Roman Catholic Diocese of Tepic

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Diocese of Tepic

Dioecesis Tepicensis

Diócesis de Tepic
Catedral de Tepic, Nayarit, MEXICO.jpg
Catedral de la Purísima Concepción
Country Mexico
Ecclesiastical province Province of Guadalajara
Metropolitan Tepic, Nayarit
Area 8,797 sq mi (22,780 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
1,107,800 (97.2%)
Parishes 78
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 23 June 1891 (127 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Luis Artemio Flores Calzada
Metropolitan Archbishop Francisco Robles Ortega
Roman Catholic Diocese of Tepic in Mexico.jpg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tepic (Latin: Dioecesis Tepicensis)) is a suffragan Latin diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Guadalajara in western Mexico.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Catedral de la Purísima Concepción, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, in Tepic, capital of Nayarit state. It also has a Minor Basilica: Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Talpa, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, in Talpa de Allende, Jalisco.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,168,480 Catholics (88.1% of 1,325,985 total) on 22,777 km² in 92 parishes and 36 missions with 214 priests (207 diocesan, 7 religious), 205 lay religious (11 brothers, 194 sisters) and 54 seminarians.


It was erected 23 June 1891 as Diocese of Tepic / Tepicen(sis) (Latin), on territory split off from its Metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Guadalajara.

On Friday, March 30, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Luis Artemio Flores Calzada, until then the Bishop of the recently erected (2003) Roman Catholic Diocese of Valle de Chalco, as Bishop of the Diocese of Tepic, to replace the late Bishop Ricardo Watty Urquidi, who had died of cancer. Bishop Flores Calzada was born in San Antonio, Mexico, on April 28, 1949. He completed his undergraduate Philosophy and graduate Theology studies at the Seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Durango in Durango, Mexico, and then at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in the area of Dogmatic Theology. He then took coursework in Sacred Scripture, studying in Jerusalem, Israel, and then, returning to his homeland in Mexico, he studied Canon Law at the Pontifical University of Mexico, earning a Diploma. On October 17, 1974 was ordained to the Presbyterate for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Texcoco. After Ordination, he served in various positions: Parochial Vicar, Pastor, Prefect and Professor in the Major Seminary and Minor Seminary, Judge and Promoter of Justice in the Diocesan Tribunal, and ultimately as Episcopal Vicar of the Vicariate of Texcoco in the Texcoco Diocese. On July 8, 2003 was appointed to serve as the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Valle de Chalco, and received episcopal consecration as a Bishop on the following September 8. In the Conference of Mexican Bishops, he is in charge of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care for Communication.[1]

Episcopal ordinaries

(all Roman Rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Tepic
  1. Ignacio Díaz y Macedo (1893.01.19 – death 1905.06.14)
  2. Andrés Segura y Domínguez (1906.08.06 – death 1918.08.13)
  3. Manuel Azpeitia Palomar (1919.08.10 – death 1935.03.01)
  4. Anastasio Hurtado y Robles (1935.12.21 – retired 1970.07.13), emeritate as Titular Bishop of Cissa (1970.07.13 – resigned 1970.12.31); died 1972
    1. Auxiliary Bishop: José Manuel Piña Torres (1958.05.12 – retired 1970.05.16), Titular Bishop of Milevum (1958.05.12 – death 1997.07.07)
  5. Adolfo Antonio Suárez Rivera (1971.05.14 – 1980.05.08), next Bishop of Tlalnepantla (Mexico) (1980.05.08 – 1983.11.08), Metropolitan Archbishop of Monterrey (Mexico) (1983.11.08 – 2003.01.25), President of Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (C.E.M.) (1988 – 1994), Apostolic Administrator of Ciudad Victoria (Mexico) (1994.11.03 – retired 1995.12), created Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario (1994.11.26 – death 2008.03.22)
  6. Alfonso Humberto Robles Cota (1981.01.12 – retired 2008.02.21), died 2017
  7. Ricardo Watty Urquidi (2008.02.21 – death 2011.11.01), Spiritans (M.Sp.S.), previously Titular Bishop of Macomades (1980.05.27 – 1989.11.06) as Auxiliary Bishop of México (City) (Mexico) (1980.05.27 – 1989.11.06), Bishop of Nuevo Laredo (Mexico) (1989.11.06 – 2008.02.21)
  8. Luis Artemio Flores Calzada (30 March 2012 – ...), previously Bishop of Valle de Chalco (Mexico) (2003.07.08 – 2012.03.30).

See also


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Sources and external links

  • GCatholic, with Google map and satellite photo - data for all sections
  • Tehuantepec - Catholic Encyclopedia article
  • "Diocese of Tepic". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-05.

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