Roman Catholic Diocese of Verdun

Diocese of Verdun
Dioecesis Virodunensis
Diocèse de Verdun

Verdun Cathedral and Cloister
Country France
Ecclesiastical province Besançon
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Besançon
Area 6,211 km2 (2,398 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
173,300 (87.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established Restored on 6 October 1822
Cathedral Cathedral of Notre Dame de Verdun
Patron saint Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Heaven
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jean-Paul Gusching
Metropolitan Archbishop Jean-Luc Bouilleret
Emeritus Bishops François Maupu
Website of the Diocese
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Verdun is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church, in France. Currently a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Besançon, the diocese corresponds to the department of Meuse in the Region of Lorraine. The diocese is subdivided into 577 parishes.


The diocese dates back to the 4th century. Traditionally the city was first evangelized around 332 by St. Sanctinus, Bishop of Meaux, who became the first bishop. Sanctinus erected the first Christian oratory dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul[1][2]:pp.22–23

"Other bishops worthy of mention are: St. Possessor (470-86); St. Firminus (486-502); St. Vitonus (Vanne) (502-29); St. Désiré (Desideratus) (529-54), St. Agericus (Airy) (554-91), friend of St. Gregory of Tours and of Fortunatus; St. Paul (630-48), formerly Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of Tholey in the Diocese of Trier; and St. Madalvaeus (Mauve) (753-76)."[3]

Until 1801 Verdun was part of the ecclesiastical province of the Archbishop of Trier. On November 29, 1801 it was suppressed and added to the Diocese of Nancy. On October 6, 1822 the diocese was re-established.

After the Concordat

20th century

21st century

See also


  1. "Les grands sites religieux du diocèse de Verdun au Moyen-Âge". Diocèse de Verdun.
  2. Healy, Patrick (2006). The Chronicle of Hugh of Flavigny: Reform and the Investiture Contest in the Late Eleventh Century. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7546-5526-8.
  3. "Diocese of Verdun". CatholiCity. Retrieved March 22, 2013.

Coordinates: 49°09′34″N 5°22′56″E / 49.15944°N 5.38222°E / 49.15944; 5.38222

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