Roman Catholic Diocese of Acqui

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Diocese of Acqui
Dioecesis Aquensis
Acqui Terme-cattedrale-facciata1.jpg
Acqui Terme Cathedral
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Turin
Statistics
Area 1,683 km2 (650 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
145,000
137,000 (94.5%)
Parishes 115
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th century
Cathedral Cattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Pier Giorgio Micchiardi
Emeritus Bishops Livio Maritano
Map
Roman Catholic Diocese of Acqui in Italy.svg
Website
www.diocesiacqui.piemonte.it

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Acqui (Latin: Dioecesis Aquensis) straddles the (civil) regions of Piedmont and Liguria. As a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Turin,[1][2] it falls within the ecclesiastical region of Piedmont.

History[edit]

It is very probable that the diocese of Acqui was erected at the end of the fourth century, about the same time, it would appear, as the dioceses of Novara, Turin, Ivrea, Aosta and perhaps, Asti and Alba.

The first undoubted bishop of Acqui is Ditarius. A tablet found in 1753 in the church of St. Peter, informs us that Ditarius, the bishop, died on the 25 January, 488, in the Consulate of Dinamias and Syphidius. Popular tradition gives Deusdedit, Andreas Severus Masimus, and, earliest of all, Majorinus, as bishops prior to him.

Majorinus probably lived either at the end of the fourth, or in the beginning of the fifth, century. The name was very common in the third, fourth, and fifth centuries. Augustine of Hippo (De Haereses, I, 69) speaks of two bishops of this name; two others appear as signers of the Letter of the Synod of Carthage to Pope Innocent I (401-417) against Pelagius (Ep. St. Aug., II, 90). Veneration was offered to the saint from time immemorial by the church in Acqui, shown by his statues and relics. This veneration, however, has ceased since a decree of the Congregation of Rites (8 April 1628) prohibited the veneration of saints whose sanctity had not been declared by the Holy See.

In the list of the bishops of Acqui, Saint Guido (1034–70) was of the Counts of Acquesana under whose government the cathedral was erected. He is the patron saint of Acqui.[3]

Ordinaries[edit]

Diocese of Acqui[edit]

Erected: 4th Century
Latin Name: Aquensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Turin

  • Pierre Van Der Worst (20 Feb 1535 - 1549 Died)[4]
  • Bonaventura Fauni-Pio, O.F.M. Conv. (9 Apr 1549 - 1558 Resigned)[5]
  • Pietro Fauno Costacciaro (23 Mar 1558 - 1585 Resigned)
  • Gian Francesco Biandrate di San Giorgio Aldobrandini (12 Aug 1585 - 1598 Resigned)
  • Camillo Beccio, O.S.A. (25 Nov 1598 - 1620 Died)[6]
  • Gregorius Pedrocca, O.F.M. (16 Nov 1620 - 1632 Died)
  • Felix Crocca, O.F.M. Conv. (7 Jul 1632 - 1645 Died)
  • Giovanni Ambrogio Bicuti (27 May 1647 - 10 Mar 1675 Died)
  • Carlo Antonio Gozzano (30 Sep 1675 - 11 Dec 1721 Died)
  • Giovanni Battista Rovero (Rotario da Pralormo) (1 Oct 1727 - 3 Feb 1744 Appointed, Archbishop of Turin)
  • Alessio Ignazio Marucchi (13 Apr 1744 - 13 May 1754 Died)
  • Carlo Giuseppe Capra (17 Feb 1755 - 22 Dec 1772 Died)
  • Giuseppe Maria Corte (13 Sep 1773 - 18 Jul 1783 Confirmed, Bishop of Mondovi)
  • Carlo Luigi Buronzo del Signore (20 Sep 1784 - 26 Sep 1791 Confirmed, Bishop of Novara)
  • Giacinto della Torre, O.E.S.A. (24 Jul 1797 - 26 Jun 1805 Appointed, Archbishop of Turin)
  • Maurice-Jean-Madeleine de Broglie (26 Jun 1805 - 3 Aug 1807 Confirmed, Bishop of Ghent)
  • Luigi Antonio Arrighi de Casanova (3 Aug 1807 - 29 Dec 1809 Died)
  • Carlo Giuseppe Maria Sappa de Milanes (1 Oct 1817 - 25 Dec 1834 Died)
  • Modesto (Luigi Eugenio) Contratto, O.F.M. Cap. (21 Nov 1836 Confirmed - 6 Dec 1867 Died)
  • Giuseppe Maria Sciandra (27 Oct 1871 - 25 May 1888 Died)
  • St. Giuseppe Marello, O.S.I. (11 Feb 1889 - 30 May 1895 Died)
  • Pietro Balestra, O.F.M. Conv. (29 Nov 1895 - 17 Dec 1900 Appointed, Archbishop of Cagliari)
  • Disma Marchese (15 Apr 1901 - 26 Nov 1925 Died)
  • Lorenzo Del Ponte (14 May 1926 - 18 Dec 1942 Died)
  • Giuseppe Dell’Omo (12 May 1943 - 1 Jul 1976 Retired)
  • Giuseppe Moizo (1 Jul 1976 Succeeded - 2 Feb 1979 Died)
  • Livio Maritano (30 Jun 1979 - 9 Dec 2000 Retired)
  • Pier Giorgio Micchiardi (9 Dec 2000 - )

Parishes[edit]

The diocese, which covers an area of 1,683 km², is divided into 115 parishes.[7] The majority are in the Piedmont region (provinces of Alessandria and Asti), the rest are in Liguria (provinces of Genoa and Savona). A list of parishes by province and commune follows[8]

Liguria[edit]

Province of Genoa[edit]

