The Diocese of Møre (Norwegian: Møre bispedømme) is a diocese in the Church of Norway which geographically consists of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Its bishop is seated at the Molde Cathedral which is located in the county administrative center of Molde. As of 2008[update], the Bishop of Møre is Ingeborg Midttømme.
Diocese of Møre
|Territory||Møre og Romsdal|
|Denomination||Church of Norway|
Location of the Diocese of Møre
The diocese was established on 18 September 1983, when the district of Sunnmøre was removed from the Diocese of Bjørgvin to the south, and the Romsdal and Nordmøre districts were removed from the Diocese of Nidaros to the north. The three districts (which correspond to Møre og Romsdal county) were used to form the new diocese.
The Diocese of Møre is divided into seven deaneries (Norwegian: Prosti). Each one corresponds to several municipalities in the diocese. Each municipality is further divided into one or more parishes which each contain one or more congregations. See each municipality below for lists of churches and parishes within them.
|Molde domprosti||Aukra, Hustadvika, Molde|
|Søre Sunnmøre prosti||Hareid, Herøy, Sande, Ulstein, Vanylven, Volda, Ørsta|
|Austre Sunnmøre prosti||Fjord, Stranda, Sykkylven|
|Nordre Sunnmøre prosti||Ålesund, Giske, Sula|
|Indre Romsdal prosti||Rauma, Vestnes|
|Ytre Nordmøre prosti||Aure, Averøy, Kristiansund, Smøla|
|Indre Nordmøre prosti||Gjemnes, Sunndal, Surnadal, Tingvoll|
The following people have led the diocese as bishop since the founding of the diocese:
The name of the diocese (Møre) is the result of a compromise between county's three districts. Sunnmøre, with almost half of the population, would accept that the bishop be located in the geographical center of the diocese—Molde in Romsdal—if that region's name (Romsdal) be excluded from the name of the diocese.
The name of the corresponding county was Møre fylke during the period from 1919–1935, and Romsdal amt from 1660–1919. However, the name is old (Old Norse: Mœrr), and it is probably derived from the word marr which means "ocean" or "sea". The meaning is then "coastal district". (A coastal district in Sweden has the same name: Möre.)
The ambiguous designation møring—"person from Møre"—is used strictly about people from Nordmøre (and less frequently for people from Sunnmøre), excluding the people from Romsdal (while, consequently, romsdaling—"person from Romsdal"— is used about the latter).
- Official website of the diocese (in Norwegian)