Roman Catholic Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón

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Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón
Dioecesis Barbastrensis-Montisonensis
Diócesis de Barbastro-Monzón
Barbastro - Catedral 01.JPG
Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady in Barbastro
Country Spain
Ecclesiastical province Zaragoza
Metropolitan Zaragoza
Area 8,321 km2 (3,213 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
96,600 (92.3%)
Parishes 242
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established Name Changed: 15 June 1995
Cathedral Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady in Barbastro
Co-cathedral Co-Cathedral of Our Lady in Monzón
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Alfonso Milián Sorribas
Metropolitan Archbishop Manuel Ureña Pastor
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón is located in north-eastern Spain, in the province of Huesca, part of the autonomous community of Aragón. The diocese forms part of the ecclesiastical province of Zaragoza (province), and is thus suffragan to the Archdiocese of Zaragoza.

The city of Barbastro is at the junction of the rivers Cinca and Vero. The diocese is bounded on the north by the Pyrenees, on the east and south by the Diocese of Lerida, and on the west by those of Huesca and Jaca.

The cathedral, the episcopal palace, the seminary, and the college of the Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools, or Piarists, are among the most noted buildings in Barbastro.

Besides the seminary for the education of young ecclesiastics, there are various communities in the diocese devoted to a contemplative life and the education of the young, including: the Piarists, the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Poor Clares, and the Capuchin nuns have foundations in the capital, the Benedictines in the town of Pueyo, and the Discalced Carmelites in Graus and Salas-Altas. There are schools in all the towns of the diocese.


Diocese of Barbastro-Roda (1101 - 1149)[edit]

With the Ummayad invasion of Spain in the 8th century the Moor's northward push led to the fall of Lerida, in 716, whereupon the diocese of Lerida was removed to Roda de Isabena. By the 12th century, the Reconquest of Spain, pushed the borders back south again, such that Lerida was able to reassume control of its diocese, after 300 years, and Barbastro (Latin: Barbatius, French: Barbazan, Italian: Barbaccia, Barbazza, Barbazzi) was strategically chosen to take over the episcopal see from Roda. In 1101, King Pedro I sent Barbastro's first bishop, Poncio, to Rome to obtain the pope's permission for the transfer, which was approved.

Diocese of Lerida (1149 - 16th century)[edit]

In 1149, the Moors in Lerida were vanquished by Count Ramon Berenguer IV of Barcelona and the city regained its episcopal seat and diocesan control of lands.

Diocese of Barbastro (1571 - 1995)[edit]

Barbastro was annexed to the Diocese of Huesca in the sixteenth century, but in 1571 the Diocese of Barbastro was erected out of part of Huesca.

The Concordat of 1851 annexed it once more to Huesca, preserving its name and administration, but being administered by a vicar Apostolic.

By 1907 the diocese was composed of 154 parishes under the supervision of ten archpriests, or vicars. The population was about 240,000. The clergy numbered about 220, and there were 231 churches and 177 chapels.

In 1950 or 1951 it regained its full independence.

Co-Cathedral of Our Lady in Monzón

Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón (since 1995)[edit]

In 1995 the diocese of Barbastro was renamed the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón, with the annexation of neighboring parishes from Monzón. In that year, following the decree Ilerdensis et Barbastrensis de finum mutatione, 84 parishes from eastern Aragon that had originally belonged to the diocese of Huesca, and were later administered by Lerida, were transferred back to the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón. In June 1998, another 27 parishes were added to the growing diocese. This diocesan transfer of parishes was done in order to realign ecclesiastic jurisdiction with the civil jurisdiction of parishes inside their respective geo-political boundaries.

With the redistricting, liturgical property including sacred art, belonging to the affected parishes which had been loaned on deposit to the Diocesan Museum of Lerida, that should have been returned, were not. Numerous requests by the Diocese of Barbastro-Monzón, including three orders by the Vatican Tribunal, were disregarded. The conflict over the ecclesiastical property, largely promoted by the "Friends of the Museum of Lerida" with political and financial backing from the Generalitat, has contributed to the protracted delay in the return of the property as they seek recourse through the civil justice system in their favor. However, as of April 4th 2012, even the Supreme Tribunal Court of Catalonia overturned an appeal by the Friends of the Museum of Lerida and ruled that the property in question belongs to the affected parishes in Aragon.

