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
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Cologne
Metropolitan Cologne
Area 15,268 km2 (5,895 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
2,056,427 (47.6%)
Parishes 675
Established 800
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Paul
Secular priests 1,069
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Felix Genn
Metropolitan Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki
Auxiliary Bishops
Emeritus Bishops

The Diocese of Münster is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. 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.


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 2007, there were 1,256 priests, 248 permanent deacons, and 3,150 religious in the archdiocese.[1]


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.


Bishops till 1181[edit]


Bishops since 1820[edit]


  1. ^ Vatican Information Service July 18, 2007

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