Campo Ligure
Natività di Maria Vergine
Masone
Cristo Re e Nostra Signora Assunta
Rossiglione
Nostra Signora Assunta
S. Caterina Vergine e Martire
Tiglieto
Nostra Signora Assunta

Province of Savona[edit]

Altare
S. Eugenio
Cairo Montenotte
S. Andrea Apostolo
S. Lorenzo Martire
Cristo Re (Bragno)
Santi Pietro e Paolo (Ferrania)
S. Giuseppe (San Giuseppe di Cairo)
Carcare
S. Giovanni Battista
Cuore Immacolato di Maria (Vispa)
Dego
S. Ambrogio
Giusvalla
S. Matteo Apostolo
Mioglia
S. Andrea Apostolo
Piana Crixia
Santi Martiri Eugenio Vittore e Corona
Pontinvrea
S. Lorenzo Martire
Sassello
SS. Trinità e S. Giovanni Battista
S. Croce e S. Maria Maddalena (Maddalena)
Urbe
Santi Giacomo Maggiore e Rocco (Martina)
S. Pietro Apostolo (San Pietro d’Olba)

Piedmont[edit]

Province of Alessandria[edit]

Acqui Terme
Cristo Redentore
Madonna Pellegrina
Nostra Signora Assunta
Nostra Signora della Neve
S. Francesco
Beata Vergine delle Grazie (Moirano)
Alice Bel Colle
S. Giovanni Battista
Belforte Monferrato
Natività di Maria Vergine e San Colombano
Bergamasco
Natività di Maria Vergine
Bistagno
S. Giovanni Battista
Carpeneto
S. Giorgio Martire
Cartosio
S. Andrea Apostolo
Casaleggio Boiro
S. Martino
Cassine
S. Caterina di Alessandria
Santi Giacomo e Lorenzo
Cassinelle
S. Margherita
Castelletto d’Erro
SS. Annunziata
Castelnuovo Bormida
Santi Quirico e Giulitta
Cavatore
S. Lorenzo Martire
Cremolino
Nostra Signora del Carmine
Denice
S. Lorenzo Martire
Grognardo
S. Andrea Apostolo
Lerma
S. Giovanni Battista
Malvicino
S. Michele Arcangelo
Melazzo
S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
Merana
S. Nicolao
Molare
Nostra Signora della Pieve
Nostra Signora delle Rocche
Montaldo Bormida
S. Michele Arcangelo
Montechiaro d’Acqui
Santi Anna e Giorgio Martire
Morbello
S. Sisto
Mornese
S. Silvestro
Morsasco
S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
Orsara Bormida
S. Martino
Ovada
Nostra Signora Assunta
Nostra Signora della Neve
Pareto
S. Pietro Apostolo
Ponti
Nostra Signora Assunta
Ponzone
S. Michele Arcangelo
S. Bernardo (Ciglione)
S. Rocco (Piancastagna)
Prasco
Santi Nazario e Celso
Ricaldone
Santi Simone e Giuda
Rivalta Bormida
S. Michele Arcangelo
Rocca Grimalda
S. Giacomo Maggiore
San Cristoforo
S. Cristoforo
Sezzadio
Maria Immacolata
Spigno Monferrato
S. Ambrogio
Strevi
S. Michele Arcangelo
Tagliolo Monferrato
S. Vito Martire
Terzo
S. Maurizio Martire
Trisobbio
Nostra Signora Assunta
Visone
Santi Pietro e Paolo

Province of Asti[edit]

Bruno
Nostra Signora Annunziata
Bubbio
Nostra Signora Assunta
Calamandrana
Maria Immacolata
Sacro Cuore
Canelli
S. Leonardo
S. Tommaso
Sacro Cuore
Cassinasco
S. Ilario di Poitiers
Castel Boglione
S. Cuore di Gesù e Nostra Signora Assunta
Castel Rocchero
S. Andrea Apostolo
Castelletto Molina
S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
Castelnuovo Belbo
S. Biagio
Cessole
Nostra Signora Assunta
Cortiglione
S. Siro
Fontanile
S. Giovanni Battista
Incisa Scapaccino
S. Giovanni Battista
Santi Vittore e Corona
Loazzolo
S. Antonio Abate
Maranzana
S. Giovanni Battista
Moasca
S. Pietro Apostolo
Mombaldone
S. Nicolao
Mombaruzzo
S. Maria Maddalena
Nostra Signora Addolorata (Bazzana)
Cuore Immacolato di Maria (Stazione Mombaruzzo)
Monastero Bormida
S. Giulia
Montabone
S. Antonio Abate
Nizza Monferrato
S. Giovanni Lanero
S. Ippolito
S. Siro
Quaranti
S. Lorenzo Martire
Roccaverano
Maria SS. Annunziata
S. Girolamo
Rocchetta Palafea
S. Evasio
San Giorgio Scarampi
S. Giorgio Martire
San Marzano Oliveto
S. Marziano
Serole
S. Lorenzo Martire
Sessame
S. Giorgio Martire
Vaglio Serra
S. Pancrazio
Vesime
Nostra Signora Assunta e S. Martino Vescovo

Province of Cuneo[edit]

Perletto
Santi Vittore e Guido

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Acqui" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Acqui" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved March 9, 2016
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Acqui". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  4. ^ "Bishop Pierre Van Der Worst" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bishop Bonaventura Fauni-Pio, O.F.M. Conv." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Bishop Camillo Beccio, O.S.A." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "Diocesi di Acqui". Chiesa Cattolica Italiana. 
  8. ^ "Parrocchie". Chiesa Cattolica Italiana. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Acqui". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

Coordinates: 44°41′00″N 8°28′00″E / 44.6833°N 8.4667°E / 44.6833; 8.4667