Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kaunas
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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kaunas
Archdiocese of Kaunas

Archidioecesis Kaunensis

Kauno Arkivyskupija
Kauno arkikatedra bokstas 2006-06-03.JPG
Kaunas Cathedral, the mother church of the Archdiocese
Location
Country Lithuania
Statistics
Area8,750 km2 (3,380 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
655,000
524,000 (80%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteLatin
Established1417
(As Diocese of ?emai?iai)
4 April 1926
(As Archdiocese of Kaunas)
CathedralCathedral Basilica of St Peter and St Paul
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
SuffragansDiocese of ?iauliai, Diocese of Tel?iai, Diocese of Vilkavi?kis
Auxiliary BishopsAlgirdas Jurevi?ius (Apostolic Administrator)
Bishops emeritus
Map
Map of the Archdiocese
Map of the Archdiocese
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaunas (Latin: Archidioecesis Kaunensis) is a Latin archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Lithuania.

It is based in Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania. The archdiocese's motherchurch and cathedral is Kaunas Cathedral Basilica; it is also home to a Minor Basilica in a town of ?iluva, in the region of Samogitia.

History

Predecessor of the diocese was established according to directions from the Council of Constance on October 24, 1417 as the Diocese of Samogitia (Polish: ?mud?; Lithuanian: ?emaitija), with a see in Medininkai. It was the second Catholic diocese in ethnic Lithuanian parts of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

On March 25, 1798 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Wigry. On July 3, 1848 it gained territory from the persisting then Diocese of Vilnius, now Lithuania's other Metropolitan see. On June 9, 1920 it lost territory to the existing Diocese of Riga (in Latvia), while in the next year it gained territory from the persisting Diocese of Sejny (in Poland).

The Apostolic constitution, issued by Pius XI, intended to structure the diocesan territories in accordance with the actual boundaries of Lithuanian Republic after the Declaration of Independence in 1918. Due to fact, that claimed Lithuanian capital city Vilnius and the eastern parts of the country were seized by Polish troops in 1920 and annexed by Poland in 1922, Kaunas became not only the Temporary capital of Lithuania but also was promoted by Pope Pius XI on April 4, 1926 into the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaunas, initially with as suffragan sees Vilkavi?kis and Tel?iai in the new Lithuanian ecclesiastical province. The then diocese of Vilnius was also elevated into a Metropolitan Archbishopric with its ecclesiastical province on temporarily Polish areas.

It enjoyed a Papal Visit from Pope John Paul II in September 1993. On May 28, 1997, parts of the archdiocese have been ceded to the newly founded suffragan Diocese of ?iauliai.

Province

Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archbishopric and the following suffragan sees :

