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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bourges

Coordinates: 47°04′49″N 2°23′51″E / 47.08028°N 2.39750°E / 47.08028; 2.39750
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Archdiocese of Bourges

Archidioecesis Bituricensis

Archidiocèse de Bourges
Ecclesiastical provinceTours
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Tours
Area14,210 km2 (5,490 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
502,700 (91.4%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established3rd Century
CathedralCathedral of St. Stephen in Bourges
Patron saintSt. Ursinus of Bourges
Current leadership
ArchbishopJérôme Daniel Beau
Metropolitan ArchbishopVincent Jordy
Bishops emeritusHubert Barbier
Armand Maillard
Official website

The Archdiocese of Bourges (Latin: Archidioecesis Bituricensis; French: Archidiocèse de Bourges) is a Latin Church archdiocese of the Catholic Church in France. The Archdiocese comprises the departements of Cher and Indre in the Region of Val de Loire. Bourges Cathedral stands in the city of Bourges in the department of Cher. Although this is still titled as an Archdiocese, it ceased as a metropolitan see in 2002 and is now a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of Tours.

In 2002 it lost its metropolitan function (and thus the archbishop no longer wears the pallium), its province having ceased to exist (the province had already been substantially modified from the late Roman province of Aquitania Prima with which it had initially corresponded - Albi had been erected as an archbishopric in the medieval context of heresiological conflict; Orléans, Chartres, and Blois - historically dependent on Sens - had been attached to Paris, from which they passed to Bourges in the 1960s). The Archdiocese (also the three above- mentioned sees) is now suffragan to the Archdiocese of Tours; other dioceses until recently dependent on Bourges are now suffragans of the Clermont-Ferrand Archdiocese. Historical ecclesiastical geography has here thus changed to correspond with France's new regions, much as diocesan and provincial boundaries from Napoleon's Concordat of 1801 onwards changed mainly in accordance with those of the Revolution's départements.


The diocese was founded in the 3rd century. Its first bishop was St. Ursinus of Bourges. In the Middle Ages there was a dispute between the bishop of Bourges and the bishop of Bordeaux about the primacy of Aquitaine. Bourges was the place of many synods. The synods 1225 and 1226 are the most important and dealt with the Albigenses.

Bishops of Bourges[edit]

To 600[edit]

From 600 to 1000[edit]

From 1000 to 1300[edit]

  • Gauzlin Capet (1013–1030)[6]

1300 to 1600[edit]

1600 to present[edit]

Bishop Armand Maillard

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Philippe Labbe, Patriarchium Bituricense dans Novae Bibliothecae Mss Librorum, t.II
  2. ^ Nominis : Saint Arcade de Bourges
  3. ^ Forum orthodoxe.com : saints pour le 1er août du calendrier ecclésiastique
  4. ^ Les vies des saints ..., t.X, Paris, Herissant, 1739, p. 230
  5. ^ Thomas Bauer (1998). "Wulfad, Erzbischof von Bourges". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). Vol. 14. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 168–170. ISBN 3-88309-073-5.
  6. ^ a b c Devailly, Guy (1973). Le diocèse de Bourges (in French). Paris: Letouzey & Ane. p. 247. OCLC 815696. Hugues de Blois 969–985
  7. ^ Eubel, I, p. 139. Joseph Hyacinthe Albanès; Ulysse Chevalier; Louis Fillet (1901). Gallia christiana novissima: Arles (in French and Latin). Montbéliard: Soc. anonyme d'imprimerie montbéliardasie. p. 741.
  8. ^ Entry 394 in Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France, vol. 4, p. 94. Paris: Plon, 1886 (at Google Books). Michel Phélypeaux de La Vrillière (1642–1694), VIAF.


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