Roman Catholic Diocese of Andria

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Diocese of Andria
Dioecesis Andriensis
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Country Italy
Metropolitan Bari-Bitonto
Area 799 km2 (308 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
138,000 (97.9%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 11th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Patron saint Richard of Andria [1]
Secular priests 72 (diocesan)
28 (religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Luigi Mansi

The Italian Catholic diocese of Andria is in Apulia, seated at Andria Cathedral. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[2][3]


Tradition assigns the Christian origin of Andria to an Englishman, St. Richard, chosen as bishop by Pope Gelasius I, about 492 AD.[4] The diocese dates probably back to the time of Gelasius II, elected Pope in 1118. The first Bishop of Andria known to history is mentioned in the Translation of St. Nicholas Pilgrim, celebrated in Trani in 1143, but it does not give his name. A Richard of Andria was present at the Eleventh Ecumenical Council (Third Lateran, 1179) held under Pope Alexander III.[5]

It was united with the diocese of Montepeloso, from 1452 to 1479.


Diocese of Andria[edit]

Erected: 11th Century
Latin Name: Andriensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Trani

Diocese of Andria-Montepeloso[edit]

United: 1452 with the Diocese of Montepeloso
Latin Name: Andriensis-Montis Pelusii

Diocese of Andria[edit]

Split: 1479 into the Diocese of Andria and the Diocese of Montepeloso
Latin Name: Andriensis

1818: Territory Added from the suppressed Diocese of Minervino Murge

  • Giovanni Battista Bolognese (1822–1830 Died)
  • Giuseppe Cosenza (1832–1850 Confirmed, Archbishop of Capua)
  • Giovanni Giuseppe Longobardi (1852–1870 Died)
  • Federico Maria Galdi (1872–1899 Died)
  • Giuseppe Staiti di Brancaleone (1899–1916 Died)
  • Eugenio Tosi, O.Ss.C.A. (1917–1922 Appointed, Archbishop of Milan)
  • Alessandro Macchi (1922–1930 Appointed, Bishop of Como)
  • Ferdinando Bernardi (1931–1935 Appointed, Archbishop of Taranto)
  • Paolo Rostagno (1935–1939 Appointed, Bishop of Ivrea)
  • Giuseppe Di Donna, O.SS.T. (1940–1952 Died)
  • Luigi Pirelli (1952–1957 Resigned)
  • Francesco Brustia (1957–1969 Resigned)
  • Giuseppe Lanave (1969–1988 Retired)
  • Raffaele Calabro (1988–2016 Retired)
  • Luigi Mansi (2016–)


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Diocese of Andria" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Diocese of Andria" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  4. ^ Giuseppe Lanave; Antonio Marrazzo; Vincenzo Schiavone (1989). San Riccardo protettore di Andria: riscoperto come vescovo del vangelo e della carità nei bassorilievi della cattedrale (in Italian). Andria: Grafiche Guglielmi. 
  5. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article



  • A'Becket, John Joseph. "Diocese of Andria." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. p. 475. Retrieved: 2016-09-30.

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

Coordinates: 41°13′54″N 16°18′30″E / 41.23167°N 16.30833°E / 41.23167; 16.30833