Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg

Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau
Archidioecesis Friburgensis
Erzbistum Freiburg

Freiburg Minster
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Freiburg
Metropolitan Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg
Area 16,229 km2 (6,266 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
1,953,041 (41.2%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 16 August 1821
Cathedral Freiburg Minster
Patron saint Virgin Mary
St. Conrad of Constance
St. Gebhard of Constance
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Stephan Burger
Auxiliary Bishops Bernd Joachim Uhl, Michael Gerber
Emeritus Bishops Robert Zollitsch, Rainer Klug, Paul Friedrich Wehrle

The Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau (Latin Archidioecesis Friburgensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Baden-Württemberg comprising the former states of Baden and Hohenzollern. The Archdiocese of Freiburg is led by an archbishop, who also serves as the metropolitan bishop of the Upper-Rhine ecclesiastical province for the suffragan dioceses of Mainz and Rottenburg-Stuttgart. Its seat is Freiburg im Breisgau.

The 14th Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, followed his predecessor Oskar Saier, who served from 1978 to 2002. On May 30, 2014 Stephan Burger was appointed as the new Archbishop of Freiburg. He was ordained as bishop on June 29, 2014.


In 1821 the Archdiocese of Freiburg was founded out of the Diocese of Constance as well as parts of the Mainz, Straßburg, Worms and Würzburg dioceses. Freiburg pastor Bernhard Boll became the first bishop in 1827. Well known successors were Conrad Gröber and Hermann Schäufele

Today, church closures are not seen in the archdiocese of Freiburg. The same goes for the consolidation of parishes. The Archdiocese of Freiburg exercises the concept of “unions of pastoral guidance”.

On November 1, 2005 the archbishop Dr. Robert Zollitsch enacted “Pastoral Guidelines” for the first time in the history of the Archdiocese. These guidelines are given the title “Shaping the awakening”.

Patron saints

Diocese organization

The Archdiocese is organized into seven regions, and these regions are in turn organized into numerous deaneries.

The northernmost archdiocese jurisdiction is the parish of St. Laurentius in Freudenberg.

Church institutions

Entrance to the ordinariate of the archbishop, Freiburg Breisgau.


Through its scholarly foundation the Archdiocese of Freiburg administers 17 comprehensive secondary schools (Gymnasien), 6 secondary schools (Realschulen), one primary school, one technical school for elderly care, one vocational college, and two boarding schools.


The Archdiocese maintains a priest seminary in Freiburg, the Collegium Borromaeum (CB), where candidates for priesthood live during their theological studies at Freiburg's Albert-Ludwigs University. The CB lies in proximity to the Freiburger Cathedral and the ordinariate of the archbishop. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was, among other things, a repetitor (tutor) at the CB for several years. Pastoral training takes place in a seminary in St. Peter, where Robert Zollitsch likewise functioned as a lecturer.



    Coordinates: 47°59′00″N 7°51′00″E / 47.9833°N 7.8500°E / 47.9833; 7.8500

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