Roman Catholic Diocese of Verdun

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Diocese of Verdun

Dioecesis Virodunensis

Diocèse de Verdun
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Verdun Cathedral and Cloister
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Verdun
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceBesançon
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Besançon
Area6,211 km2 (2,398 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2014)
173,300 (87.7%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedRestored on 6 October 1822
CathedralCathedral of Notre Dame de Verdun
Patron saintBlessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Heaven
Current leadership
BishopJean-Paul Gusching
Metropolitan ArchbishopJean-Luc Bouilleret
Bishops emeritusFrançois Maupu

The Diocese of Verdun (Latin: Dioecesis Virodunensis; French: Diocèse de Verdun) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in France. It is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Besançon. The Diocese of Verdun corresponds to the département of Meuse in the région of Lorraine. The diocese is subdivided into 577 parishes.


The diocese dates back to the 4th century. Traditionally the city was first evangelized around 332 by St Sanctinus, Bishop of Meaux, who became the first bishop. Sanctinus erected the first Christian oratory dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul.[1][2]: pp.22–23 

"Other bishops worthy of mention are: St. Possessor (470–486); St. Firminus (486–502); St. Vitonus (Vanne) (502–529); St. Désiré (Desideratus) (529–554), St. Agericus (Airy) (554–591), friend of St. Gregory of Tours and of Fortunatus; St. Paul (630–648), formerly Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of Tholey in the Diocese of Trier; and St. Madalvaeus (Mauve) (753–776)."[3]

Until 1801 Verdun was part of the ecclesiastical province of the Archbishop of Trier. On November 29, 1801 it was suppressed and added to the Diocese of Nancy. On October 6, 1822 the diocese was re-established.

After the Concordat[edit]

Bishop Jean-Paul Gusching in 2014
  • 1823–1830: Etienne-Bruno-Marie d'Arbou
  • 1826–1831: François-Joseph de Villeneuve-Esclapon
  • 1832–1836: Placide-Bruno Valayer
  • 1836–1844: Augustin-Jean Le Tourneur
  • 1844–1866: Louis Rossat
  • 1867–1884: Augustin Hacquard
  • 1884–1887: Jean-Natalis-François Gonindard
  • 1887–1901: Jean-Pierre Pagis
  • 1901–1909: Louis-Ernest Dubois

20th century[edit]

  • 1910–1913: Jean Arturo Chollet
  • 1914–1946: Charles-Marie-André Ginisty
  • 1946–1963: Marie-Paul-Georges Petit
  • 1963–1986: Pierre Francis Lucien Anatole Boillon
  • 1987–1999: Marcel Paul Herriot

21st century[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Les grands sites religieux du diocèse de Verdun au Moyen-Âge". Diocèse de Verdun.
  2. ^ Healy, Patrick (2006). The Chronicle of Hugh of Flavigny: Reform and the Investiture Contest in the Late Eleventh Century. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7546-5526-8.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Verdun". CatholiCity. Retrieved March 22, 2013.


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Coordinates: 49°09′34″N 5°22′56″E / 49.15944°N 5.38222°E / 49.15944; 5.38222