Roman Catholic Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden

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Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden
Dioecesis Groningensis-Leovardiensis
Bisdom Groningen-Leeuwarden
Country  Netherlands
Territory Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, and the Noordoostpolder
Ecclesiastical province Utrecht
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Utrecht
Area 9,205 km2 (3,554 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
109,500 (5.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1956
Cathedral Saint Joseph Church, Groningen
Patron saint Saint Boniface[1]
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Vacant
Metropolitan Archbishop Wim Eijk
Vicar General Peter Wellen
Location of the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden in the Netherlands
Location of the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden in the Netherlands

The Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden (Dutch: Bisdom Groningen-Leeuwarden; Latin: Dioecesis Groningensis-Leovardiensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in the northern Netherlands. It encompasses the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, as well as the Noordoostpolder, a part of the province of Flevoland.[2]

The diocese was erected on 2 February 1956 as the Diocese of Groningen. Its current name was created on 4 February 2006.[2]

There are some 110,000 Catholics (or 6.2% of the total population) living in the diocese, making it the smallest Dutch diocese in population, even while it is the largest in area, covering an area of some 9,205 square kilometers (3,554 sq mi). As per the most recent data available, the number of churchgoers in 2005 was 12,435 or 0.7% of the total population.[3]

The diocese is currently vacant. The last bishop was Mgr. Gerard Johannes Nicolaus de Korte, former auxiliary bishop of Utrecht, who was appointed on 18 June 2008.[4] The episcopal seat is the Saint Joseph Cathedral in the city of Groningen.[5]



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Coordinates: 53°12′53″N 6°34′23″E / 53.2146°N 6.5731°E / 53.2146; 6.5731