In order to provide for pastoral support to the pastors, priests, religious and faithful of the various areas of the Archdiocese of Agaña, it is appropriate to establish geographical subdivisions of the Archdiocese so that the pastoral mission and care of souls may be more effective, in accord with c. 374§2.  These subdivisions are to be called “vicariates forane.”

For this reason, having heard from the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Agaña and having received their vota regarding ways to be more pastorally effective in our efforts to collaborate and be of support to local pastors of parishes and having received the recommendation of the Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy that it is now considered prudent to form four Vicariates Forane within the Archdioceses of Agaña.

The four Vicariates Forane, from this point, will be known as the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Vicariates Forane and will be comprised of the following parishes:

The Northern Vicariate

  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Santa Bernadita
  • Santa Barbara
  • Saint Andrew Kim
  • Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores
  • Saint Anthony, Co-Patron
    Saint Victor

The Eastern Vicariate

  • Saint Jude Thaddeus
  • Nuestra Señora de las Aguas
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje
  • San Juan Bautista
  • Santa Teresita
  • San Vicente Ferrer

The Southern Vicariate

  • Saint Francis
  • San Miguel
  • San Isidro
  • Saint Joseph
  • San Dimas & Our Lady of the Rosary
  • San Dionisio

The Western Vicariate

  • Dulce Nombre de Maria -Cathedral-Basilica
  • Our Lady of the Blessed -Sacrament
  • Our Lady of Purification
  • Niño Perdido y Sagrada Familia
  • Assumption of Our Lady
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Bearing in mind the responsibility I have for the care of souls, especially in the pastoral mission of the archdiocese that entails activities of a supra-parochial nature, and in order that the pastoral work in the archdiocese will be made more effective, and recalling the provisions in Ecclesiae Sanctae I, 19, Christus Dominus, 30, and Ecclesiae imago, 184-188, and canons 553-555 of the Code of Canon Law, I hereby establish these Vicariates Forane.

It is further ordered that this decree be posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Agaña and that such posting will be considered the official notification.  It is also to be conveyed to the affected pastors and parishes who are to publish this decree and make known its contents to the People of God in an appropriate manner after its promulgation.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given on this 18th day of March, 2019.

/s/ Most Reverend Michael Jude Byrnes
Archbishop of Agaña

Attested by Rev. Ronald S Richards J.C.L.