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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris

Coordinates: 48°51′12″N 2°20′57″E / 48.8533°N 2.34925°E / 48.8533; 2.34925
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Archdiocese of Paris

Archidioecesis Parisiensis

Archidiocèse de Paris
Coat of arms
Coordinates48°51′12″N 2°20′57″E / 48.8533°N 2.34925°E / 48.8533; 2.34925
Area105.4 km2 (40.7 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2021)
1,304,700 (60.7%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established3rd century
(As Diocese of Paris)
(As Archdiocese of Paris)
CathedralNotre-Dame de Paris
Patron saintSaint Denis
Saint Genevieve
Secular priests1,296
Current leadership
ArchbishopLaurent Ulrich
Metropolitan ArchbishopLaurent Ulrich
Auxiliary Bishops
Bishops emeritus

The Archdiocese of Paris (Latin: Archidioecesis Parisiensis; French: Archidiocèse de Paris) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or archdiocese of the Catholic Church in France. It is one of twenty-three archdioceses in France. The original diocese is traditionally thought to have been created in the 3rd century by St. Denis and corresponded with the Civitas Parisiorum; it was elevated to an archdiocese on October 20, 1622. Before that date the bishops were suffragan to the archbishops of Sens.



Paris was a Christian centre at an early date, its first apostles being St. Denis[1] and his companions, Sts. Rusticus and Eleutherius. Until the Revolution the ancient tradition of the Parisian Church commemorated the seven stations of St. Denis, the stages of his apostolate and martyrdom:

  • (1) the ancient monastery of Notre-Dame-des-Champs of which the crypt, it was said, had been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin by St. Denis on his arrival in Paris;
  • (2) the Church of St-Etienne-des-Grès (now disappeared), which stood on the site of an oratory erected by St. Denis to St. Stephen;[2]
  • (3) the Church of St-Benoît (disappeared), where St. Denis had erected an oratory to the Trinity (Deus Benedictus);
  • (4) the chapel of St-Denis-du-Pas near Notre-Dame (disappeared), on the site of the tribunal of the prefect Sicinnius, who tried St. Denis;
  • (5) the Church of St-Denis-de-la-Châtre, the crypt of which was regarded as the saint's cell (now vanished);
  • (6) Montmartre, where, according to the chronicle written in 836 by Abbot Hilduin, St. Denis was executed;[3]
  • (7) the Basilica of Saint-Denis.[2]

Clovis founded, in honour of the Apostles Peter and Paul, a monastery to which the tomb of St. Genevieve drew numbers of the faithful, and in which St. Clotilde, who died at Tours, was buried.[2]

To form a conception of Paris in the tenth and eleventh centuries, one must picture a network of churches and monasteries surrounded by cultivated farm-lands on the present site of Paris. From the beginning of the twelfth century, the monastic schools of Paris were already famous. The episcopate of Maurice de Sully (1160-96), the son of a simple serf, was marked by the consecration of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.[4]

The title of Duc de Saint-Cloud was created in 1674 for the archbishops.[5]

Prior to 1790 the diocese was divided into three archdeaconries: France, Hurepoix, Brie.

Until the creation of new dioceses in 1966 there were two archdeaconries: Madeleine and St. Séverin.[6] The reform reduced the diocese's size, losing the dioceses of Chartres, Orléans and Blois.[7]

Present day


Its suffragan dioceses, created in 1966 and encompassing the Île-de-France region, are Créteil, Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes, Meaux, Nanterre, Pontoise, Saint-Denis, and Versailles. Its liturgical centre is at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The archbishop resides on rue Barbet de Jouy in the 6th arrondissement, but there are diocesan offices in rue de la Ville-Eveque, rue St. Bernard and in other areas of the city. The archbishop is ordinary for Eastern Catholics (except Armenians and Ukrainians) in France.

The churches of the current diocese can be divided into several categories:

  • i) Latin Church parishes. These are grouped into deaneries and subject to vicars-general who often coincide with auxiliary bishops.
  • ii) Churches belonging to religious communities.
  • iii) Chapels for various foreign communities using various languages.
  • iv) Eastern-Church parishes and communities throughout France dependent on the Archbishop as Ordinary of the Ordinariate of France, Faithful of Eastern Rites.

