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.
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.