Roman Catholic Diocese of Ivrea

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Diocese of Ivrea
Dioecesis Eporediensis
Duomo di Ivrea.JPG
Ivrea Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Turin
Area 1,850 km2 (710 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
200,848 (98.7%)
Parishes 141
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Edoardo Aldo Cerrato, C.O.
Emeritus Bishops Luigi Bettazzi
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ivrea in Italy.svg

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Ivrea (Latin: Dioecesis Eporediensis) is in Piedmont. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Turin.[1][2]


Ivrea is on the Via Francigena, a pilgrim route that started as far away as Canterbury in England, and brought pilgrims through the St. Bernard passes in the Alps to Rome. During the Middle Ages, pilgrims could travel on to Bari and take ship for Jerusalem. The episcopal see of Ivrea is said to have been established by Eusebius of Vercelli about the middle of the fourth century. The first historically certain bishop is Eulogius (c. 451).[3]

According to tradition, Ivrea is where Saint Patrick was consecrated bishop before evangelizing Ireland. Saint Malachy of Armagh passed through Ivrea in 1139 on his way to Rome. In 1847 the Bishop Ivrea sent the Archbishop of Dublin forty pounds for the famine-stricken people of Ireland in memory of an Irish pilgrim who had died in Ivrea in 1492.[4]

On October 7, 2012, Msgr. Edoardo Aldo Cerrato, C.O., former Procurator General of the Confederation of Oratories of Saint Philip Neri, was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Ivrea.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta[edit]

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is located on the Via San Savino in Ivrea.


The cathedral is built on the site of a first century Roman temple. Between the fourth and fifth century, a Christian church was constructed to the design of a Roman basilica. In the eleventh century, Bishop Warmondo, who was named bishop by Emperor Otto III, enlarged the structure in the Romanesque style.[5] Warmondo also established a scriptorium. As the apse and other portions of Warmondo's work remains, the cathedral constitutes an important example of Romanesque architecture in the Canavese.

Reconstruction in the twelfth century rebuilt the upper portions of the bell towers, that may have collapsed during the 1117 Verona earthquake.

In 1516 Bishop Bonafacio Ferrero replaced the Romanesque façade with a Bramante-style portico, which in turn was changed to a Palladian style in 1854. Bishop Ottavio Pocchettini later commissioned architect Giuseppe Martinez to remodel the building in Late Baroque style.[5]

St. Christopher and St. Anthony the Abbot, Giacomo of Ivrea c. 1426


The carved walnut reredos depicting motifs of plants, human and animal figures, attributed to Baldino of Surso are now in the Civic Museum of Ancient Art in Turin. The crypt contains frescoes from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, some damaged by time. On the foundation pillar of the southern bell tower, a holy warrior is depicted, possibly representing a member of the Theban Legion. There is also some early work by Giacomino of Ivrea and a painting attributed to the Maestro di Oropa.

In the sacristy is a 1521 depiction of the Adoration of the Child with the Blessed Warmondo and donor by Piedmont master Defendente Ferrari. A second Ferrari, the Adoration of the Child with St. Clare and the Poor Clares was re-located to the chapter room from the former convent of Santa Chiara in Ivrea, abolished in 1802.

Religious congregations[edit]

  • Daughters of Charity of the Most Holy Annunciation of Ivrea - Founded in 1744 at Montanaro Canavese by Angela Re and several collaborators for the purpose of parish ministry.
  • Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of Ivrea - Founded in 1828 at Rivarolo Canavese by Antonia Maria Verna for the education of poor girls.[6][7]
Ivrea Duomo Cappella Warmondo


  • Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy - the "White Martyr of Munster", buried in Ivrea Cathedral


Among the other bishops were: and Cardinal Richelmy (1886), who became Archbishop of Turin.[3]

  • Bessus - semi-legendary martyred Bishop of Ivrea of the eighth century
  • Warmund - Bishop of Ivrea (c. 966)

Hugo (1053), a son of King Arduinus;


Alberto Gonzaga (1288);



There are 141 parishes, 140 within the Piedmontese Province of Turin and the other within the Province of Vercelli, also in Piedmont.[11]


