Roman Catholic Diocese of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg
Diocese of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Koszalin
|Ecclesiastical province||Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień|
|Area||14,640 km2 (5,650 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)|
|Established||28 June 1972|
|Cathedral||Katedra pw. Niepokalanego Poczęcia |
Najświętszej Maryi Panny in Koszalin
|Co-cathedral||Bazylika Konkatedralna Wniebowzięcia |
Najświętszej Maryi Panny in Kołobrzegu
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Andrzej Dzięga|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Krzysztof Zadarko|
Krzysztof Stefan Włodarczyk
|Bishops emeritus||Tadeusz Werno (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus), Paweł Cieślik (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus)|
|Website of the Diocese|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg (Latin: Dioecesis Coslinensis-Colubregana) is a Latin rite suffragan diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień in northwestern Poland. It has its cathedral episcopal see is the Katedra Niepokalanego Poczęcia NMP, in Koszalin, as well as a Co-Cathedral, which is the Minor Basilica: Bazylika Konkatedralna Wniebowzięcia NMP, in Kołobrzeg, both in Zachodniopomorskie, and a former Cathedral: Katedra Świętej Rodziny Katedra Świętej Rodziny, in Piła, in Wielkopolskie.
As per 2014, it pastorally served 822,058 Catholics (90.0% of 912,929 total) on 14,640 km² in 220 parishes with 574 priests (439 diocesan, 135 religious), 367 lay religious (142 brothers, 225 sisters) and 53 seminarians. According to the Polish Institute of the Catholic Church Statistics, weekly mass attendance was 25% in 2013 making the diocese the second least devoutly religious one in Poland after the Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień.
Precursor bishopric of Kolberg
In 1000 a Diocese of Kolberg (German name) was established at present Kołobrzeg (present Polish), one of several German cities in Pomerania. In 1015 it was however suppressed, its territory being reassigned partly to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Gniezno (from 1145 however signed over to the exempt Diocese of Kammin, and partly to establish the Diocese of Kujawy–Pomorze (which would merge into aforementioned Gnesen).
Only one residential bishop of Kolberg is recorded :
- Reinbern (1000 – 1007), died 1013.
- Established on June 28, 1972 as Diocese of Koszalin – Kołobrzeg, on territories split off from the Diocese of Berlin (Germany) and from the suppressed Territorial Prelature of Piła, but formally restoring the Kolberg diocese.
- Enjoyed a Papal visit from the Polish Pope John Paul II in June 1991.
- Gained territory on 1992.03.25 from the Diocese of Chełmno
- Lost territory on 2004.02.24 to establish the Diocese of Bydgoszcz
- Suffragan Bishops of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg
- Ignacy Ludwik Jeż (1972.06.28 – retired 1992.02.01), died 2006; previously Titular Bishop of Alba marittima (1960.04.20 – 1972.06.28), first as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Gniezno (Gnesen, Poland) (1960.04.20 – 1967), then as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Wrocław (Breslau, Poland) (1967 – 1972.06.28)
- Czesław Domin (1992.02.01 – death 1996.03.15), previously Titular Bishop of Dagnum (1970.06.06 – 1992.02.01) as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Katowice (Poland) (1970.06.06 – 1992.02.01)
- Marian Gołębiewski (1996.07.20 – 2004.04.03), next Metropolitan Archbishop of Wrocław (Poland) (2004.04.03 – retired 2013.05.18)
- Kazimierz Nycz (2004.06.09 – 2007.03.03), previously Titular Bishop of Villa regis (1988.05.14 – 2004.06.09) as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Kraków (Cracovia, Poland) (1988.05.14 – 2004.06.09); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Warszawa (Poland) (2007.03.03 – ...), Ordinary of Poland of the Eastern Rite (2007.06.09 – ...), created Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Silvestro e Martino ai Monti (2010.11.20 [2011.04.29] – ...)
- Edward Dajczak (2007.06.23 – ), previously Titular Bishop of Azura (1989.12.15 – 2007.06.23) as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Zielona Góra-Gorzów (Poland) (1989.12.15 – 2007.06.23).
- GCatholic.org, with Google map and satellite photo - data for all sections
- Catholic Hierarchy
- Diocesan website