Roman Catholic Diocese of Speyer
|Diocese of Speyer|
|Area||6,025 km2 (2,326 sq mi)|
(as of 2010)|
|Patron saint||Mary, Mother of God|
Bishop of Speyer
Archbishop of Bamberg
|Auxiliary Bishops||Otto Georgens|
|Emeritus Bishops||Anton Schlembach|
The Diocese of Speyer (lat. Dioecesis Spirensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in Germany. The diocese is located in the South of the Rhineland-Palatinate and comprises also the Saarpfalz district in the east of the Saarland. The bishop's see is in the Palatinate city of Speyer.
As of 31 December 2006, 44.5% of the population of the diocese was Catholic.
In a slightly different hierarchic structure it is one of the oldest Dioceses in Germany. A bishop of Speyer was first mentioned in a document in 346. Through grants by the Holy Roman Emperor, the prince-bishops of Speyer established themselves as worldly as well as spiritual rulers. The Diocese of Speyer in its current form was established within the borders of the former Rheinkreis, a district of the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1817 after the secularization and division of the former bishopric in 1803.
The diocese is directed by bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann.
The diocese is structured in the following deaneries, with borders that are almost the same as the local county borders:
|Deanery||City / County||Dean|
|Bad Dürkheim||Stadt Neustadt, Landkreis Bad Dürkheim||Priest Michael Janson, Hassloch|
|Donnersberg||Donnersbergkreis||Priest Thomas Brenner, Gerbach|
|Germersheim||Landkreis Germersheim||Priest Monsignore Felix Hirsch, Bellheim|
|Kaiserslautern||Stadt Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern (district)||Priest Ewald Sonntag, Kaiserslautern-Erfenbach|
|Kusel||Kusel (district)||Priest Rudolf Schlenkrich, Kusel|
|Landau||Stadt Landau, Landkreis Südliche Weinstraße||Priest Klaus Ambrust, Landau|
|Ludwigshafen||Stadt Ludwigshafen, Stadt Frankenthal, Northern part of Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis||Priest Dr. Gerd Babelotzky, Ludwigshafen-Friesenheim|
|Pirmasens||Stadt Pirmasens, Stadt Zweibrücken, Landkreis Südwestpfalz||Priest Rudolf Banzer, Pirmasens|
|Saarpfalz||Saarpfalz district||Priest Karl Josef Lindemann, St. Ingbert|
|Speyer||Stadt Speyer, Southern part of Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis||Priest Peter Nirmaier, Schifferstadt|