Province of Turin[edit]

  • Agliè: Madonna della Neve e S. Massimo
  • Albiano d’Ivrea: S. Martino Vescovo
  • Alice Superiore: S. Martino Vescovo
  • Alpette: Santi Pietro e Paolo
  • Andrate :S. Pietro in Vincoli
  • Azeglio: S. Martino Vescovo and Madonna della Neve (Pobbia)
  • Bairo: S. Giorgio Martire
  • Baldissero Canavese: S. Martino Vescovo
  • Banchette: S. Cristoforo
  • Barone Canavese: S. Maria Assunta
  • Bollengo: S. Eusebio Vescovo
  • Borgiallo: S. Nicolao Vescovo
  • Borgofranco d’Ivrea: S. Maurizio Martire and S. Solutore Martire (Baio Dora)
  • Borgomasino: SS. Salvatore
  • Bosconero: S. Giovanni Battista and Santi Angeli Custodi (Mastri)
  • Brosso: S. Michele Arcangelo
  • Burolo: Santi Pietro e Paolo
  • Caluso: S. Calocero e S. Andrea, S. Michele Arcangelo (Arè), S. Croce (Rodallo), and S. Grato Vescovo (Vallo di Caluso)
  • Candia Canavese: S. Michele Arcangelo
  • Caravino: S. Solutore Martire and S. Lorenzo Martire (Masino-Caravino)
  • Carema: S. Martino Vescovo
  • Cascinette d’Ivrea: S. Antonio Da Padova
  • Castellamonte: S. Anna, Santi Pietro e Paolo, S. Lorenzo Martire (Campo Canavese), Santi Pietro e Paolo (Muriaglio), S. Giovanni Battista (San Giovanni Canavese) and Natività di Maria Vergine (Spineto)
  • Castelnuovo Nigra: S. Maria Assunta e S. Sebastiano Martire
  • Ceresole Reale: S. Nicolao Vescovo
  • Chiaverano: S. Silvestro Papa
  • Chiesanuova: S. Maria Maddalena
  • Chivasso: Madonna del Rosario, Madonna di Loreto, S. Eligio Vescovo, S. Giovanni Evangelista, S. Giuseppe Lavoratore, S. Maria Assunta and S. Giovanni Battista e S. Rocco (Castelrosso)
  • Ciconio: Santi Pietro e Paolo
  • Cintano: S. Giovanni Battista
  • Colleretto Castelnuovo: S. Antonio Abate
  • Colleretto Giacosa: Invenzione di S. Croce
  • Cossano Canavese: Invenzione di S. Stefano Protomartire
  • Cuceglio: S. Pietro in Vincoli e S. Eusebio Vescovo
  • Cuorgnè: S. Faustino Martire (Priacco)
  • Feletto: S. Maria Assunta
  • Fiorano Canavese: S. Dalmazzo
  • Foglizzo: S. Maria Maddalena
  • Frassinetto: S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
  • Ingria: S. Giacomo Apostolo
  • Issiglio: S. Pietro in Vincoli
  • Ivrea: S. Giovanni Battista, S. Grato Vescovo, S. Lorenzo Martire, S. Maria Assunta, Sacro Cuore, S. Bernardo Abate, and S. Filippo e S. Giacomo (Torre Balfredo)
  • Lessolo: S. Giorgio Martire
  • Locana: S. Pietro in Vincoli, S. Giuseppe e S. Michele in Rosone e Fornolosa (Rosone)
  • Lombardore: S. Agapito Martire
  • Loranzè: S. Lorenzo Martire
  • Lugnacco: Presentazione di Gesù Al Tempio
  • Lusigliè: S. Giorgio Martire
  • Maglione: S. Maurizio Martire
  • Mazzè: S. Gervasio e S. Protasio, S. Francesco d’Assisi (Tonengo di Mazzè)
  • Mercenasco: S. Maria Maddalena, S. Grato Vescovo (Villate)
  • Montalenghe: Beata Vergine delle Grazie
  • Montalto Dora: S. Eusebio Vescovo
  • Montanaro: S. Maria Assunta
  • Noasca: S. Maria Assunta
  • Nomaglio: S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
  • Orio Canavese:N atività di Maria Vergine
  • Ozegna: Natività di Maria Vergine
  • Palazzo Canavese: S. Genesio Martire
  • Parella: S. Michele Arcangelo
