Chronology of Catholic Dioceses:Notes on the Diocese of Fenoarivo Atsinanana, 2000

The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II has created (October 30, 2000) the diocese of Fenoarivo Atsinanana (Madagascar) with territory taken from the archdiocese of Antsiranana making it suffragan of the same metropolitan Church.

The new diocese of Fenoarivo Atsinanana (Madagascar) will include six missionary centres which correspond to the six urban centres of the southern region of Antsiranana diocese: Maroantsetra, Mananara-North, Soanierana-Ivongo, Sainte-Mare (island) Fenoarivo Atsinanana and Vavatenina.

The reasons for creating the new diocese are as follows:

  • the vast area of Antsiranana archdiocese, about 600 km long
  • to make it easier for the Bishop to organize meetings with the priests, visit villages and encourage and confirm Catholics in the faith
  • consolidation of work of first evangelization
  • ethnic homogeneity of the people.

Here are the statistics of Antsiranana (mother-diocese) and the new diocese:

Antsiranana before

Fenoarivo Atsinanana

Antsiranana today

Area

59,220 sq km

23,500 sq km

35,720 sq km

Population

2,520,500

740,460

1.780.040

Catholics

331,000

100,000

321,000

Parishes

22

6

16

Priests (diocesan)

51

12

39

Priests (religious)

54

14

30

Sisters

144

6 religious institutes

144

Major seminarians

45

31

14

The new diocese and the Episcopal See correspond exactly with the former Prefecture of Fenoarivo Atsinanana which becomes a new administrative region, according to the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon approved in 1998. The Bishop’s See will be at Fenoarivo Atsinanana. At the moment there is only one parish church dedicated to St Maurice; another is being built and there are plans for three new parishes in the town, one of which will be the cathedral and the future see of the Bishop.

Source: Fides, December 8th, 2000

- CT

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