Apostolic Prefecture of Lixian

The Apostolic Prefecture of Lixian is Latin rite pre-diocesan jurisdiction of the Catholic Church with seat in Lixian (Li County, Hebei), central China.

It is exempt, i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province), and on its missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

No statistics available. It borders on its mother diocese Changde and those of Yuanling 沅陵 and Yichang 宜昌 as well as on the Apostolic Prefecture of Shashi 沙市 and Apostolic Prefecture of Yueyang 岳陽.

It is vacant, under an Apostolic administrator since 2012.


Established on 6 May 1931 as Apostolic Prefecture of Lixian 澧縣 (中文) / Lizhou 澧州 (中文) / Lichow / Lichoven(sis) (Latin), on territory split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Changde (常德, now a diocese).

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(all Roman Rite)

Apostolic Prefects of Lixian 澧縣

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