Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg
|Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau
|Area||16,229 km2 (6,266 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||16 August 1821|
|Patron saint||Virgin Mary
St. Conrad of Constance
St. Gebhard of Constance
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Archbishop-elect Stephan Burger|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Rainer Klug, Bernd Joachim Uhl, Michael Gerber|
|Emeritus Bishops||Robert Zollitsch, Wolfgang Kirchgässner, Paul Friedrich Wehrle|
The Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau (Latin Archidioecesis Friburgensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Baden-Württemberg comprising the former states of Baden and Hohenzollern. The Archdiocese of Freiburg is led by an archbishop, who also serves as the metropolitan bishop of the Upper-Rhine ecclesiastical province for the suffragan dioceses of Mainz and Rottenburg-Stuttgart. Its seat is Freiburg im Breisgau.
The 14th Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, followed his predecessor Oskar Saier, who served from 1978 to 2002. On May 30, 2014 Stephan Burger was appointed as the new Archbishop of Freiburg.
In 1821 the Archdiocese of Freiburg was founded out of the Diocese of Constance as well as parts of the Mainz, Straßburg, Worms and Würzburg dioceses. Freiburg pastor Bernhard Boll became the first bishop in 1827. Well known successors were Conrad Gröber and Hermann Schäufele
Today, church closures are not seen in the archdiocese of Freiburg. The same goes for the consolidation of parishes. The Archdiocese of Freiburg exercises the concept of “unions of pastoral guidance”.
On November 1, 2005 the archbishop Dr. Robert Zollitsch enacted “Pastoral Guidelines” for the first time in the history of the Archdiocese. These guidelines are given the title “Shaping the awakening”.
The Archdiocese is organized into seven regions, and these regions are in turn organized into numerous deaneries.
- Region of Odenwald / Tauber
- Region of Rhine / Neckar
- Region of Middle Oberrhein / Pforzheim
- Region of Ortenau
- Region of Breisgau / Schwarzwald / Baar
- Region of Hochrhein
- Region of Lake Constance / Hohenzollern
The northernmost archdiocese jurisdiction is the parish of St. Laurentius in Freudenberg.
Through its scholarly foundation the Archdiocese of Freiburg administers 17 comprehensive secondary schools (Gymnasien), 6 secondary schools (Realschulen), one primary school, one technical school for elderly care, one vocational college, and two boarding schools.
The Archdiocese maintains a priest seminary in Freiburg, the Collegium Borromaeum (CB), where candidates for priesthood live during their theological studies at Freiburg's Albert-Ludwigs University. The CB lies in proximity to the Freiburger Cathedral and the ordinariate of the archbishop. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was, among other things, a repetitor (tutor) at the CB for several years. Pastoral training takes place in a seminary in St. Peter, where Robert Zollitsch likewise functioned as a lecturer.
- Archdiocese of Freiburg (2001). Realschematismus der Erzdiözese Freiburg i. Br (in German). Karlsruhe: Archbishop Ordinariate of Freiburg i. Br. OCLC 314084689.