop:1998.06.27
Died:2012.06.29 († 76)

Titular Bishop of Alba (1998.05.09 – 2001.03.19)

Auxiliary Bishop of Valencia (Venezuela) (1998.05.09 – 2001.03.19)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (2001.03.19 – 2011.10.12)

Bishop Alejandro Figueroa Medina
(1995.02.21 – 2000.09.29)

Born:1925.03.16 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1950.03.05
Consecrated Bishop:1986.05.24
Died:2000.09.29 († 75)

Titular Bishop of Forconio (1986.03.12 – 1995.02.21)

Auxiliary Bishop of Barinas (Venezuela) (1986.03.12 – 1995.02.21)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (1995.02.21 – 2000.09.29)

Bishop Angel Adolfo Polachini Rodriguez
(1971.03.25 – 1994.04.16)

Born:1919.01.27 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1943.07.11
Consecrated Bishop:1967.04.30
Died:2004.01.10 († 84)

Titular Bishop of Rusticiana (1966.11.30 – 1971.03.25)

Bishop-Prelate of San Fernando de Apure (Venezuela) (1966.11.30 – 1971.03.25)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (1971.03.25 – 1994.04.16)

Bishop Eduardo Herrera Riera
(1966.11.30 – 1970.10.31)

Born:1927.09.07 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1955.12.08
Consecrated Bishop:1965.03.25
Died:2012.10.27 († 85)

Titular Bishop of Sesta (1965.01.07 – 1966.11.30)

Auxiliary Bishop of Cumaná (Venezuela) (1965.01.07 – 1966.11.30)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (1966.11.30 – 1970.10.31)

Titular Bishop of Ubaza (1970.10.31 – 1994.07.05)

Auxiliary Bishop of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (1970.10.31 – 1994.07.05)

Bishop of Carora (Venezuela) (1994.07.05 – 2003.12.05)

Bishop Pedro Pablo Tenreiro Francia
(1954.10.23 – 1965.11.11)

Born:1900.06.26 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1923.03.31
Consecrated Bishop:1939.12.10
Died:1983.02.20 († 82)

Titular Bishop of Orthosia in Phœnicia (1939.08.30 – 1954.10.23)

Auxiliary Bishop of Cumaná (Venezuela) (1939.08.30 – 1954.10.23)

Bishop of Guanare (Venezuela) (1954.10.23 – 1965.11.11)

Titular Bishop of Auzegera (1965.11.11 – 1971.01.19)

Special Churches

Barinas (↙), Trujillo (←), Carora (↖), Barquisimeto (↑), Acarigua–Araure (↗), San Carlos de Venezuela (→)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 9,710 km²

Population: 449,000 Catholics (87.7% of 512,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 19 parishes, 1 mission

Personnel: 28 priests (16 diocesan, 12 religious), 29 religious (13 brothers, 16 sisters), 18 seminarians

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