Roman Catholic Diocese of Mainz

"Bishop of Mainz" redirects here. For a list of pre-modern bishops, see Elector of Mainz.
"Diocese of Mainz" redirects here. For the ancient and medieval diocese, see Electorate of Mainz.
Diocese of Mainz
Dioecesis Moguntinus
Bistum Mainz

Mainz Cathedral
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Freiburg
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Freiburg
Area 7,692 km2 (2,970 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
754,441 (26.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Mainz Cathedral
Patron saint St. Martin of Tours
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Archbishop of Freiburg
Auxiliary Bishops Udo Bentz
Emeritus Bishops Karl Cardinal Lehmann
Franziskus Eisenbach

The Diocese of Mainz is a diocese of the Catholic church in Germany, historically known in English by its French name of Mayence. It was created in 1802 with the abolition of the old Archbishopric of Mainz. The diocese is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Freiburg.[1][2][3] Its district is located in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. The seat of the diocese is in Mainz at the Cathedral dedicated to Saints Martin and Stephen.[4] It is the only Roman Catholic diocese in the world which bears the title of a Holy See next to Rome.[5]

Organizational structure

Bishop and cathedral chapter

Under Article 14 of the Reichskonkordat of 1933, which remains in force, the determination of the bishop to head the episcopal see and the composition of the chapter are governed by the provisions of Baden Concordat of 1932.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mainz comprises an area of 7692 square kilometers.[6] It is divided into 20 deaneries, which in turn are divided into 136 pastoral care units. This parish associations or parish groups include all 335 parishes and other chaplaincies of the diocese (as of 2007).[7] Pastoral units on the parish level have been introduced as a result of a profound structural change in the Catholic Church in Germany in many dioceses, the constitution of these units was determined by particular law [law of a particular region or territory], i.e., allowing for differences from one diocese to another. In the diocese of Mainz a parish group may be several parishes merged under the leadership of a single pastor. The parishes retain their church and state church legal personality. The pastor is attached to a pastoral team and a pastoral council. Parish associations, however, are combinations of several parishes, each with its own pastor. Several parish groups can join together to form a parochial associations.

Bishops of Mainz, 1802-present

Auxiliary bishops


Catholic Private Schools

Modern stainless steel sculpture of St. Martin in front of the Martinus School Mainz in the old town of Mainz

The most important educational institution of the Diocese is the Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Mainz. Besides the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mainz and the (arch)dioceses of Cologne, Limburg, Speyer and Trier belong to the initiators of this university . There are also other schools as the Edith-Stein-Schule in Darmstadt, Liebfrauenschule in Bensheim, the Episcopal Willigis-Gymnasium in Mainz, Abendgymnasium Ketteler of Mainz and the Episcopal College Willigis secondary school in Mainz.

Facilities at state universities

The diocese maintains three facilities at state universities. The most important of them is the Catholic Theological Faculty at the University of Mainz. In addition, there are at University of Giessen, the Institute for Catholic theology and their didactics, which is located at the Department of History and Cultural Studies. At the Technische Universität Darmstadt is an institute for theology and social ethics.

Bildungswerk der Diözese Mainz

The Bildungswerk der Diözese Mainz (educational works of the diocese of Mainz) promotes "... the church's adult education in the diocese from the parish to the diocesan level ..." The Bildungswerk is also a member of the Catholic Adult Education Hesse - Regional Working Group.

Other educational institutions

Culture and sights

Major churches

Cathedral and Major basilicas

Other well-known churches

Perpetual liturgical calendar

Internal feasts of the diocese are:



  1. website of the Archdiocese of Freiburg
  2. "Diocese of Mainz" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. "Diocese of Mainz" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  5. "Radio Vatikan: Frag den Pater : Es antwortet Pater Bernd Hagenkord SJ". Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2011-12-04. „Bis heute wird der Bischofssitz von Mainz als „Heiliger Stuhl“ Sancta sedes Moguntia bezeichnet.“
  6. Schematismus der Diözese Mainz 2007, p. 103
  7. Schematismus der Diözese Mainz 2007
  8. "Bishop Hermann von Gehrden, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 30, 2016
  9. "Bishop Sigfried Piscator, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 30, 2016
  10. "Bishop Heinrich Hopfgarten, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 30, 2016
  11. "Bishop Heinrich von Rübenach, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 30, 2016
  12. "Bishop Johannes Schulte, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  13. "Bishop Berthold von Oberg, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 30, 2016
  14. "Bishop Dionysius (Denys) Part, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 1, 2016
  15. "Bishop Matthias Emich, O. Carm." David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 1, 2016
  16. "Bishop Georg Fabri, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 3, 2016
  17. "Bishop Erhard von Redwitz, O. Cist." David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 3, 2016
  18. "Bishop Johannes Bonemilch" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 3, 2016
  19. "Bishop Thomas Ruscher" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 3, 2016
  20. "Bishop Paul Huthen" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 3, 2016
  21. "Bishop Johannes Münster" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 3, 2016
  22. "Bishop Maternus Pistor" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 5, 2016
  23. "Bishop Michael Helding" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 5, 2016
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