Bishops of Paris


To 1000

  • ?–c. 250: Denis (died c. 250), believed to be the first bishop of Paris[8]
  • Mallon
  • Masse
  • Marcus
  • Adventus
  • c. 346: Victorinus
  • c. 360: Paulus
  • ?–417?: Prudentius[9]
  • 360–436: Marcellus[10]
  • ???–??: Vivianus (Vivien)
  • ???–??: Felix
  • ???–??: Flavianus
  • ???–??: Ursicianus
  • ???–??: Apedinus
  • ???–??: Heraclius (511 - c. 525?)
  • ???–??: Probatius
  • 533–545: Amelius
  • 545–552: Saffarace
  • um 550: Eusebius I
  • 550–576: Germanus
  • 576–591: Ragnemod
  • um 592: Eusebius II
  • ???–??: Faramonde
  • um 601: Simplicius
  • 606–614: Ceraunus/Ceran[11]
  • Gendulf
  • 625–626: Leudébert (Léodebert)
  • ?-650: Audobertus[12]
  • 650–661: Landericus (Landry)
  • 661–663: Chrodobertus
  • ???–??: Sigebrand († 664)
  • ???–666: Importunus
  • 666–680: Agilbert[13]
  • 690–692: Sigefroi
  • 693–698: Turnoald
  • ???–??: Adulphe
  • ???–??: Bernechaire († 722)
  • 722–730: Hugh of Champagne[14]
  • ???–??: Agilbert
  • ???–??: Merseidus
  • ???–??: Fédole
  • ???–??: Ragnecapt
  • ???–??: Radbert
  • ???–??: Madalbert (Maubert)
  • 757-775: Déodefroi[14]
  • 775–795: Eschenradus [15]
  • ???–??: Ermanfroi (809?)
  • 811–831: Inchad
  • 831/2–857: Erchanrad II.
  • 858–870: Aeneas[16]
  • 871–883: Ingelvin
  • 884–886: Goslin
  • 886–911: Anscharic (Chancellor 892, 894–896 and 900–910)
  • 911–922: Theodulphe
  • 922–926: Fulrad
  • 927-c. 935: Adelhelme
  • 937–941: Walter I., son of Raoul Tourte
  • c. 954: Constantius
  • 950–977: Albert of Flanders
  • ???–??: Garin
  • 979–980: Rainald I. (Renaud)
  • 984–989: Lisiard († 19. April 989)[17]
  • 991–992: Gislebert (Engelbert) († 992)
  • 991–1017: Renaud of Vendôme

1000 to 1300


1300 to 1500


From 1500


Archbishops of Paris


The Diocese of Paris was elevated to the rank of archdiocese on October 20, 1622.

Auxiliary bishops


See also



  1. ^ Stiglmayr, Joseph. "St. Denis." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c Georges Goyau (1911). "Paris". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. XI. Robert Appleton Company.
  3. ^ Dictionnaire Historique de Paris. Le Livre de Poche. 2013. p. 477. ISBN 978-2-253-13140-3.
  4. ^ Weber, Nicholas. "Maurice de Sully." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ The History of Paris: From the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Containing a Description of Its Antiquities, Public Buildings, Civil, Religious, Scientific and Commercial Institutions ... To which is Added, an Appendix: Containing a Notice of the Church of Saint Denis; an Account of the Violation of the Royal Tombs; Important Statistical Tables. A. and W. Galignani. 1825.
  6. ^ Times, Richard E. Mooney Special To the New York (1966-10-21). "PARIS CATHOLICS REALIGN DIOCESES; Reorganization Is to Serve as Model for Large Cities". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  7. ^ "HISTORIQUE DU DIOCÈSE ET DE LA PROVINCE DE PARIS". Le Monde.fr (in French). 1966-10-10. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  8. ^ "Saint Denis - bishop of Paris". Britannica.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Saint Marcellus, Bishop of Paris, Confessor. November 1. Rev. Alban Butler. 1866. Volume XI: November. The Lives of the Saints". Bartleby.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-11-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Matthew Bunson and Stephen Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints (2003), p. 202.
  12. ^ Harper, John N., "There are four saints named Landry in Catholicism. Who was ours?", Daily Advertiser, November 4, 2013
  13. ^ Fouracre, P., "Agilbert" in M. Lapidge, et al., (eds), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999 ISBN 0-631-22492-0
  14. ^ a b "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Paris". Newadvent.org. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ Jouy le Moutier, cartes postales et photographies anciennes, page 4
  16. ^ "New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. I: Aachen - Basilians - Christian Classics Ethereal Library". Ccel.org. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  17. ^ J. Depoin: "Essai sur la chronologie des évêques de Paris, S. 17
  18. ^ "La cathédrale Saint-Etienne d'Auxerre – 6. Guillaume de Seignelay". Catholique-sens-auxerre.cef.fr. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  19. ^ "chateauthierry". Association-gauthier.org. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Archbishop Jacques-Bonne Gigault de Bellefonds". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Archbishop Antoine-Eléonore-Léon Le Clerc de Juigné". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 02.12.2021" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 2 December 2021. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  23. ^ "Pope names Laurent Ulrich as new Archbishop of Paris - Vatican News". www.vaticannews.va. 2022-04-26. Retrieved 2022-04-26.



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