Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt

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Diocese of Eichstätt
Dioecesis Eystettensis
Wappen Bistum Eichstätt.png
Location
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Bamberg
Statistics
Area 6,025 km2 (2,326 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
890,000
442,772 (49.7%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 745
Cathedral Eichstätt Cathedral
Patron saint St. Walburga
St. Willibald
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke, O.S.B
Bishop of Eichstätt
Metropolitan Archbishop Ludwig Schick
Archbishop of Bamberg
Map
Karte Bistum Eichstaett.png
Website
bistum-eichstaett.de

The Diocese of Eichstätt is a diocese of the Catholic Church in Bavaria. Its seat is Eichstätt, and it is subordinate to the archbishop of Bamberg. The diocese was erected in 745; from the Middle Ages until 1805, it was a state of the Holy Roman Empire. The current Bishop of Eichstätt is Dr. Gregor Maria Hanke, OSB; formerly the Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten, he was named to the See by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 October 2006, and he was consecrated at the Cathedral of Eichstätt on 2 December 2006. The diocese covers an area of 6,025 km², with 48,9% (as per 31 Dez. 2006) just under half of the population is catholic.

List of bishops[edit]

History[edit]

The diocese was erected by Saint Boniface in 745; it was subordinate to the archbishop of Mainz. By the Bavarian Concordat of 1817, the diocese was reorganized and made subordinate to the archbishop of Bamberg.

Ordinaries[edit]

  • Johann von Eych † (1 Oct 1445 Appointed - 1 Jan 1464 Died)
  • Wilhelm von Reichenau † (16 Jan 1464 Appointed - 9 Nov 1496 Died)
  • Gabriel von Eyb † (5 Dec 1496 Appointed - 1 Dec 1535 Died)
  • Christoph Marschalk zu Pappenheim † (14 Dec 1535 Appointed - 13 Jun 1539 Died)
  • Moritz von Hutten † (26 Jun 1539 Appointed - 6 Dec 1552 Died)
  • Eberhard von Hirnheim † (22 Dec 1552 Appointed - 4 Jul 1560 Died)
  • Martin von Schaumberg † (14 Jul 1560 Appointed - 28 Jun 1590 Died)
  • Kaspar von Seckendorff † (13 Aug 1590 Appointed - 2 Apr 1595 Died)
  • Johann Konrad von Gemmingen † (2 Apr 1595 Succeeded - 8 Nov 1612 Died)
  • Johann Christoph von Westerstetten † (4 Dec 1612 Appointed - 28 Jul 1637 Died)
  • Marquard Reichsgraf von Schenk von Castell † (28 Jul 1637 Appointed - 18 Jan 1685 Died)
  • Johann Euchar Reichsgraf von Schenk von Castell † (13 Mar 1685 Appointed - 6 Mar 1697 Died)
  • Johann Martin Reichsritter von Eyb † (16 Apr 1697 Appointed - 6 Dec 1704 Died)
  • Johann Anton Reichsfreiherr von Knebel von Katzenellenbogen † (9 Feb 1705 Appointed - 27 Apr 1725 Died)
  • Franz Ludwig Reichsfreiherr von Schenk von Castell † (3 Jul 1725 Appointed - 19 Sep 1736 Died)
  • Johann Anton Reichsfreiherr von Freyberg-Hopferau † (5 Dec 1736 Appointed - 30 Apr 1757 Died)
  • Raymund Anton Graf von Strasoldo † (5 Jul 1757 Appointed - 13 Jan 1781 Died)
  • Johann Anton Freiherr von Zehmen † (27 Mar 1781 Appointed - 23 Jun 1790 Died)
  • Joseph Graf von Stubenberg † (21 Sep 1790 Appointed - 5 Feb 1818 Appointed, Archbishop of Bamberg)
  • Petrus Pustet † (4 Mar 1824 Appointed - 24 Apr 1825 Died)
  • Johann Friedrich Oesterreicher † (12 May 1825 Appointed - 31 Jan 1835 Died)
  • Johann Martin Manl † (25 Mar 1835 Appointed - 15 Oct 1835 Died)
  • Karl August Graf von Reisach † (19 Apr 1836 Appointed - 12 Jul 1841 Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of München und Freising)
  • Georg von Oettl † (3 Oct 1846 Appointed - 6 Feb 1866 Died)
  • Franz Leopold Freiherr von Leonrod † (13 Nov 1866 Appointed - 5 Sep 1905 Died)
  • Johannes Leo von Mergel, O.S.B. † (5 Oct 1905 Appointed - 20 Jun 1932 Died)
  • Konrad von Preysing † (9 Sep 1932 Appointed - 5 Jul 1935 Appointed, Bishop of Berlin)
  • Michael Rackl † (4 Nov 1935 Appointed - 5 May 1948 Died)
  • Joseph Schröffer † (23 Jul 1948 Appointed - 2 Jan 1968 Appointed, Titular Archbishop of Volturnum)
  • Alois Brems † (28 May 1968 Appointed - 1 Jun 1983 Retired)
  • Karl Heinrich Braun (17 Apr 1984 Appointed - 25 Mar 1995 Appointed, Archbishop of Bamberg)
  • Walter Mixa (24 Feb 1996 Appointed - 16 Jul 2005 Appointed, Bishop of Augsburg)
  • Gregor Maria Franz Hanke, O.S.B. (14 Oct 2006 Appointed - )

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