Roman Catholic Diocese of Meaux

Diocese of Meaux
Dioecesis Meldensis
Diocèse de Meaux

Country France
Ecclesiastical province Paris
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Paris
Area 5,931 km2 (2,290 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
829,000 (63.0%)
Parishes 523
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd Century
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St Stephen in Meaux
Patron saint Saint Stephen
Secular priests 112 (diocesan)
43 (religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jean-Yves Nahmias
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal André Vingt-Trois
Emeritus Bishops Albert-Marie Joseph Cyrille de Monléon Bishop Emeritus (1999-2012)
Yves-Marie-Henri Bescond Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1979-1986)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Meaux (Lat. Meldensis), is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. The diocese comprises the entire department of Seine-et-Marne. It was suffragan of the Archdiocese of Sens until 1622, and subsequently of Archdiocese of Paris.

The Concordat of 1801 gave to the Diocese of Meaux the department of Marne, which was separated from it in 1821 and 1822 by the establishment of the archiepiscopal See of Reims and the episcopal See of Châlons.

The current Bishop is Albert-Marie Joseph Cyrille de Monléon (born 20 January 1937, in Paris, France), who was installed on 10 October 1999 following his move from the post of Bishop of Pamiers.[1] However, on Thursday, August 9, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation from the pastoral government of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meaux in accordance with Canon 401.1 of the Latin=rite 1983 Code of Canon Law, and appointed as the next Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meaux, Auxiliary Bishop Jean-Yves Nahmias, who had been serving as Titular Bishop of Termini Imerese and as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris in Paris, France, under Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois. Monsignor Jean-Yves Nahmias was born on September 16, 1957 in Saint-Mand, France, bordering Paris, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Créteil in Créteil, France. After his studies at the University of Paris I, he graduated with a License in Financial Law; he has been a member of G.F.U. (Groupes de Formation Universitaire). He completed his studies in philosophy and theology first for two years at the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, then as a student of the French Seminary in Rome, and then in the Institute of Theological Studies in Brussels, Belgium, where then-Father Nahmias obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1991. Bishop Nahmias was ordained to the presbyterate (the Roman Catholic priesthood) on June 24, 1989, and was incardinated for service to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris. After his priestly ordination, Bishop Nahmias served as Parochial Vicar (Assistant Pastor) at the Parish of Notre-Dame de la Croix, Paris, and as a Chaplain in Public Schools Jean-Baptiste-Clément, Etienne Dolet and Martin Nadaud (1990-1994). In addition, from 1992 to 1996, was in charge of the Diocesan Service for Vocations, and since 1993, Director of Opera for Vocations. Later, he was the Parochial Vicar at the Parish Saint-Ambroise (Saint Ambrose), and a Chaplain in Public Schools Voltaire and Alain-Fournier (1994-1996); Rector of the Archdiocesan Seminary of Paris and the Diocesan Delegate for the Seminarians (1996-2001); and finally, as the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Paris under Cardinals Jean-Marie Lustiger and Andre Vingt-Trois (2001-2006). Father Nahmias was appointed as Titular Bishop of Termini Imerese and Auxiliary Bishop of Paris on June 1, 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI, and was consecrated to the episcopacy on September 8, 2006. He serves as President of Radio Notre-Dame. Within the French Bishops' Conference, he serves on the Board for Communication.[2]



The present Diocese of Meaux is made up of the greater part of the former Diocese of Meaux, a large part of the former Diocese of Sens, a part of the former Diocese of Paris, and a few parishes of the former Dioceses of Troyes, Soissons and Senlis. Hildegar, who lived in the ninth century, says in his "Life of St. Faro" (Burgundofaro), that this bishop was the twentieth since St. Denis. According to the tradition accepted by Hildegaire, St. Denis was the first Bishop of Meaux, and was succeeded by his disciple Saint Saintin, who in turn was succeeded by St. Antoninus; and another saint, named Rigomer, occupied the See of Meaux at the close of the fifth century. In 876 or 877, Hincmar showed Charles the Bald a document which he claimed had been transcribed from a very old copy and according to which St. Antoninus and Saint Saintin, disciples of Saint Denis, had brought to Pope Anacletus the account of the martyrdom of St. Denis, and on their return to Gaul had successively occupied the See of Meaux.

Notable bishops

Bishop Jean-Yves Nahmias

According to Louis Duchesne, the first Bishop of Meaux historically known is Medovechus, who was present at two church councils in 549 and 552. Of the bishops of Meaux the following may be mentioned (following Mgr. Allou's chronology):

Notable events

In 1562 most of the inhabitants of Meaux had become Protestants, and Joachim de Montluc, sent by the king, proceeded with rigour against them. They were still sufficiently powerful in 1567 to attempt to carry off, in the vicinity of Meaux, Catherine de' Medici and Charles IX; and so for that reason, shortly after St. Bartholomew's day, Charles IX ordered the massacre of the Protestants of Meaux. At the château of Fontainebleau, built by Francis I, was held the theological conference of 4 May 1600, between the Catholics (Cardinal du Perron, de Thou, Pithou) and the Calvinists (du Plessis Mornay, Philippe Canaye, Isaac Casaubon).

Pope Eugene III stayed some days at Meaux in 1147. In 1664 Blessed Eudes preached for two months at Meaux, Mme Guyon passed the first six months of 1695 at the Visitation convent of Meaux, where Bossuet had frequent conferences with her, but failed to make her abandon her mystic views. The celebrated Père Loriquet (1767–1845) was superior from 1812 to 1814 of the preparatory seminary of Châage, in the Diocese of Meaux.


A number of saints are found in the history of this diocese:


A council convoked in 845 at Meaux by Charles the Bald adopted important measures for the re-establishment of discipline in the three ecclesiastical provinces of Sens, Bourges, and Reims. Other councils were held at Meaux in 962, 1082, 1204, 1229 (ended in Paris), where the Count of Toulouse was reconciled with the Church; in 1240 a council was held in which the sentence of excommunication was pronounced against Frederick II by Joannes of Palestrina, legate of Gregory IX; there was held an important council in 1523. Four councils were held at Melun, in 1216, 1225, 1232, 1300. The city of Provins was famous in the Middle Ages for its burlesque ceremonies (fête de fous, fête do l'âne, fête des Innocents) held in the church. The cathedral of St-Etienne de Meaux is a fine Gothic edifice begun about 1170. The church of Champigny has a magnificent crypt dating from the thirteenth century.


The principal pilgrimages of the diocese are:



Reference works


Coordinates: 48°57′37″N 2°52′47″E / 48.9602°N 2.87975°E / 48.9602; 2.87975

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