Roman Catholic Diocese of Agen

Diocese of Agen
Dioecesis Agennensis
Diocèse d'Agen

Country France
Ecclesiastical province Bordeaux
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bordeaux
Area 5,384 km2 (2,079 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
202,000 (59.9%)
Parishes 194
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Caprais of Agen
Deacon and Martyr Saint Stephen
Secular priests 61
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Hubert Herbreteau
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Agen (Lat. Ageniensis)is a Latin Rite Roman Catholic diocese in France.[1]

The diocese comprises the Département of Lot and Garonne, in the Region of Aquitaine. It has been successively suffragan to the archdioceses of Bordeaux (under the old regime), Toulouse (1802–22), and Bordeaux again (since 1822).[2]

Legends which do not antedate the ninth century concerning Saint Caprasius, martyred with St. Fides by Dacianus, Prefect of the Gauls, during the persecution of Diocletian, and the story of Vincentius, a Christian martyr (written about 520), furnish no foundation for later traditions which make these two saints early bishops of Agen.


The first bishop of Agen known to history is St. Phoebadius or Phébade, friend of St. Hilary, who published (in 357) a treatise against the Arians and figured prominently at the Council of Rimini in 359.

  • c.303?: Saint Caprais (?)
  • c.313: Saint Vincent (?)
  • Auxibius (?)
  • c.348: Saint Phébade
  • c.400: Saint Dulcide
  • Lupus (?)
  • c.549: Bébien
  • c.573: Polémius
  • c.580: Sugillarius
  • c.585: Antidius
  • c.615: Flavardus
  • c.629: Sallustius
  • c.642: Sebastianus
  • c.670: Siboaldus
  • c.850: Concordius
  • c.977: Gombaud
  • c.982: Arnaud I.
  • c.1000: Hugo
  • Sanctius
  • Simon I.
  • Arénat (?)
  • Adebert (?)
  • Arnaud II. de Beauville
  • c.1049: Bernard I. de Beauville
  • Osius (?)
  • Regino (?)
  • c.1061: Wilhelm I.
  • Arnaud III.
  • c.1080: Donald
  • c.1083: Elie I. (?)
  • c.1083: Simon II.
  • c.1101?: Géraud I.
  • c.1105: Isarad
  • c.1105: Gausbert
  • c.1118: Aldebert
  • c.1128: Raymond-Bernard du Fossat
  • c.1149: Elie II. de Castillon
  • c.1180: Peter I.
  • c.1182: Bertrand I. de Béceyras
  • c.1209: Arnaud IV. de Rovinha
  • c.1228: Arnaud V.
  • c.1231: Géraud II.
  • 1232–1235: Raoul de Peyrinis or de Peyrines or de Pinis (also Archbishop of Lyon)
  • c.1235: Arnaud VI. de Galard
  • c.1245: Pierre II. de Reims
  • c.1248: Wilhelm II, sent by Pope Urban IV (1261–64) to King St. Louis in 1262 to ask his aid in favor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople
  • c.1263: Wilhelm III.
  • c.1264: Pierre III. Jerlandi
  • c.1271: Arnaud VII. de Got
  • c.1281: Jean I. Jerlandi
  • c.1291: Bertrand II. de Got, Bertrand de Goth, whose uncle of the same name was raised from the Archbishopric of Bordeaux to the Papal See under the name of Clement V (1305–14), and during his pontificate visited the city of Agen
  • c.1306: Bernard II. de Fargis
  • c.1313: Amanieu de Fargis
  • c.1357: Déodat de Rotbald
  • c.1364: Raymond de Salg
  • c.1367: Richard (?)
  • c.1375: Jean II. Belveti
  • c.1379: Jean III.
  • c.1382: Simon de Cramaut, Simon of Cramaud
  • c.1383: Jean IV.
  • c.1398: Bernard III.
  • c.1398: Imbert de Saint-Laurent
  • c.1438: Jean V. Borgia
  • c.1460: Pierre IV. de Bérard
  • c.1477: Jean VI. de Monchenu
  • c.1478: Galéas de La Rovère
  • c.1487: Cardinal Léonard de La Rovère
  • c.1519: Marc-Antoine de La Rovère
  • c.1538 to 18 May 1550: Cardinal Jean de Lorraine
  • c.1550: Mathieu Bandel
  • c.1555: Janus Frégose (or Fregoso)
  • c.1586: Pierre V. Donault
  • c.1587: Nicolas de Villars
  • c.1608: Claude I. de Gélas
  • c.1631: Gaspard de Daillon du Lude
  • c.1636: Barthélémi d'Elbène
  • c.1664: Claude II. Joly
  • c.1679: Jules Mascaron, Oratorian and celebrated preacher, transferred from the see of Tulle
  • c.1703: François Hébert, curé of Versailles, contributed to the withdrawal of Madame de Montespan from the royal court, and who when appointed Bishop of Agen had as vicar-general until 1709 the celebrated Belsunce
  • c.1729: Jean d'Yse de Saléon, d'Ise de Saléon
  • 1735–1767: Jean-Gaspard-Gilbert de Chabannes
  • c.1767: Jean-Louis d'Usson de Bonnac, who in the parliamentary session of 3 January 1792, was the first to refuse to sign the constitutional oath.
  • c.1791: André Constant
  • 1802–1840: Jean IX. Jacoupy
  • 1841–1867: Jean-Aimé de Levezou de Vezins
  • 1871–1874: Hector-Albert Chaulet d'Outremont
  • 1874–1884: Jean-Emile Fonteneau
  • 1884–1905: Charles-Evariste-Joseph Coeuret-Varin
  • 1906–1937: Charles-Paul Sagot du Vauroux
  • 1938–1956: Jean-Marcel Rodié
  • 1956–1976: Roger Johan
  • 1976–1996: Sabin-Marie Saint-Gaudens
  • 1996–2004: Jean-Charles Marie Descubes
  • 2005–present: Hubert Marie Michel Marcel Herbreteau


Agen Cathedral was formerly the church of St. Caprasius, and is a splendid specimen of Romance architecture, dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It was made the cathedral in place of the church of St. Etienne, which was unfortunately destroyed during the French Revolution.


  1. David M. Cheney, Catholic-Hierarchy: Diocese of Agen. Retrieved: 2016-07-07. L'Eglise catholique en Lot-et-Garonne: Site du Diocèse d'Agen, Official website, Retrieved: 2016-07-07 (in French).
  2.  Georges, Goyau (1907). "Diocese of Agen". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company.


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Coordinates: 44°12′25″N 0°37′10″E / 44.20694°N 0.61944°E / 44.20694; 0.61944

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