Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lille

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Archdiocese of Lille
Archidioecesis Insulensis
Archidiocèse de Lille
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille 12.jpg
Country France
Ecclesiastical province Lille
Area 2,288 km2 (883 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
1,060,000 (68%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 25 October 1913
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Lille
Patron saint Notre-Dame de la Treille
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Laurent Ulrich
Suffragans Archdiocese of Cambrai
Diocese of Arras
Auxiliary Bishops Gérard Coliche
Emeritus Bishops Gérard Defois Bishop Emeritus (1998-2008)
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lille (Latin: Archidioecesis Insulensis) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. Erected in 1913 as the Diocese of Lille, the archdiocese encompasses the arrondissements of Dunkerque and Lille, within the department of Nord in the Region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The current Archbishop of Lille is Laurent Bernard Marie Ulrich, appointed in February 2008; he is one of the two vice presidents of the Conference of Bishops of France.

Originally the diocese was a suffragan to the Archdiocese of Cambrai, but the diocese was elevated to a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Benedict XVI on March 29, 2008, with the suffragan sees of the Archdiocese of Cambrai and the Diocese of Arras.[1]


  • Alexis-Armand Charost † (21 Nov 1913 Appointed - 18 Jun 1920 Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Rennes (, Dol, e Saint-Malo))
  • Hector-Raphaël Quilliet † (18 Jun 1920 Appointed - 23 Mar 1928 Resigned)
  • Achille Liénart † (6 Oct 1928 Appointed - 7 Mar 1968 Retired)
  • Adrien-Edmond-Maurice Gand † (7 Mar 1968 Succeeded - 13 Aug 1983 Retired)
  • Jean-Félix-Albert-Marie Vilnet † (13 Aug 1983 Appointed - 2 Jul 1998 Retired)
  • Gérard Denis Auguste Defois (2 Jul 1998 Appointed - 1 Feb 2008 Retired)
  • Laurent Bernard Marie Ulrich (1 Feb 2008 Appointed - )


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Coordinates: 50°38′24″N 3°03′47″E / 50.64°N 3.06308°E / 50.64; 3.06308