Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lille

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Archdiocese of Lille

Archidioecesis Insulensis

Archidiocèse de Lille
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille 12.jpg
Country France
Ecclesiastical provinceLille
Area2,288 km2 (883 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2013)
1,090,000 (66.2%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established25 October 1913
CathedralCathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Lille
Patron saintNotre-Dame de la Treille
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopVacant
SuffragansArchdiocese of Cambrai
Diocese of Arras
Auxiliary BishopsAntoine Hérouard
Bishops emeritusGérard Defois
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lille (Latin: Archidioecesis Insulensis; French: Archidiocèse de Lille)[pronunciation?] is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France.

Its cathedral episcopal see is a Marian Minor Basilica: Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de la Treille, in Lille, Nord, Hauts-de-France.


Erected on 25 October 1913 originally as the Diocese of Lille, a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cambrai, on territory split off from the then Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cambrai, it encompasses the arrondissements of Dunkerque and Lille, within the department of Nord in the Region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

It was elevated to a Metropolitan Archdiocese by Pope Benedict XVI on March 29, 2008.


Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own Archdiocese and two suffragan sees :


Bishops of Lille
Metropolitan Archbishops of Lille

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daily Bulletin - Elevazione di Lille (Francia) a Chiesa Metropolitana e Nomina del Primo Arcivescovo Metropolita" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2008-03-29. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  2. ^ Charost was previously Titular Bishop of Miletopolis (1913.02.14 – 1913.11.21) & Auxiliary Bishop of mother archdiocese Cambrai (France) (1913.02.14 – 1913.11.21); later Titular Archbishop of Chersona (1920.06.15 – 1921.09.22) & Coadjutor Archbishop of Rennes (1920.06.15 – 1921.09.22), succeeding as Metropolitan Archbishop of Rennes (Brittany, France) (1921.09.22 – 1930.11.07), created Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria della Vittoria (1922.12.14 – 1930.11.07)
  3. ^ Quilliet was previously Bishop of Limoges (France) (1913; emeritate as Titular Bishop of Sergiopolis (1928.03.23 – 1928.11.26)
  4. ^ Liénart was created Cardinal-Priest of S. Sisto (1930.07.03 – death 1973.02.15), Bishop-Prelate of Mission de France (Pontigny, France) (1954.11.12 – retired 1964.11.30)
  5. ^ Gand succeeded as former Coadjutor Bishop of Lille (1964.05.19 – 1968.03.07) & Titular Bishop of Macriana Minor (1964.05.19 – 1968.03.07)
  6. ^ Vilnet had previously been Bishop of Saint-Dié (France) (1964.09.24 – 1983.08.13); also President of Bishops’ Conference of France (1981 – 1987)
  7. ^ Defois had previously been Coadjutor Archbishop of Sens (1990.07.26 – 1990.12.21), succeeded as Metropolitan Archbishop of Sens (France) (1990.12.21 – 1995.09.04), Metropolitan Archbishop of Reims (France) (1995.09.04 – 1998.07.02)
  8. ^ Ulrich had formerly been Metropolitan Archbishop of Chambéry–Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne–Tarentaise (France) (2000.06.06 – 2002.12.08), demoted Archbishop of Chambéry–Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne–Tarentaise (2002.12.08 – 2008.02.01), Vice-President of Bishops’ Conference of France (2007.11.05 – 2013.06.30)



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Coordinates: 50°38′24″N 3°03′47″E / 50.64°N 3.06308°E / 50.64; 3.06308