Episcopal ordinaries

Suffragan Bishops of Samogitia
See List of bishops of Samogitia.
Suffragan Bishops of ?emaitija
  • Matthias di Trakai (1417.10.23 - 1422.05.04), later Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1422.05.04 - death 1453.05.09)
  • Mikalojus Traki?kis (1423.08.06 - death 1434.03)
  • Petras da Leopoli (1434.09.20 - death 1435.09)
  • Jok?bas Vilnietis (1436.05.18 - death 1439.06.08)
  • Baltramiejus Pultuskietis (1440 - death 1453.10.26)
  • Jurgis Vilnietis (1453.12.19 - death 1464.02.25)
  • Motiejus Topolietis (1464.08.08 - death 1470.04.24)
  • Baltramiejus Svirenkavi?ius (1471.02.13 - death 1482)
  • Martynas di Samogizia (1483.02.21 - death 1492)
  • Martynas Lintfaras (Marcin Lintfari) (1492.10.08 - death 1515)
  • Mikalojus Radvila (Miko?aj Radziwi) (1521.07.18 - death 1530.11.03)
  • Mikalojus Vizgaila (Miko?aj Wie?gaj?o) (1531.02.15 - death 1533.01.19)
  • Vaclovas Virbickis (Wac?aw Wierzbicki) (1534.04.13 - death 1555.07.18)
  • Jonas Domanovskis (Jan Domanowski) (1556.04.13 - death 1563.11)
  • Stanislovas Narkuskis (Stanis?aw Narkuski) (1564.06.21 - death 1564.09)
  • Viktorinas Virbickis (Wiktoryn Wierzbicki) (1565.06.08 - 1567.08.22), later Bishop of Luck and W?odzimierz (Ukraine) (1567.08.22 - 1586)
  • Jurgis Petk?nas Petkevi?ius (Jerzy Pietkiewicz) (1567.11.14 - death 1574.07)
  • Merkelis Giedraitis (Melchior Giedroy?) (1576.01.16 - death 1609.04.06)
  • Mikalojus Pacas (Miko?aj Pac) (1610.03.29 - retired 1618.11.26), previously Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1602.09.09 - 1610.03.29 & Titular Bishop of Modon (1602.09.09 - 1610.03.29)
  • Stanislovas Ki?ka (Stanis?aw Kiszka) (1618.11.26 - death 1626.02.13)
  • Abraomas Voina (Abraham Woyna) (1626.07.20 - 1631.03.24), previously Titular Bishop of Modon (1611.05.25 - 1626.07.20) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1611.05.25 - 1626.07.20); later Bishop of Vilnius (1631.03.24 - death 1649.04.14)
  • Merkelis Elija?evi?ius Gei?as (Melchior Elijaszewicz Geisz) (1631.06.11 - death 1633.01.28)
  • Jurgis Ti?kevi?ius (Jerzy Tyszkiewicz) (1633.12.19 - 1649.12.09), previously Titular Bishop of Modon (1627.05.17 - 1633.12.19) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1627.05.17 - 1633.12.19); later Bishop of Vilnius (1649.12.09 - death 1656.01.17)
  • Petras Par?evskis (Piotr Parczewski) (1649.12.09 - death 1658.12.06), previously Bishop of Smolensk (Russia) (1636.09.01 - 1649.12.09)
  • Aleksandras Kazimieras Sapiega (Aleksander Kazimierz Sapieha) (1660.01.12 - 1667.07.18), previously Titular Bishop of Modon (1655.08.02 - 1660.01.12) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1655.08.02 - 1660.01.12); later Bishop of Vilnius (1667.07.18 - death 1671.05.22)
  • Kazimieras Pacas (Kazimierz Pac) (1667.10.03 - death 1695), previously Bishop of Smolensk (Russia) (1664.01.14 - 1667.10.03)
  • Jonas Jeronimas Kri?pinas-Kir?en?teinas (Jan Hieronim Kryszpin-Kirszensztein) (1695.09.19 - death 1708.07.14), previously Titular Bishop of Martiria (1696.01.02 - 1706.01.25) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1696.01.02 - 1710.07.21)
  • Jonas Mikalojus Zgierskis (Jan Miko?aj Zgierski) (1710.07.21 - death 1713.12.06), previously Titular Bishop of Martiria (1696.01.02 - 1706.01.25) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1696.01.02 - 1710.07.21) and next Bishop of Smolensk (Russia) (1706.01.25 - 1710.07.21)
  • Povilas Pranci?kus Sapiega (Pawe? Franciszek Sapieha), Cistercians (O. Cist.) (1715.01.21 - death 1715.10.01)
  • Aleksandras Mikalojus Gorainis (Aleksander Miko?aj Horain) (1716.12.07 - death 1735.12.07), previously Titular Bishop of Tiberias (1704.09.15 - 1711.12.23) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1704.09.15 - 1711.12.23), Bishop of Smolensk (Russia) (1711.12.23 - 1716.12.07)
  • Juozapas Mykolas Karpis (Józef Micha? Karp) (1736.11.19 - death 1739.12.10)
  • Antanas Ti?kevi?ius (Antoni Dominik Tyszkiewicz) (1740.09.16 - death 1762.01.31), previously Titular Bishop of Mennith (1739.07.20 - 1740.09.16) & Auxiliary Bishop of Kyiv-?ernihiv (Ukraine) (1739.07.20 - 1740.09.16)
  • Dominykas Lopacinskis (Jan Dominik ?opaci?ski) (1762.04.19 - death 1778.01.11)
  • Bishop Jan Stefan Giedroy? (1778.03.30 - retired 1802.05.13), previously Titular Bishop of Verinopolis (1763.08.22 - 1765.04.22) & Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1763.08.22 - 1765.04.22), Bishop of Inflanty (Latvia) (1765.04.22 - 1778.03.30)
  • Juozapas Arnulfas Giedraitis (Józef Arnulf Giedroy?) (1802.05.13 - death 1838.07.17), succeeding as former Coadjutor Bishop of ?emaitija ([1790.12.04] 1791.04.11 - 1802.05.13 & Titular Bishop of Orthosia (1791.04.11 - 1802.05.13)
  • Apostolic Administrator Simonas Mikalojus Giedraitis (Szymon Michal Józef Arnold Giedroy?) (1838.07.17 - 1844.08.07), former Titular Bishop of Adramyttium (1804.08.20 - 1838.07.17), Auxiliary Bishop of ?emaitija (1804.08.20 - 1829.12) and Coadjutor Bishop of ?emaitija (1829.12 - 1838.07.17, not formally succeeding)
  • Jonas Krizostomas Gintila (1844.08.07 - 1849.09.28 not possessed)
  • Motiejus Valan?ius (Maciej Kazimierz Wo?onczewski) (1849.09.28 - death 1875.05.29)
  • Apostolic Administrator Aleksandras Kazimieras Beresnevi?ius (Aleksander Kazimierz Bere?niewicz) (1875.05.30 - 1883.03.15), Titular Bishop of Maximianopolis (1858.09.27 - 1883.03.15), former Auxiliary Bishop of ?emaitija (1858.09.27 - 1875.05.30); later Bishop of Kujawy-Kaliska (Poland) (1883.03.15 - 1902.06.04)
  • Me?islovas Leonardas Paliulionis (Mieczys?aw Leonard Pallulon) (1883.03.15 - death 1908.05.02)
  • Gaspar Felicjan Cyrtowt (1910.04.07 - death 1913.09.20), previously Titular Bishop of Castoria (1897.07.21 - 1910.04.07) & Auxiliary Bishop of ?emaitija (1897.07.21 - 1910.04.07)
  • Pranci?kus Karevi?ius, Marian Fathers (M.I.C.) (1914.02.27 - 1926.03.23), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Scythopolis (1926.03.23 - 1945.05.30)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Kaunas

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Coordinates: 54°54?N 23°53?E / 54.900°N 23.883°E / 54.900; 23.883


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