Roman Catholic Diocese of Banja Luka

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Diocese of Banja Luka
Dioecesis Banialucensis
Banjolučka biskupija
Diocese of Banja Luka coat of arms.png
Coat of Arms of diocese of Banja Luka
Location
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Vrhbosna
Deaneries
  • Banja Luka
  • Livno
  • Jajce
  • Bihać
  • Prnjavor
  • Bosanska Gradiška
Statistics
Area 16,457 km2 (6,354 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
550,350[1]
36,520[2] (6.6%)
Parishes 48[1]
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 5, 1881
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure
Patron saint Saint Bonaventure
Secular priests 34[2]
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Franjo Komarica
Metropolitan Archbishop Vinko Puljić
Auxiliary Bishops Marko Semren
Vicar General Anto Orlovac
Map
Banjolucka biskupija.svg
Website
http://www.biskupija-banjaluka.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Banja Luka (Serbian, Croatian: Banjalučka biskupija, Lat:Dioecesis Bania Lucensisis) a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in western Bosnia. The diocese is centred in the city of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Erected on July 5, 1881, the diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, as the Diocese of Banjaluka. In 1985, the name of the diocese was split to the current diocese of Banja Luka.

The original Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure in the city was built in 1887. However, an earthquake in 1969 levelled the church. Banja Luka's current cathedral was built in 1974. Currently, Bishop Franjo Komarica is head of the diocese. On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Marko Semren, O.F.M., guardian of the Franciscan convent of Gorica-Livno and professor of the Franciscan Theological Institute of Sarajevo, as auxiliary bishop of Banja Luka to Bishop Komarica.

The city of Banja Luka, and much of the territory that the diocese covers contains an Orthodox Serb majority. The Bosnian War greatly affected the diocese. Virtually all of the churches in the bishopric sustained some damage, and many were destroyed. Many Croats were expelled from the region or fled, leaving only a fraction of the original Catholic population remaining. Bishop Komarica has been urging people to return, to mixed results.

Ordinaries[edit]

Apostolic Administrators[edit]

Apostolic Administrators of Banja Luka
From Until Incumbent Notes
1882 1884 Josip Stadler Archbishop of Vrhbosna. Elected on 29 September 1881 and confirmed on 18 November 1881. Consecrated on 20 November 1881. Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Banja Luka on 18 November 1882. He held office until 24 March 1884.
1884 1912 Marijan Marković Franciscan friar. Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Banjaluka on 27 March 1884, consecrated on 4 May 1884. Died in office on 20 June 1912.
From 1912 until 1946 Josip Stjepan Garić served as Bishop of Banja Luka
1946 1951 Smiljan Franjo Čekada Franciscan friar. Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Banjaluka in 1946 after death of bishop Garić. Also served as Auxiliary Bishop of Vrhbosna (1939-1940), bishop of Skopje (1940-1967), Coadjutor Archbishop of Vrhbosna (1967-1970) and Archbishop of Vrhbosna (1970-1976).
1951 1958 Dragutin Čelik Appointed on 15 December 1951 and consecrated on 16 December 1951. Died in office on 11 August 1958.
Sources:[3][4][5][6]

Bishops[edit]

Bishops of Banja Luka
From Until Incumbent Notes
1881 1912 Sede vacante Office held by apostolic administrators.
1912 1946 Josip Stjepan Garić Franciscan friar. Appointed on 14 December 1912 and consecrated on 20 February 1913. Died in office on 30 June 1946.
1946 1958 Sede vacante Office held by apostolic administrators.
1959 1989 Alfred Pichler Appointed on 22 July 1959 and consecrated on 18 October 1959. Resigned on 15 May 1989 and died on 17 May 1992.
1989 present Franjo Komarica Appointed on 15 May 1989, previously consecrated on 6 January 1986 as Auxiliary Bishop of Banja Luka and Titular Bishop of Satafis.
Sources:[7][8][9]

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

Auxiliary Bishops of Banja Luka
From Until Incumbent Notes
1985 1989 Franjo Komarica Appointed on 28 October 1985 and consecrated on 6 January 1986. Succeeded Bishop of Banja Luka on 15 May 1989.
2010 present Marko Semren Franciscan friar. Appointed on 15 July 2010 and consecrated on 18 September 2010.
Sources:[9][10]

Demographics[edit]

Diocese of Banja Luka has a population of 550,300. As of 2012, 35,428 (6.44% of the population) are Roman Catholics.

