Vasada (Ancient Greek: Οὐάσαδα, Ouasada) was an city of ancient Lycaonia and later of Isauria, Asia Minor (modern Turkey). It was located a little to the southwest of Laodiceia. In the acta of church councils attended by its bishop, the name appears variously as Usada or Ousada (Οὔσαδα) or Aasada (Ἀάσαδα).
Vasada, identified with the ruins on Mount Kestel Dağ near modern Seydişehir, was important enough in the Roman province of Lycaonia to become a suffragan of the Metropolis of Iconium, under the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
These bishops were historically documented :
- Teodorus, attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325.
- Lequien counts a bishop Severus, contemporary of Saint Basilius
- Olympius, attended the Council of Chalcedon in 451
- Gorgonius partook in the Council of Constantinople of 536
- Conone participated in the Council in Trullo in 692
- At the Council of Constantinople of 879-880 which rehabilitated Patriarch Photius, Lequien notes both Nicephorus and Nicolaus, supporters of (and appointed by?) rival Patriarchs Photius viz. Ignatius I.
Catholic titular see
It is vacant since decades, having had the following incumbents:
- Joseph James Byrne, Holy Ghost Fathers (C.S.Sp.) (Irish) (1932.11.29 – 1953.03.25) as last Apostolic Vicar of Kilima-Njaro (Tanzania) (1932.11.29 – 1953.03.25); next (see) renamed and promoted first Bishop of Moshi (Tanzania) (1953.03.25 – 1959.05.15), emeritate as Titular Bishop of Abaradira (1959.05.15 – death 1961.10.20)
- Johann Wember, Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy Family (M.S.F.) (German) (1955.02.18 – death 1980.05.04) as first Apostolic Vicar of Northern Norway (Norway) (1955.02.18 – 1976) and on emeritate; previously last Ecclesiastical Superior of Mission sui juris of Northern Norway (Norway) (1939.11.17 – 1944.03.10), (see) promoted only Apostolic Prefect of Northern Norway (1944.03.10 – 1955.02.18).
- Ptolemy. The Geography. 5.4.10.
- Hierocles. Synecdemus. p. 675.
- Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Vasada". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
- Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 65, and directory notes accompanying.
- Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Vasada". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
- Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 451
- Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, vol. I, coll. 1075-1078
- Raymond Janin, lemma 1. 'Basada', in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. VI, 1932, col. 1063