Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt

Diocese of Eichstätt
Dioecesis Eystettensis
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Bamberg
Area 6,025 km2 (2,326 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
442,772 (49.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 745
Cathedral Eichstätt Cathedral
Patron saint St. Walburga
St. Willibald
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke, O.S.B
Bishop of Eichstätt
Metropolitan Archbishop Ludwig Schick
Archbishop of Bamberg

The Diocese of Eichstätt is a diocese of the Catholic Church in Bavaria. Its seat is Eichstätt, and it is subordinate to the archbishop of Bamberg. The diocese was erected in 745; from the Middle Ages until 1805, it was a state of the Holy Roman Empire. The current Bishop of Eichstätt is Dr. Gregor Maria Hanke, OSB; formerly the Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten, he was named to the See by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 October 2006, and he was consecrated at the Cathedral of Eichstätt on 2 December 2006. The diocese covers an area of 6,025 km², with 48,9% (as per 31 Dez. 2006) just under half of the population is catholic.

List of bishops


The diocese was erected by Saint Boniface in 745; it was subordinate to the archbishop of Mainz. By the Bavarian Concordat of 1817, the diocese was reorganized and made subordinate to the archbishop of Bamberg.



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