Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucera–Troia

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The Diocese of Lucera-Troia (Latin: Dioecesis Lucerina-Troiana) is a Roman Catholic bishopric in Apulia, in southern Italy, with its episcopal seat at Lucera Cathedral. The present diocese was formed in 1986 by combining the older diocese of Lucera with the diocese of Troia,[1][2] the seat of which was Troia Cathedral, now a co-cathedral of the united diocese.

Diocese of Lucera–Troia

Dioecesis Lucerina-Troiana
The Duomo of Lucera.jpg
Ecclesiastical provinceFoggia-Bovino
Area1,337 km2 (516 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
67,600 (est.)
66,300 (est.) (98.1%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established4th century
1986 (merger)
CathedralLucera Cathedral
Co-cathedralTroia Cathedral
Secular priests55 (diocesan)
20 (Religious Orders)
6 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
BishopGiuseppe Giuliano
Bishops emeritusFrancesco Zerrillo
Co-cathedral in Troia

Ecclesiastical historyEdit

Local tradition traces the origin of the bishopric of Lucera to the third century and Saint Bassus. The first historically certain bishop is Marcus (c. 743).

In 1391, the diocese of Lucera was increased by the addition of the bishopric of Castel Fiorentino (Farentino), a city founded in 1015 by the Byzantine catapan Basil Mesardonites, and the place of Emperor Frederick II's death.

After 1409, the diocese of Tortiboli - created before 1236 - was united to Lucera, although under its Latin name Tortibulum it remains a titular diocese.[3]

In 1818, the united dioceses of Montecorvino and Vulturaria were added to Lucera. Motta Montecorvino had gained a bishopric in the tenth century, counting among its bishops Saint Albert of Montecorvino. It was joined to that of Vulturaria[4] in 1433, although it too continues to give its name to a titular diocese.

On September 30, 1986, the diocese of Troia was united with Lucera to form the diocese of Lucera–Troia as a suffragan of the also renamed Metropolitan Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino.[5] Both its cathedral in Lucera and its co-cathedral in Troia have the rank of minor basilica.


Diocese of LuceraEdit

Erected: 4th Century
Latin Name: Lucerina
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Foggia

Territory Added: 1391 from the suppressed Diocese of Fiorentino

Territory Added: 1409 from the suppressed Diocese of Tortiboli

Territory Added: 1409 from the suppressed Diocese of Vulturara e Montecorvino

  • Andrea Portanova (1818–1840 Died)
  • Giuseppe Iannuzzi (1843–1871 Died)
  • Giuseppe Maria Cotellessa (1872–1889 Died)
  • Carmelo Ciotola (1891–1892 Died)
  • Giuseppe Consenti, C.SS.R. (1893–1907 Died)
  • Lorenzo Chieppa (1909–1918 Died)
  • Giuseppe di Girolamo (1920–1941 Resigned)
  • Domenico Vendola (1941–1963 Resigned)
  • Antonio Cunial (1963–1970 Appointed, Bishop of Vittorio Veneto)
  • Angelo Criscito (1970–1985 Retired)
  • Carmelo Cassati, M.S.C. (1985–1986 Resigned)

Diocese of Lucera-TroiaEdit

United: 30 September 1986 with the Diocese of Troia
Latin Name: Lucerina-Troiana

  • Raffaele Castielli (1987–1996 Resigned)
  • Francesco Zerrillo (1997–2007 Retired)
  • Domenico Cornacchia (2007–2016)[9]
  • •Giuseppe Giuliano (20 Oct 2016 Appointed - )


  1. ^ "Diocese of Lucera-Troia" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Lucera-Troi" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ held since 2001 by Joseph Vu Duy Thong, Auxiliary Bishop of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
  4. ^ now known as Volturara Appula, an almost depopulated town
  5. ^ elevated to the status of archbishopric in 1979, as the Archbishopric of Foggia
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Eubel, Konrad (1923). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol III (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. pp. 229. (in Latin)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. p. 225.
  8. ^ a b c d Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus (1952). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol V. Patavii: Messagero di S. Antonio. pp. 248–149. (in Latin)
  9. ^ Cornacchia was transferred to the diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi on 15 January 2016.


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  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Lucera". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.