Roman Catholic Diocese of Mende

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Diocese of Mende
Dioecesis Mimatensis
Diocèse de Mende
Cathedrale Mende.jpg
Country France
Ecclesiastical province Montpellier
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Montpellier
Area 5,180 km2 (2,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
58,000 (78.6%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd Century
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame and St Privat in Mende
Patron saint Saint Privat
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop François Jacolin
Metropolitan Archbishop Pierre-Marie Carré
Emeritus Bishops Paul Bertrand (since 2001)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mende (Latin: Dioecoesis Mimatensis), is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France. The diocese covers the department of Lozère.

A suffragan of Bourges under the Ancien Régime, it was re-established by the Concordat of 1801 as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lyons and united with the department of Ardèche, which however it lost again in 1822 by the creation of the Diocese of Viviers, when Mende became suffragan to Albi. On December 16, 2002, Mende was made a suffragan to Montpellier. The Bishop has his seat at the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame and St Privat in Mende. Funds to begin the cathedral were supplied by Pope Urban V. Before the French Revolution, the Cathedral Chapter consisted of a Praepositus (Provost), the Archdeacon and the Precentor; there were fifteen canons. There were approximately 200 parishes, and one abbey[1]

In 2013, the diocese, which is mostly rural, had a total population of 78,400, of whom 77.6% were claimed as Roman Catholics. They are served by 76 priests, and there were 135 parishes.[2]

St Privatus, patron of the diocese
Bishop François Joseph Marie Jacolin

List of bishops[edit]

Pre-Revolutionary (12th to 18th centuries)[edit]

  • Aldebert (III) 1151-1187
  • Guillaume de Peyre 1187-1222
  • Etienne de Brioude 1222-1247
  • Odilon de Mercoeur 1247-1274
  • Etienne (III) 1274-1278
  • Sede vacante ?
  • Guillaume Durand 1286-1296[3]
  • Guillaume Durand the Younger 1296–1330 (nephew of his predecessor)
  • Jean d'Arcy 1330–1331 (transferred to Autun)[4]
  • Albertus Lordeti 1331–1361
  • Guilelmus 1362–1366
  • Pierre Gerardi de Roure 1366–1370 (transferred to Avignon)
  • Guillaume de Chanac, O.S.B. 1371 (promoted to the cardinalate)
  • Bonuspar Virgili 1371–1375[5]
  • Ponce de la Garde 1375–
  • Sede vacante
  • Jean d'Armagnac 1387–1390 (transferred to Auch)
  • Robert de Bosc 1390–1407
  • Guillaume de Boisratier
  • Pierre de Saluzzo 1409–1412
  • Gerard de Miremont 1413 (transferred to Carcassone)
  • Jean de Corbeya 1413-1426 (transferred to Auxerre)
  • Ranulf de Peyrusse d'Escars 1426–1441
  • Adelbert de Peira 1441–1443
  • Guy de Panouse 1443–1444 (transferred to Castres)[6]
  • Cardinal Reginald de Chartres (Administrator) 1444
  • Antoine de La Panouse 1467–1473
  • Pietro Riario, O.F.M. Conv. 1473–1474
  • Giuliano della Rovere 1478-1479 (appointed Bishop of Sabina)
  • Clemente Grosso della Rovere, O.F.M. Conv. 1483–1504
  • Francesco Grosso della Rovere 1504-1524
  • Renaud de Beaune 1568-1581 (Appointed, Archbishop of Bourges)
  • Charles de Rousseau 1608-1623
  • Daniel de La Mothe-Houdancourt 1624-1628
  • Silvestre de Crusy de Marcillac 1628-1660
  • Hyacinthe Serroni, O.P. 1661-1677
  • François-Placide de Baudry de Piancourt, O.S.B. 1677-1707
  • Pierre de Baglion de la Salle de Saillant 1708-1723
  • Gabriel-Florent de Choiseul-Beaupré 1723-1767
  • Jean-Arnaud de Castellane[7] 1767-1792 (massacred 9 September 1792 at Versailles)[8]
    • Étienne Nogaret (Constitutional bishop) 1791-1801[9]



  1. ^ Gallia christiana I, pp. 85-86.
  2. ^ David M. Cheney, Catholic-Hierarchy: Diocese of Mende. Retrieved: 2016-07-17.
  3. ^ In June 1296 he was serving as Rector of the Marches of Ancona and Romandiola, of the City of Bologna, and the County of Spoleto: Fantuzzi, Marco (1802). Monumenti ravennati de' secoli di mezzo per la maggior parte inediti. (in Italian and Latin). Tomo III. Venezia. pp. 170–171. 
  4. ^ Eubel, I, p. 342.
  5. ^ Gams, p. 577.
  6. ^ Eubel, II, p. 192 and n. 1.
  7. ^ Michel Perronet (1990), "Jean Arnaud de Castellane, évêque-comte du Gévaudan, in: Bardy-Chabrol-Duthu, pp. 76-90.
  8. ^ Laurent, Gustave (1904). "L'arrestation et la mort de Jean-Arnaud de Castellane". La Revolution Francaise. 46: 29–56, at p. 50. 
  9. ^ Paul Pisani (1907). Répertoire biographique de l'épiscopat constitutionnel (1791-1802). (in French). Paris: A. Picard et fils. pp. 345–349. 
  10. ^ Société bibliographique (France) (1907). L'épiscopat français depuis le Concordat jusqu'à la Séparation (1802-1905) (in French). Paris: Librairie des Saints-Pères. pp. 351–352. 
  11. ^ Nephew of the Bishop of Viviers. Dominique Javel (2000). Transmettre la foi au diocèse d'Avignon: XIXe-XXe siècle (in French). Avignon: Barthélemy. pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-2-87923-124-2. 
  12. ^ Société bibliographique (France) (1907). L'épiscopat français depuis le Concordat jusqu'à la Séparation (1802-1905) (in French). Paris: Librairie des Saints-Pères. pp. 355–356. 
  13. ^ David M. Cheney, Catholic-Hierarchy: Archbishop Robert Jean Louis Le Gall, O.S.B. Retrieved: 2016-07-17.


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Coordinates: 44°31′19″N 3°29′50″E / 44.52194°N 3.49722°E / 44.52194; 3.49722