Historical Roman Catholic population[edit]

The historical Roman Catholic population is given in the following chart:

Deaneries[edit]

Deanery Dean Parishes
Banja Luka
Banjolučki dekanat
Deanery of Banja Luka location map.png
Ivo Orlovac O.F.M.
  • Banja Luka
  • Barlovci
  • Budžak
  • Ivanjska
  • Marija Zvijezda
  • Motike
  • Petrićevac
  • Presnače
  • Šimići
  • Trn
Bihać
Bihaćki dekanat
Rev. Iljo Arlović
  • Bihać
  • Bosanska Dubica
  • Bosanska Kostajnica
  • Bosanska Novi
  • Drvar
  • Ljubija
  • Prijedor
  • Ravska
  • Sanski Most
  • Sasina
  • Stara Rijeka
  • Stratinska
  • Šurkovac
Bosanska Gradiška
Bosansko-gradiški dekanat
Msgr. Vlado Lukenda
  • Bosanski Aleksandrovac
  • Bosanska Gradiška
  • Dolina
  • Mahovljani
  • Nova Topola
Deanery Dean Parishes
Jajce
Jajački dekanat
Niko Petonjić O.F.M.
  • Jajce
  • Ključ
  • Liskovica
  • Mrkonjić Grad
Livno
Livanjski dekanat
The Very Rev. Adolf Višaticki
  • Bila
  • Bosansko Grahovo
  • Čuklić
  • Glamoč
  • Lištani
  • Livno
  • Ljubunčić
  • Odžak-Ćaić
  • Podhum
  • Vidoši
Prnjavor
Prnjavorski dekanat
Msgr. Vlado Lukenda
  • Dragalovci
  • Kotor Varoš
  • Kulaši
  • Prnjavor
  • Sokoline
  • Vrbanjci

Churches[edit]

Parish churches[edit]

This is a list of Parish churches by deanery:

Deanery of Banja Luka[edit]

  • Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Banja Luka
  • St. Vitus's Church, Barlovci
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ivanjska
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Banja Luka
  • Saints Peter and Paul Church, Motike
  • Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Banja Luka
  • Church of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Presnače
  • Saints Peter and Paul Church, Šimići
  • Saint Joseph's Church, Trn

Deanery of Bihać[edit]

  • Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Bihać
  • Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Bosanska Dubica
  • Saint Joseph's Church, Bosanska Gradiška
  • Holy Trinity Church, Novi Grad
  • Saint Joseph's Church, Drvar
  • Church of Saint Leopold Mandić, Ljubija
  • Saint Joseph's Church, Prijedor
  • Saint John the Baptist Church, Ravska
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sanski Most
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sasina
  • Church of Saint Anthony the Hermit, Majdan
  • Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Stratinska
  • Sacred Heart Church, Šurkovac

Deanery of Bosanska Gradiška[edit]

  • Church of Saint Roch, Gradiška
  • Saint John the Baptist Church, Bosanski Aleksandrovac
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dolina
  • St. Francis' Church, Mahovljani
  • Saint Joseph's Church, Nova Topola

Deanery of Jajce[edit]

Deanery of Livno[edit]

Deanery of Prnjavor[edit]

  • Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Prnjavor
  • Church of Saint Leopold Mandić, Dragalovci
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kotor Varoš
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kulaši
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sokoline
  • St. Francis' Church, Vrbanjci
Roman Catholic churches in Diocese of Banja Luka
Church of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in Presnače 
Saints Philip and James Church in Mrkonjić Grad 
Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Banja Luka 
Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in Banja Luka 
Saint Joseph's Church in Nova Topola 
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kotor Varoš 

Religious orders[edit]

Mariastern Monastery (established in 1869)

The Diocese of Banja Luka is home to a small number of religious orders and congregations. While there are not as many today in 2013 as there were in 1950, they still make up a large population of the diocese.

In 1950, there were 71 religious priests, 4 male religious, 310 nuns and sisters ministering in the Diocese.

As of 2013, 47 priests of religious orders, 92 religious sisters and nuns minister in the diocese.

Male Religious Orders Currently in the Diocese[edit]

Female Religious Orders Currently in the Diocese[edit]

Saints, Blesseds & Venerables of Banja Luka[edit]

  • Blessed Ivan MerzBosnian-Croatian lay academic, beatified by Pope John Paul II on a visit at Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 23, 2003. Ivan Merz promoted the liturgical movement in Croatia and together with Ivo Protulipac created a movement for the young people, “The Croatian union of the Eagles” (“Hrvatski orlovski savez)”, inspired by the “Eucharistic Crusade,” which he had encountered in France.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David M. Cheney. "Diocese of Banja Luka". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b http://biskupija-banjaluka.org/index.html/
  3. ^ David M. Cheney. "Archbishop Josef Stadler †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ David M. Cheney. "Bishop Marijan Marković, O.F.M. †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ David M. Cheney. "Archbishop Smiljan Franjo Cekada †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ David M. Cheney. "Bishop Karel Celik †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ David M. Cheney. "Bishop Emmanuel Josip Stepan Garic, O.F.M. †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ David M. Cheney. "Bishop Alfred Pichler †". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b David M. Cheney. "Bishop Franjo Komarica". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  10. ^ David M. Cheney. "Bishop Marko Semren, O.F.M.". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

Coordinates: 44°46′31″N 17°11′43″E / 44.775361°N 17.195144°E / 44.775361; 17.195144