Territorial Abbey of Orosh

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The Abbey of Orosh (also known as Mirditë Abbey or St. Alexander Oroshi) was a territorial Benedictine abbey in Orosh, Albania, now destroyed, dedicated to the martyr St. Alexander.

By papal decree of 25 October 1888, this abbey with its two affiliated parishes, together with five other parishes in the Diocese of Lezhë (Alessio) were removed from the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Lezhë.

In 1890 three parishes from the Diocese of Sapë were added, and in 1894 five more parishes from Lezhë.

When Albania was still part of the Ottoman Empire, the region was inhabited by Muslims, Orthodox and Catholic Christians. In the early 20th century, Catholics numbered 16,550 being under the care of secular and regular clergy. The abbot was chosen from among the secular clergy. The abbot, Mgr. Primus Docchi, who resided at Orosh was born at Bulgëri, 7 February 1846, and studied at the Propaganda College in Rome. The Franciscans had a parish and a hospital at Gomsiqe.

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Coordinates: 41°51′42″N 20°04′17″E / 41.8618°N 20.0715°E / 41.8618; 20.0715