Roman Catholic Diocese of Breda

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Diocese of Breda
Dioecesis Bredanus
Bisdom Breda
Interior of Sint Antonius Cathedral
Country  Netherlands
Ecclesiastical province Utrecht
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Utrecht
Area 3,368 km2 (1,300 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
423,000 (36.8%)
Parishes 42
Members 25,000 (2.2%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral H. Antonius van Padua, Breda
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Johannes Wilhelmus Maria Liesen
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Wim Eijk
Location of the Diocese of Breda in the Netherlands
Location of the Diocese of Breda in the Netherlands

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Breda is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands. It was erected on March 14, 1853, with Johannes van Hooydonk being made its first bishop. The current bishop is Johannes Wilhelmus Maria Liesen. The current cathedral is Saint Anthony of Padua (in Dutch: H. Antonius van Padua) located in the center of Breda.

Its canonical territory consists of the province of Zeeland and part of the province of North Brabant and is subdivided into 112 parishes.

Former Bishops of the Diocese are:

The Diocese numbers 136 secular and 159 religious priests and comprises 356 male and 1080 female religious. The number of church goers is nearly 25,000 or 2.2% of the population.

During the sixties of the twentieth century, the relatively strong demarcation between the Catholic south on one side and the Calvinist west and north on the other side of the Netherlands started to diminish. In the second half of the twentieth century a rapid secularization and strong loss of religious affiliation have taken place in North Brabant.

In western North Brabant (Diocese of Breda) is the number of people associating themselves with Catholicism strongly decreased, only 52 percent of the West Brabantians identify as Roman Catholic in 2006. Church attendance is low with only 1 percent of the West Brabantian population visiting churches.[1] North Brabant is mostly Roman Catholic by tradition and still uses the term and certain traditions as a base for its cultural identity, though the vast majority of the population is now largely irreligious in practice. Research among Dutch Catholics in 2006 shows that only 27% of the Dutch Catholics can be regarded as a theist, 55% as an ietsist / agnostic theist and 17% as agnostic.[2]

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  1. ^ Kerncijfers 2006 uit de kerkelijke statistiek van het Rooms-Katholiek Kerkgenootschap in Nederland, Rapport nr. 561 oktober 2007, Jolanda Massaar- Remmerswaal dr. Ton Bernts, KASKI, onderzoek en advies over religie en samenleving
  2. ^ God in the Netherlands' (1996-2006), by Ronald Meester, G. Dekker, ISBN 9789025957407

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Coordinates: 51°35′15″N 4°46′39″E / 51.5875°N 4.7774°E / 51.5875; 4.7774