Roman Catholic Diocese of Münster

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Diocese of Münster
Dioecesis Monasteriensis
Bistum Münster (German)
Karte Bistum Münster.png
Diocese of Münster in Germany
Location
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Cologne
Metropolitan Cologne
Statistics
Area 15,268 km2 (5,895 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
4,333,919
1,953,081 (45.1%)
Parishes 304
Information
Established 800
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Paul
Secular priests 1,129
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Felix Genn
Metropolitan Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki
Auxiliary Bishops
Emeritus Bishops
Website
bistum-muenster.de

The Diocese of Münster is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany.[1][2] It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Cologne. Bishop Felix Genn is the current Bishop of the Diocese of Münster. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 11, 1976 and was appointed to the See of Münster on December 19, 2008.

Statistics[edit]

As of 31 Dec. 2006, with 4.336 million adherents or 47.1% of local population, nearly half the inhabitants of the Münster diocese were Roman Catholic; due to continuing securalisation, this a decreased percentage compared to earlier periods. Sunday mass attendance reflects this decline over the course of three decades. Per the diocesan website: in 2005, 13.6% Roman Catholics attended Sunday mass; in 2004, this was 14.5%. A decade earlier, in 1995, Sunday mass attendance was about 20% (416,406 churchgoers); in 1985, Sunday mass attendance was 29.3% (614,839 Roman Catholics); and, in 1975, Sunday mass attendance was 35.1% or 787,582 persons. Over a 30-year period, Sunday mass attendance declined over 50%.

As of 18 July 2013, there were 1,129 priests, 296 permanent deacons, and 2,540 religious in the diocese.[3]

History[edit]

The diocese was canonically erected in 800 by Pope Leo III. It lost territory on February 23, 1957 to the newly established Diocese of Essen.

Ordinaries[edit]

Bishops till 1181[edit]

Prince-Bishops[edit]

Bishops since 1820[edit]

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  • Dietrich Schenk, O.F.M. (14 Jan 1394)[4]
  • Johann Christiani von Schleppegrell, O.S.A. (7 Jun 1428 - 8 Oct 1468)[5]
  • Johannes Wennecker, O.S.A. (1454 - 1469)[6]
  • Weribold von Heys, O.F.M. (10 Dec 1470 - 1477)[7]
  • Johannes Ymminck, O.S.A. (1472 - 1484).[8]
  • Heinrich Schodehoet, O.S.A. (8 Jan 1494 - 1515)
  • Johannes Meppen, O.S.A. (1495 - 15 Nov 1496)[9]
  • Johannes Pictor Meler, O.S.A. (15 Jan 1518 - 1529)
  • Bernhard von Sachsen-Lauenburg, O. Cist. (23 Mar 1519 - 1536)
  • Johannes Bischopinck (26 Jan 1537 - 1547)
  • Balthasar Fannemann (Waneman) (26 Aug 1540 - 8 Oct 1561)
  • Johannes Kridt (16 Mar 1550 - 16 Sep 1577)
  • Cunerus Petri (Jan 1580 - 15 Feb 1580)
  • Godfried von Mierlo, O.P. (14 Mar 1582 - 28 Jul 1587)
  • Nikolaus Arresdorf, O.F.M. Conv. (23 Nov 1592 - 28 Mar 1620)
  • Johannes Pelking (Pelcking), O.F.M. Conv. (16 Dec 1619 - 28 Dec 1642)
  • Johann Nikolaus Claessens (8 Aug 1622 - 1 Apr 1650)
  • Johann Sternenberg (de Dusseldorf) (7 Oct 1647 - 1652)
  • Bl. Niels Stensen (1680 - 1683)
  • Johann Peter von Quentell (14 Aug 1699 - 13 Apr 1710)
  • Wilhelm Hermann Ignaz Ferdinand von Wolf-Metternich zu Gracht (16 Sep 1720 - 28 Oct 1722)
  • Ferdinand Oesterhoff, O. Cist. (20 Dec 1723 - 20 Jan 1746)
  • Franz Bernardin Verbeck, O.F.M. Conv. (19 Sep 1746 - Dec 1756)
  • Wilhelm von Alhaus, O.S.C. (2 Oct 1758 - 26 May 1794)
  • Kaspar Max Droste zu Vischering (1 Jun 1795- Münster 17 Dec 1825; Appointed Bishop of Münster)
  • Klemens August Droste zu Vischering (9 Apr 1827 - 1 Feb 1836)
  • Franz Arnold Melchers (21 Nov 1836 - 18 Feb 1851)
  • Georg Anton Brinkmann (15 Mar 1852 - 7 May 1856)
  • Johannes Boßmann (Bossmann) (25 Jun 1858 - 4 Aug 1875)
  • Franz Wilhelm Cramer (13 Nov 1884 - 15 Mar 1903)
  • Maximilian Gereon von Galen (16 Jul 1895 - 5 Nov 1908)
  • Everhard Illigens (28 Feb 1909 - 2 Jan 1914)
  • Theodor Kappenberg (27 Apr 1914 - 18 Sep 1920)
  • Johannes Scheifes (7 Mar 1921 - 30 Oct 1936)
  • Heinrich Roleff (7 Mar 1936 - 5 Nov 1966)
  • Heinrich Gleumes (5 Oct 1948 - 26 Aug 1951)
  • Heinrich Baaken (26 Jan 1952 - Mar 1976)
  • Heinrich Tenhumberg (28 May 1958; - 7 Jul 1969, Appointed Bishop of Münster)
  • Laurenz Böggering (25 Jul 1967 - 23 Feb 1979)
  • Reinhard Lettmann (18 Jan 1973-11 Jan 1980, Appointed Bishop of Münster)
  • Ludwig Averkamp (18 Jan 1973 - 7 Nov 1985)
  • Max Georg von Twickel (18 Jan 1973 - 6 Jul 2001)
  • Alfons Demming (6 Nov 1976 - 30 Apr 1998)
  • Hermann Josef Spital (15 Oct 1980 - 24 Feb 1981)
  • Josef Voß (Voss) (18 Mar 1988 - 16 Dec 2009)
  • Wilhelm Wöste (6 Nov 1976 - 20 Dec 1986)
  • Friedrich Ostermann (27 Jun 1981 to 18 Jul 2007)
  • Heinrich Janssen (4 Jul 1986 to 31 May 2010)
  • Werner Thissen (16 Apr 1999 to 22 Nov 2002)
  • Heinrich Timmerevers (6 Jul 2001 to 29 Apr 2016)
  • Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (14 Nov 2003 to 28 Nov 2007)
  • Franz-Josef Overbeck (18 Jul 2007 to 28 Oct 2009
  • Dieter Geerlings (31 May 2010 -)
  • Christoph Hegge (31 May 2010 -)
  • Wilfried Theising (31 May 2010 -)
  • Stefan Zekorn (3 Dec 2010 -)

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Münster Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Münster" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Vatican Information Service July 18, 2007
  4. ^ "Bishop Dietrich Schenk, O.F.M." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Johann Christiani von Schleppegrell, O.S.A." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved June 12, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Johannes Wennecker, O.S.A." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Weribold von Heys, O.F.M." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Johannes Ymminck, O.S.A." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Johannes Meppen, O.S.A." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016

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Coordinates: 51°57′47″N 7°37′32″E / 51.96306°N 7.62556°E / 51.96306; 7.62556