Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hamburg
|Archdiocese of Hamburg
|Area||32,453 km2 (12,530 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||23 July 1973
(As Apostolic Administration of Schwerin)
24 October 1994
(As Archdiocese of Hamburg)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Our Lady, Hamburg|
|Patron saint||St Ansgar|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Werner Thissen|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Hildesheim, Diocese of Osnabrück|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Norbert Werbs, Hans-Jochen Jaschke|
|Vicar General||Ansgar Thim|
Map of the Archdiocese
|Website of the Archdiocese|
The Archdiocese of Hamburg (Lat. Archidioecesis Hamburgensis; Ger. Erzbistum Hamburg) is a diocese in the north of Germany and covers the Federal States of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein as well as the Mecklenburgian part of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In terms of surface area it is the largest in Germany. It is characterized by its situation as a diocese in the Diaspora. Seat of the archbishop is the New St. Mary's Cathedral in Sankt Georg, Hamburg.
In 831 Hamburg was elevated to an archbishopric by Pope Gregory IV and in 834 the Benedictine monk Ansgar was elected to be the first archbishop. After the looting of Hamburg by Vikings in 845 the archbishopric of Hamburg was united with the bishopric of Bremen, and the archbishop's seat moved to Bremen. Still, there was a cathedral chapter in Hamburg with several special rights, which started to build St. Mary's Cathedral. The incumbents of the Hamburg-Bremen see are usually titled Archbishop of Hamburg and Bishop of Bremen between 848 and 1072, however, some later archbishops continued the tradition of naming both dioceses until 1258. During Reformation the bishopric underwent steady deterioration and finally, with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, it ceased to exist.
By the apostolic constitution Omnium Christifidelium of Pope John Paul II, of October 24, 1994 coming into effect on January 7, 1995, the archdiocese of Hamburg was erected again. Today it consists of territory that once belonged to the dioceses of Osnabrück, and Hildesheim, namely the Free and Hanse-City of Hamburg, the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the half-State of Mecklenburg. The cathedral and the vicar-general are seated in the city-quarter Sankt Georg which is located in the borough of Hamburg-Central.
- Theodor Hubrich † (23 Nov 1987 Appointed - 26 Mar 1992 Died)
- Ludwig Averkamp (24 Oct 1994 Appointed - 16 Feb 2002 Retired)
- Werner Thissen (22 Nov 2002 Appointed - )