Roman Catholic Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli

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Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli
Dioecesis Conversanensis-Monopolitanus
Cathedral in Conversano
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bari-Bitonto
Area 1,099 km2 (424 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
250,000 (99.0%)
Parishes 56
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Co-cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di Maria SS. della Mactia
Secular priests 144
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giuseppe Favale
Co-cathedral in Monopoli

The Italian Roman Catholic diocese of Conversano-Monopoli (Latin: Dioecesis Conversanensis-Monopolitanus), in Apulia, has existed since 1986, when the diocese of Monopoli was united with the historic diocese of Conversano. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.


Conversano is the ancient Cupersanum. After the invasion of the Normans, it was for a while the seat of a duchy; later, however, it became a fief of the dukes of Atri. The first bishop whose date is certain was Hilarius, present at the Roman synod of 501. Local tradition, however, preserves the name of a previous bishop, Simplicius, who died in 492.

No other names are recorded up to the episcopate of Leo, mentioned in a document of 1088.


Diocese of Conversano[edit]

Erected: 5th Century[1]

  • the Cistercian Stefano (c. 1266)[2]
  • Antonio Guidotti (9 Sep 1423 - 1432 Died)

Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli[edit]

United: 30 September 1986 with Diocese of Monopoli

  • Antonio D’Erchia (30 Sep 1986 - 11 Feb 1987 Retired)
  • Domenico Padovano (13 Feb 1987 - 5 Feb 2016 Retired)
  • Giuseppe Favale (5 Feb 2016 - )


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli" retrieved February 6, 2016
  2. ^ a b c Catholic Encyclopedia article

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

Coordinates: 40°58′00″N 17°07′00″E / 40.9667°N 17.1167°E / 40.9667; 17.1167