Roman Catholic Diocese of Beauvais

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Diocese of Beauvais, Noyon, and Senlis
Dioecesis Bellovacensis, Noviomensis et Silvanectensis
Diocèse de Beauvais, Noyon et Senlis
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Country  France
Territory Oise
Ecclesiastical province Reims
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Reims
Area 5,855 km2 (2,261 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
714,000 (88.8%)
Parishes 45
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 3rd century
Cathedral St. Peter's Cathedral, Beauvais
Patron saint St. Lucian of Beauvais
Secular priests 123 (diocesan)
30 (religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonnin, Comm. l'Emm.
Metropolitan Archbishop Thierry Jordan

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Beauvais, Noyon, and Senlis (Latin: Dioecesis Bellovacensis, Noviomensis et Silvanectensis; French: Diocèse de Beauvais, Noyon et Senlis) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France. The diocese encompasses the department of Oise in the Region of Picardie. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Reims. The current bishop is Jacques Benoit-Gonnin, appointed in 2010.


The Diocese of Beauvais was traditionally founded by St. Lucian (Lucianus, Lucien) in the 3rd century. After 1013 the Bishops were simultaneously Counts of Beauvais, and one of the Peers of France. The Bishop had a role in the coronation ceremony of the French king, and played a role in politics; Roger II died during the First Crusade, Philip of Dreux was a participant in the Third Crusade and the Battle of Bouvines, and Pierre Cauchon was involved in the trial of St. Joan of Arc.

The diocese was abolished during the French Revolution, and was recreated as part of the Diocese of Amiens in 1802. The Diocese of Beauvais was re-established in 1822, and the Diocese of Beauvais, Noyon, and Senlis was created in 1851, comprising the territories of all three formerly separate dioceses. Beauvais Cathedral serves as the seat of the new diocese.

Bishops of Beauvais[edit]

Roman and Medieval Period[edit]

  • St. Lucianus (3rd century)
  • Thalasius
  • Victor
  • Chanarus
  • Numitius
  • Licerius
  • Themerus
  • Bertegesillus
  • Rodomarus
  • Ansoldus
  • Ribertus
  • Cogerimus
  • Maurinus
  • Constantinus
  • Himbertus
  • Radingus (632-660)
  • Dodon
  • St. Marinus
  • Rocoaldus
  • Miroldus
  • Clement
  • St. Constantinus
  • Ercambertus
  • Austringus
  • Deodatus
  • Andreas
  • Hodingus
  • Adalmanus
  • Ragimbertus


  • St. Hildemanus
  • Erminfridus (846-859) designated in 853 as missus dominicus, in charge of inspecting the districts of Paris, Meaux, Senlis, Beauvais, Vendeuil and Vexin, died 859 in Beauvais, massacred during a new incursion of the Normans
  • Odo I (860-881)
  • Hrotgarius (881-888)
  • Honoratus (888-890)
  • Herluin (909-921)
  • Bovon
  • Hildegar
  • Walleran (933-972)
  • Harvey (987-997)
  • Hugues (997-1002)
  • Roger of Blois (1002–1022), Keeper of the Seals (995 - 1000) of Kings Hugh Capet and Robert the Pious, hereinafter Beauvais Bishopric elevated to title Bishop-Count
  • Garin (1022–1030)
  • Drogon (1035–1058)
  • Guilbert (1059–1063)
  • Guido (1063–1085), resigned
  • Ursion of Melun (1085–1089)
  • Fulk of Dammartin (1089–1095)
  • Roger II (1095–1096), Keeper of the Seals, died in Egypt during the First Crusade
  • Ansel (1096–1099)


Harvey and Roger, two 10th cent. Bishops of Beauvais, panel from the binding of a Pontifical in the cathedral of Beauvais

Fourteenth Century[edit]

Fifteenth Century[edit]

Sixteenth Century[edit]

Seventeenth Century[edit]

Eighteenth Century[edit]

French Revolution[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pierre Louis Péchenard (1876). Jean Juvénal des Ursins: historien de Charles VI, Évêque de Beauvais et de Laon, Archevêque-Duc de Reims : étude sur sa vie & ses œuvres (in French). Paris: E. Thorin. 
  2. ^ Choart de Buzenval was a supporter of Jansenism, adviser to the Grand Conseil, and Master of Requests


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Coordinates: 49°25′55″N 2°04′52″E / 49.432°N 2.08118°E / 49.432; 2.08118