Roman Catholic Diocese of Bisignano

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The former Italian Catholic diocese of Bisignano, in Calabria, existed from the eighth century until 1818. In that year it was united with the diocese of San Marco, to create the diocese of San Marco e Bisignano. More recently, Bisignano passed to the archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano.[1][2]


Bisignano is the ancient Besidias, or Besidianum, which in the eleventh century became the residence of a Norman count and later a fief of the Orsini. In 1467 Skanderbeg's daughter, wife of the Prince of Bisignano, invited there many Albanian families who established various colonies, spoke their own language, and used the Greek Rite.

The first mention of a bishop is in 1179. Bisignano certainly had bishops in the tenth century, when mention is made of Ulutto in the life of St. Uilo di Rossano; Bishop Federico (1331) was killed in 1339.[3]


Diocese of Bisignano[edit]

Erected: 7th Century
Latin Name: Bisinianensis

27 June 1818 United with the Diocese of San Marco (Argentano) to form the Diocese of San Marco e Bisignano


  1. ^ "Diocese of Bisignano" David M, Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015
  2. ^ "Diocese of Bisignano" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved March 24, 2016
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  4. ^ "Bishop Prospero Vitelliano" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Domenico Petrucci" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016