Bishops of Roda (until 1101)[edit]

All the names are given in Spanish:

  1. 887-922 : Adulfo — (since before 887 to 922)
  2. 923-955 : Atón
  3. 955-975 : Odisendo
  4. 988-991 : Aimerico — (since before 988 to 991)
  5. 996---?--- : Jacobo — (since before 996)
  6. 1006-1015 : Aimerico II — (since before 1006 to 1015)
  7. 1017-1019 : Borrell
  8. 1023-1067 : Arnulfo
  9. 1068-1075 : Salomón
  10. 1075-1076 : Arnulfo II
  11. 1076-1094 : Pedro Ramón Dalmacio
  12. 1094-1096 : Lupo
  13. 1097-1100 : Poncio

In 1101 the Diocese of Roda is transferred to Barbastro.

Bishops of Barbastro-Roda (1101 - 1149)[edit]

In 1101 the Diocese of Roda is transferred to Barbastro. All the names are given in Spanish:

  1. 1101-1104 : Poncio
  2. 1104-1126 : St. Ramón — (named Ramón II in the Catholic Encyclopedia)
  3. ---------1126 : Esteban
  4. 1126-1134: Pedro Guillermo
    • 1134 : Ramiro, a prince of the royal house of Aragon — (Elected)
  5. 1135-1143 : Gaufrido
  6. 1143-1149 : Guillermo Pérez de Ravitats

In 1149 the episcopal see is moved to Lerida.

Bishops of Barbastro (1571 - 1995)[edit]

In 1571 the Diocese of Barbastro is erected out of part of the Diocese of Huesca.

  1. 1573-1585 : Felipe de Urríes
  2. 1585-1595 : Miguel Cercito Bereterra
  3. 1596-1603 : Carlos Muñoz Serrano
  4. 1604-1616 : Juan Moriz de Salazar
  5. 1616-1622 : Jerónimo Bautista Lanuza
  6. 1622-1625 : Pedro Apaolaza Ramírez
  7. 1625-1639 : Alonso de Requesens y Fenollet
  8. 1640-1643 : Bernardo Lacabra
  9. 1643-1647 : Diego Chueca
  10. 1647-1656 : Miguel de Escartín
  11. 1656-1673 : Diego Francés de Urritigoyti y Lerma
  12. 1673-1680 : Iñigo Roto
  13. 1681-1695 : Francisco López Urraca
  14. 1695-1696 : Jerónimo López
  15. 1696-1699 : José Martínez del Villar
  16. 1700-1708 : Francisco de Paula Garcés y Marcilla
  17. 1708-1714 : Pedro de Padilla
  18. 1714-1717 : Pedro Teodoro Granel
  19. 1717-1739 : Carlos Alamán y Ferrer
  20. 1739-1747 : Francisco Antonio Bustamante
  21. 1748-1750 : Benito Marín
  22. 1750-1755 : Juan Ladrón de Guevara
  23. 1755-1766 : Diego Rivera
  24. 1766-1772 : Felipe Perales
  25. 1773-1789 : Juan Manuel Cornel
  26. 1790-1813 : Agustín Iñigo Abad y Lasierra
  27. 1815-1828 : Juan Nepomuceno de Lera y Cano
  28. 1951-1954 : Pedro Cantero Cuadrado
  29. 1954-1959 : Segundo García de la Sierra y Méndez
  30. 1960-1970 : Jaime Flores Martín
  31. 1970-1974 : Damián Iguacén Borau
  32. 1974-1995 : Ambrosio Echevarria Arroita

Bishops of Barbastro-Monzón (since 1995)[edit]

  1. 1995-1999 : Ambrosio Echevarria Arroita
  2. 1999-2004 : Juan José Omella Omella
  3. 2004-today : Alfonso Milián Sorribas

See also[edit]


This article draws only from other Wikipedia articles and these three sources:


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Coordinates: 41°57′51″N 0°10′16″E / 41.9642°N 0.1711°E / 41.9642; 0.1711