The Diocese of Puntarenas was established on April 17, 1998, through the bull “Saccourm Antistites” issued by Pope St. John Paul II.
The Diocese of Puntarenas is located on a peninsula a few kilometers long and about 400 meters wide, flanked by an estuary on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The diocese covers the city of Caldera, which is Costa Rica’s main commercial port on the Pacific. Other notable cities in the Puntarenas Diocese include Jacó, Parrita, Quepos, Miramar, and Jicaral.
Bishop Monsignor Oscar Gerardo Fernández Guillén Bishop of Puntarenas
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San José by then Archbishop Monsignor Román Arrieta Villalobos on July 8, 1997, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of San José. On June 4, 2003, he was named bishop of the Diocese of Puntarenas by Pope St. John Paul II, and he received his episcopal consecration on July 25 of the same year.
Diocesan Curia of Puntarenas
410 929 inhabitants
Constituted Diocese on
April 17, 1998