  • Pavone Canavese: S. Andrea Apostolo
  • Pecco: S. Michele Arcangelo
  • Perosa Canavese: Natività di Maria Vergine
  • Piverone: S. Pietro e S. Lorenzo
  • Pont-Canavese: S. Maria Assunta e S. Costanzo
  • Quagliuzzo: Presentazione di Gesù Al Tempio
  • Quassolo: S. Maria Assunta
  • Quincinetto: SS. Salvatore
  • Ribordone: S. Michele Arcangelo
  • Rivarolo Canavese: S. Giacomo Apostolo, S. Michele Arcangelo, B. V. Immacolata e S. Grato Vescovo (Argentera)
  • Romano Canavese: S. Pietro e S. Solutore
  • Ronco Canavese: S. Giusto Martire
  • Rondissone: S. Vincenzo e S. Anastasio
  • Rueglio: S. Filippo e S. Giacomo
  • Salerano Canavese: S. Defendente Martire
  • Samone, Piedmont|Samone: S. Rocco
  • San Benigno Canavese: S. Maria Assunta
  • San Giorgio Canavese: S. Maria Assunta e S. Giorgio Martire
  • San Giusto Canavese: S. Fabiano e S. Sebastiano
  • San Martino Canavese: S. Martino Vescovo
  • Scarmagno: S. Michele Arcangelo, S. Giovanni Battista (Bessolo)
  • Settimo Rottaro: S. Bononio Abate
  • Settimo Vittone: S. Andrea Apostolo, S. Giacomo Apostolo (Montestrutto)
  • Sparone: S. Giacomo Apostolo
  • Strambinello: S. Ilario Vescovo
  • Strambino: S. Carlo Borromeo, S. Giovanni Battista, S. Michele e S. Solutore and S. Grato Vescovo (Carrone)
  • Tavagnasco: S. Margherita V. e M.
  • Torino: S. Giacomo Apostolo (Salto Canavese)
  • Torrazza Piemonte: S. Giacomo Maggiore
  • Torre Canavese: S. Giovanni Evangelista
  • Trausella: S. Grato Vescovo
  • Traversella: SS. Trinità Invenzione S. Croce e S. Bernardo Da Mentone
  • Valprato Soana: S. Silverio S. Orso e S. Giacomo
  • Verolengo: S. Giovanni Battista, S. Anna (Borgo Revel), and S. Grato Vescovo (Casabianca)
  • Vestignè: S. Maria Assunta, S. Giovanni Battista (Tina-Vestignè)
  • Vialfrè: Santi Pietro e Paolo
  • Vico Canavese: S. Giovanni Battista, S. Maria Assunta (Drusacco), and Visitazione di Maria Vergine (Inverso)
  • Vidracco: S. Giorgio Martire
  • Villareggia: S. Martino Vescovo
  • Vische: S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
  • Vistrorio: S. Bartolomeo Apostolo

Province of Vercelli[edit]

  • Alice Castello: S. Nicolao Vescovo


  1. ^ "Diocese of Ivrea" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Ivrea" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  3. ^ a b Benigni, Umberto. "Diocese of Ivrea." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 9 May 2015
  4. ^ Coleman, James. "Ivrea", The Irish Monthly, M. H. Gill & Son, Dublin, 1897, p.146
  5. ^ a b "Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta", Citta e Cattedrali, 2013
  6. ^ "Chapter Three: Roman Catholic Institutes" (1996). Vincentian Family Tree. Paper 11
  7. ^ Borelli, Antonio. "Blessed Antonia Maria Verna", Santi e Beati, September 16, 2010
  8. ^ De Ceva restored the episcopal palace and adorned it with paintings.
  9. ^ a b c Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus. HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol V. p. 229. 
  10. ^ "Bishop Alessandro Lambert" David M. Cheney. Retrieved December 17, 2016
  11. ^ (Retrieved:2008-03-11 11:06:29 +0000)


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.