What religious orders remain in Cádiz?

What religious orders remain in Cádiz?
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Surely the Capuchins were not the first friars to leave Cádiz, but many other religious orders would have packed their bags first. But what is certain is that they were not the last. To the remembered loss of this branch of the Franciscan family, which left in Cádiz an enormous immovable heritage that was reduced to the current church of Santa Catalina next to the Campo del Sur and a no less valuable movable heritage distributed among several temples or in the Museum of Cádiz, has been joined in subsequent centuries by a good number of departures from the city, especially in recent years, where Cádiz is losing religious strength with the progressive closing of houses and the consequent loss of friars and nuns.

The last to leave have been the members of a recently created congregation, the Mercedarios de la Caridad, who arrived at La Merced in August 2021. As on so many other previous occasions, the lack of vocations meant that they could not attend the Cádiz temple. , which has now been placed in the hands of the parish priest of Santa Cruz, Rafael Fernández, who for an indeterminate period will have to do double duty in these central parishes and their respective communities.

Before these Mercedarians of Charity, the Franciscans have left the city in recent years, in the year 2022; the carmelites, who continue to attend worship in the Alameda church from their San Fernando convent; either The jesuits, who bequeathed the church of Santiago to the Bishopric. And before them, the mercedarianswho did the same with the parish of La Merced and with those who have nothing to do with those Mercedarians of Charity who also left this month of April.

These male orders are also joined by communities such as the Philippian nuns who lived in the house attached to San Pablo; and much further back in time, religious women like the Augustinians that they owned the Alameda convent that later passed to the Carmelites, and that they previously owned the Candelaria convent that Fermín Salvochea ordered to be evicted and then demolished a century and a half ago.

What religious presence remains in Cádiz?

Despite all these farewells, the city still maintains ties with certain orders that continue to serve churches, schools, soup kitchens and other services. Of the most traditional ones, we must mention the dominicans, whose family remains linked to the city through Pascual Saturio, who for years has tended the Santo Domingo church alone; and the Augustinianswho have been residing in the convent of San Francisco for some time and who a few weeks ago said goodbye to one of their friars, reducing the community.


In the same way, the two communities of conceptionist nuns (that of Feduchy with a church on Montañés street, and that of Santa María, which recently returned home), which next to the barefoot carmelites in Argüelles they complete the of closure in the city.

We must also mention the forceful presence of Marianists and Salesians, maintaining the schools of San Felipe Neri and San Ignacio as well as the worship of the churches of Pilar and María Auxiliadora, all outside the walls. And also outside the walls the order of the paul fatherswho manage the parish of San Vicente de Paul in La Barriada.

In relation to schools, we must mention the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who maintain the Avenida school although the nuns have stopped living in Cádiz as a result of the fall of the church; at Carmelites of Vedruna, with the school located next to the Plaza de España; to the Franciscans of Mary’s Flock, with the school on Trille Street; and to the Daughters of Charitywho continue to run San Vicente de Paúl and also run the María Arteaga dining room or the Casa Oviedo senior residence in Candelaria.

In the female branches, it is worth highlighting the presence in the city of the sisters of the cross, with the senior residence on Benjumeda Street and the chapel on Zaragoza Street; and her neighbors, the Repairersalso with a church in Zaragoza.

To all these realities we must add the recent landing in the city of identity missionaries, an institute of consecrated life of pontifical right founded by Fernando Rielo Pardal in June 1959 in Tenerife that was already present in the diocese serving temples and communities in Puerto Real and that has taken charge of the church of San Francisco. Just as that of the Franciscan nuns of the Immaculate Conceptionwhich Bishop Zornoza brought to Cádiz a few years ago to take charge of the Diocesan Seminary.



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