Roman Catholic Diocese of Cava de’ Tirreni

The Diocese of Cava (de’ Tirreni) was a Roman Catholic diocesis located in the Italian region Campania. It existed from 1394 to 1986, and was informally known as Cava and Sarno (Cava e Sarno) from 1818.06.27 to 1972.09.25 while in personal union (aeque principaliter) with the neighboring Diocese of Sarno.


Established on 1394.08.07 as Diocese of Cava (centred on La Trinità della Cava) on territory split off from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Salerno).

In 1513 it lost territory to establish the Territorial Abbacy of Santissima Trinità di Cava de’ Tirreni.

On 1818.06.27 it gained territory from the suppressed Diocese of Nocera de’ Pagani (Nuceria Paganorum, refounded in 1386) and entered in personal union with the neighboring bishopric of Sarno (founded in 1066), becoming known as Diocese of Cava and Sarno[1]).

On 1833.12.07 it lost territory to re-establish the above Nocera de’ Paganias as a separate diocesis.[2] On 1850.09.21 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Diano–Teggiano.

In 1972 its personal union with Sarno was ended.

In 1986 the diocesis was suppressed and its territories divided: Cava de Tirreni merged with the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Amalfi as Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni, while former twin Sarno merged with the diocese of Nuceria Pagani to form the diocese of Nocera Inferiore-Sarno.[3]

Episcopal Ordinaries

(all Roman rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Cava


Bishops of Cava (and Sarno)
Bishops of Cava de’ Tirreni


  1. Catholic Encyclopedia, "Abbey of Trinita di Cava Dei Tirreni" (1913).
  2. Catholic Encyclopedia, "Nocera Dei Pagani" (1913).
  3. "Diocese of Cava e Sarno". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. "Bishop Francesco Marchesani". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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