Roman Catholic Diocese of Rožňava

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Diocese of Rožňava
Dioecesis Rosnaviensis
Dieceze Roznavska
Dieceze roznavska.jpg
Coat of arms of diocese
Country Slovakia
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Košice
Area 7,000 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
227,511 (58.3%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 13 March 1776
Cathedral Assumption of Mary Church (Rožňava)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Stanislav Stolárik (appointed by Pope Francis on Saturday, 21 March 2015; formerly, Titular Bishop of Barica and Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Košice, in Košice, Slovakia)[1][2]
Map of the Diocese
Map of the Diocese

The Diocese of Rožňava (Slovak: Rožňavská diecéza, Latin: Dioecesis Rosnaviensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in southern Slovakia. It covers central and eastern parts of the Banská Bystrica Region and western parts of the Košice Region. Its seat is in Rožňava, covers an area of 7,000 km² with 343,352 people of which 58% are of Catholic faith (2004). Auxiliary Bishop Stanislav Stolárik, Titular Bishop of Barica, who until then had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Košice, in Košice, Slovakia, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Rožňava on Saturday, 21 March 2015, by Pope Francis, succeeding Bishop Emeritus Vladimír Filo, who himself had succeeded Bishop Emeritus Eduard Kojnok in 2008.


The diocese was established by Maria Theresa on 13 March 1776 as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Esztergom. It was then known by its German name diocese of Rosenau, or Hungarian name diocese of Rozsnyó. In 1776 János Galgóczy was appointed first Bishop of Rosenau, but died before taking charge. His successor, Count Antal Révay (1776–80), caused the church to be restored and the high altar to be renovated. Among his successors were: János Scitovszky (1827–38), later Bishop of Funfkirchen and Archbishop of Gran; Béla Bartakovics (1845–50), later archbishop of Eger.[3]

On 30 December 1977, it was taken from the former metropolitan, and became part of the newly created Slovak ecclesiastical province with metropolitan the Diocese of Trnava. The last change of metropolitan took place on 31 March 1995 when it was changed to the newly elevated Archdiocese of Košice.


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