Limnae in Pisidia

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Limnae (in Pisidia) was a city and bishopric in the Roman province of Pisidia (Asia Minor), which is now a Latin Catholic titular see.


The city was called Λίμναι (genitive Λιμνῶν, as in πόλις Λιμνῶν, city of Limnae), as well as Λιμέναι (Limenae) and Λυμναία (Lymnaea).[1] The Greek word Λίμναι means lakes or marshes.[2] The town was also called Limnopolis (Λιμνῶν πόλις). The town, in the north of Pisidia, is only mentioned by ecclesiastical writers.[3]


It is also spelled Limnæ and has been identified with early-modern Gaziri[4] (also spelled Ghaziri), where there is a wall-surrounded island in Lake Hoyran called Limenia, housing ruins that include those of a temple of Artemis.[5][6] In the present day, it is located at the shore of Aşağıtırtar.

Titular see[edit]

The Pisidian city Limnae was an episcopal see, now listed in the Annuario Pontificio as a Latin Catholic titular bishopric,[4] suffragan of Antioch of Pisidia, since the diocese was nominally restored in 1933 (Limne in Curiate Italian; Latin adjective Limnen(sis)).

It is vacant since decades, having had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting Episcopal (lowest) rank :[7]

  • Juan José Aníbal Mena Porta (1936.07.25 – 1941.06.14) as Auxiliary Bishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1936.07.25 – 1941.06.14); later Titular Archbishop of Cyrrhus (1941.06.14 – 1949.02.25) as Coadjutor Archbishop of Asunción (1941.06.14 – 1949.02.25), succeeding as Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (1949.02.25 – retired 1970.06.16), also President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (1958 – 1970), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Musti (1970.06.16 – resigned 1970.11.25), died 1977
  • André Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti (1941.11.08 – death 1955.06.20) on emeritate, formerly Bishop of Valença (Brazil) (1925.05.01 – 1936.08.08), Bishop of Taubaté (Brazil) (1936.08.08 – 1941.11.08)
  • Francis Anthony Marrocco (1955.12.01 – 1968.06.10) as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) (1955.12.01 – 1968.06.10); later Bishop of Peterborough (Canada) (1968.06.10 – death 1975.07.18).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854), entry "Limenae"
  2. ^ Cf. Wiktionary
  3. ^ Public Domain Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Limenae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
  4. ^ a b Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 917
  5. ^ Travel in Anatolia Archived 2014-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hoyran (Limenia) Island
  7. ^ GCatholic

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Limenae". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Sources and references[edit]

Coordinates: 38°14′00″N 30°53′07″E / 38.233389°N 30.885211°E / 38.233389; 30.885211