Roman Catholic Diocese of Blois

Diocese of Blois
Dioecesis Blesensis
Diocèse de Blois

Country France
Ecclesiastical province Tours
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tours
Area 6,422 km2 (2,480 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
185,097 (54.7%)
Parishes 293
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1 July 1697
Cathedral Cathedral of St Louis in Blois
Patron saint St Louis IX of France
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Maurice Le Bègue de Germiny
Metropolitan Archbishop Bernard-Nicolas Jean-Marie Aubertin
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Blois, is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. The diocese lies in western France, and encompasses the department of Loir-et-Cher. Since 2002 it has been a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Tours.


On 1 July 1697 Pope Innocent XII canonically erected the Bishopric of Blois from territory of the Diocese of Chartres. Before the French Revolution, the Diocese of Blois was less extensive than at present, almost the entire arrondissement of Romorantin being subject to the Bishopric of Orléans, and the Bas-Vendômois to the Bishop of Le Mans.

The Concordat of 1802 gave Loir-et-Cher to the Diocese of Orléans, and in 1822 the Diocese of Blois was re-established. Monseigneur de Thémines, who was Bishop of Blois in 1776 and died in exile in 1829, was one of the most obstinate enemies of the Concordat.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

Coordinates: 47°35′19″N 1°20′09″E / 47.58861°N 1.33583°E / 47.58861; 1.33583

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