The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville

Introduction

On the feast of Our Lady of Holy Hope, the Patroness of our Diocese, July 9, 1991, the Apostolic Vicariate of Mandeville was established and Bishop Paul Michael Boyle, C.P. was ordained Bishop, as the first Apostolic Vicar. In November, 1997, the Vicariate was raised to the status of a Diocese with Bishop Boyle appointed to head the new Diocese. The Diocese is located in south central Jamaica and includes the three civil jurisdictions (called parishes) of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth. The Diocese covers about 1,300 square miles, with half a million population. Catholics constitute 1.4% of this number or 7,000, although there are indications that others were baptized as Catholics, but, due to the lack of Priests, joined other churches. This proportion of Catholics is very low; however, the two thousand seven hundred Catholics (2,700) or forty-one percent (41%) who regularly practise their faith offer a solid basis for gratitude and hope.

 

The Most Rev. Charles Dufour, D.D., O.J, C.D. is currently the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese. He is also Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston.

Personnel

 

In 1991, the Diocese began with three Passionists Priests, one permanent Deacon, one Passionist Brother and fifteen Religious Sisters.  As of August 2016, the Diocese has fourteen Diocesan priests, three religious priests, five permanent Deacons, five Brothers, twenty-one Religious Sisters, two consecrated laity and one lay missionary volunteers.

The Priests, Deacons, Religious, Consecrated women and lay volunteers serve the church in parishes, education, healthcare, youth and retreat ministries.

2 thoughts on “The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville”

  1. Most Rev. Father, greeting to you in Jamaica at this time. I would love to be updated of the Catholic church daily activities. Base on my vocation for the Lord then, in Kingston Jamaica in my early years of as, a practing Catholic. Kindly ask the good shepherd to shelter me under his wings as an Ambassador for Jesus. I am still on fire for the glory of the Lord, material things in this world has not changed my vocation for Christ. Yes indeed I would love to have a copy of the Liturgical Calendar annually of the parish of Kingston, montego bay bay Jamaica and Mandeville Diocese. Kindly give my regards to Fr. Carl Clarke, Fr. Alfred Lee, Fr. Kenneth Ramsey, my regards. I now reside in the United States of America in Davenport Florida. Yours sincerely Bro. Phillip Anthony Cuffe Sr.

  2. Hello,
    We are planning to travel to Whitehouse, Jamaica from the United States for our honeymoon. We will be there on the weekend of August 12th-13th, 2017, and I am looking for a Roman Catholic Mass near the resort. I am planning on staying Sandals South Coast in Whitehouse. The resort tells me that the closest church is 1.5 hours away. Is that accurate? I see a church near Black River on the map at https://mandevillediocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Diocese-Map-Churches-Missions.pdf
    Can someone tell me what the closest place is for a Roman Catholic Mass on either the Saturday vigil (August 12th, 2017) or on Sunday, August 13th? I would also like to know the Mass times and the suggestion for what transportation to take to the church.
    Also, if this resort is too far from a Catholic Mass, I am also considering Sandals resort in Montego Bay or Negril. I would appreciate your advice.
    Thank you very much for your help. I want to make sure we can get to Mass that weekend.

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