Roman Catholic Diocese of Telšiai

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Diocese of Telšiai
Dioecesis Telsensis (-Klaipedensis)
Vyskupija Telšių
Telšiai Cathedral Exterior, Telšiai, Lithuania - Diliff.jpg
Country Lithuania
Ecclesiastical province Kaunas
Metropolitan Kaunas
Area 13,373 km2 (5,163 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
564,000 (80%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Šv. Antano Paduviečio katedra
(Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Kęstutis Kėvalas
Metropolitan Archbishop Lionginas Virbalas SJ
Location of Diocese of Telšiai in Lithuania
Location of Diocese of Telšiai in Lithuania

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Telšiai (Latin: Telsen(sis)) is a suffragan Latin diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of Kaunas, one of two in Lithuania.

Curia of Roman Catholic Diocese of Telšiai


  • It was established on 4 April 1926 as Diocese of Telšiai / Telsen(sis) (Latin) on territory split off from the Diocese of Samogitia.
  • On 1997.05.28 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Siauliai.

United titles[edit]

On 24 December 1991, the Territorial Prelature of Klaipėda (Memel), which had been seceded from the Diocese of Ermland on 4 April 1926, and was repeatedly held in personal union by the Bishops already, has been merged into the Telšiai diocese.[1]


As per 2014, it pastorally served 564,000 Catholics (80.0% of 705,000 total) on 13,373 km² in 79 parishes and 95 missions with 164 priests (148 diocesan, 16 religious), 50 lay religious (18 brothers, 32 sisters) and 20 seminarians.

Special churches[edit]

Its cathedral episcopal see is Šv. Antano Paduviečio katedra, dedicated to saint Anthony, in the city of Telšiai. It also has

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Telšiai

Auxiliary episcopate[edit]


    • Auxiliary Bishop: Linas Vodopjanovas (Genadijus), Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (2012.02.11 – 2016.05.20)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Jonas Kauneckas (2000.05.13 – 2002.01.05)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Liudas Povilonis, Marian Fathers (M.I.C.) (1969.11.07 – 1973.07.07)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Pranciskus Ramanauskas (1944.02.28 – 1959.10.17)

See also[edit]


Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°59′N 22°15′E / 55.983°N 22.250°E / 55.983; 22.250