Diocese of Verdun
Diocèse de Verdun
Verdun Cathedral and Cloister
Coat of arms
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Besançon|
|Area||6,211 km2 (2,398 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2014)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||Restored on 6 October 1822|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Notre Dame de Verdun|
|Patron saint||Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Heaven|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Jean-Luc Bouilleret|
|Bishops emeritus||François Maupu|
|Website of the Diocese|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Verdun (Latin: Dioecesis Virodunensis; French: Diocèse de Verdun) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France. Currently a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Besançon, the diocese corresponds to the department of Meuse in the Region 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.: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)."
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.
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