Roman Catholic Diocese of Roermond
|Diocese of Roermond
Saint Christopher Cathedral
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Utrecht|
|Area||2,209 km2 (853 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||4 March 1853|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Saint Christopher in Roermond|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Cardinal Wim Eijk|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Everardus Johannes de Jong|
Location of the Diocese of Roermond
The Diocese of Roermond is a diocese of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. The diocese is one of the seven Roman-Catholic dioceses suffragan to the Archdiocese of Utrecht. Originally established on 12 May 1559, the diocese was suppressed during the Napoleonic era. It was re-established by the Holy See in 1853. The territory of the diocese covers the Province of Limburg.
During the sixties of the twentieth century, the relatively strong demarcation between the Catholic south on one side and the Calvinist west and north on the other side of the Netherlands started to diminish. In the second half of the twentieth century a rapid secularization and strong loss of religious affiliation have taken place in Limburg.
Limburg is mostly Roman Catholic by tradition and still uses the term and certain traditions as a base for its cultural identity, though the vast majority of the population is now largely irreligious in practice. Research among Dutch Catholics in 2006 shows that only 27% of the Dutch Catholics can be regarded as a theist, 55% as an ietsist / agnostic theist and 17% as agnostic.
Its seat is the Cathedral of St. Christopher in Roermond. The diocese has roughly 817,000 registered Roman Catholics (about 72.3% of the population of Limburg). Roughly 3 percent of the population in the Diocese Roermond attends Mass on Sundays (as per official Church (KASKI) data). The Roermond diocese is one of the two in the Netherlands that is in a majority-Catholic region, as per the most recent KASKI data.
The Dean of Roermond is responsible for the parishes in that city and a few other municipalities in the diocese.
List of bishops
- God in the Netherlands' (1996-2006), by Ronald Meester, G. Dekker, ISBN 9789025957407
- Rapportnr. 590 Kerncijfers 2008 uit de kerkelijke statistiek van het Rooms-Katholiek Kerkgenootschap in Nederland door drs. Joris Kregting en Jolanda Massaar-Remmerswaal, augustus 2009
- Website of the diocese of Roermond
- GCatholic.org information
- Roermond - Catholic Encyclopedia article