Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Katowice

The Archdiocese of Katowice (Latin: Katovicen(sis)) is the Latin Metropolitan archdiocese of an ecclesiastical province in Western Poland.

Archdiocese of Katowice

Archidioecesis Katovicensis

Archidiecezja Katowicka
Cathedral in Katowice.jpg
Location
Country Poland
Ecclesiastical provinceKatowice
Statistics
Area2,400 km2 (930 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2013)
1,520,900
1,477,900 (97.2%)
Information
RiteLatin Rite
CathedralCathedral of Christ the King, Katowice
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
Metropolitan ArchbishopWiktor Skworc
Auxiliary BishopsMarek Szkudło
Adam Wodarczyk
Grzegorz Olszowski
Bishops emeritusDamian Zimoń
Website
Website of the Archdiocese

Special churchesEdit

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is Archikatedra Chrystusa Króla, dedicated to Christ the King, in the city of Katowice, Śląskie.

It has several Minor basilicas :

  • Bazylika św. Ludwika Króla i Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Marii Panny, also in Katowice
  • Bazylika Narodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny (Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Uśmiechniętej), in Pszów
  • Bazylika NMP i św. Bartłomieja Apostoła (Sanktuarium Matki Sprawiedliwości i Miłości Społecznej), in Piekary Śląskie
  • Bazylika św. Antoniego Padewskiego, in Rybnik.

ProvinceEdit

Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own Archdiocese and these Suffragan bishoprics :

HistoryEdit

On 7 November 1922, the Holy See disentangled the Roman Catholic parishes in the Polish Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship, territorially comprising the East of formerly Austrian Cieszyn Silesia (since 1918) and formerly German East Upper Silesia (since 1922) from the then Diocese of Breslau as a permanent Apostolic Administration of Upper Silesia on 17 December the same year.

StatisticsEdit

As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,448,500 Catholics (97.4% of 1,487,500 total) on 2,400 km² in 319 parishes and 6 missions with 1,088 priests (963 diocesan, 125 religious), 1 deacon, 1,005 lay religious (189 brothers, 816 sisters) and 117 seminarians.

 
Archbishop Wiktor Skworc

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

(all Latin Rite)

Apostolic Administrator of Upper Silesia
  • August Hlond, Salesians (S.D.B.) (1922.11.07 – 1925.10.28 see below)
Suffragan Bishops of Katowice
  • August Hlond (see above 1925.12.14 – 1926.06.24), also President of Episcopal Conference of Poland (1926 – 1948.10.22), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Gniezno–Poznan (Poland) (1926.06.24 – 1948.10.22), created Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Pace (1927.12.22 – 1948.10.22), Founder of Society of Christ for Polish Immigrants (1932.09.08), Metropolitan Archbishop of Warszawa (Poland) (1946.06.13 – death 1948.10.22)
  • Arkadiusz Lisiecki (1926.06.24 – death 1930.05.13)
  • Stanisław Adamski (1930.09.02 – death 1967.11.12)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Teofilo Bromboszcz (1934.03.24 – death 1937.01.12), Titular Bishop of Candyba (1934.03.24 – 1937.01.12)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Juliusz Bieniek (1937.03.13 – death 1978.01.17), Titular Bishop of Dascylium (1937.03.13 – 1978.01.17)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Józef Kurpas (1962.11.23 – death 1992.05.19)Titular Bishop of Orisa (1962.11.23 – 1992.05.19)
  • Herbert Bednorz (1967.11.12 – retired 1983), succeeding as former Coadjutor Bishop of Katowice (1950.05.04 – 1967.11.12) & Titular Bishop of Bulla regia (1950.05.04 – 1967.11.12)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Czesław Domin (1970.06.06 – 1992.02.01), Titular Bishop of Dagnum (1970.06.06 – 1992.02.01), later Bishop of Koszalin–Kołobrzeg (Poland) (1992.02.01 – death 1996.03.15)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Janusz Edmund Zimniak (1980.09.25 – 1992.03.25), Titular Bishop of Polignano (1980.09.25 – ...), next as Auxiliary Bishop of Bielsko–Żywiec (Poland) (1992.03.25 – retired 2010.01.16)
  • Damian Zimoń (1985.06.03 – see promotion 1992.03.25 see below)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Katowice
  • Damian Zimoń (see above 1992.03.25 – retired 2011.10.29)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Piotr Libera (1996.11.23 – 2007.05.02), Titular Bishop of Centuria (1996.11.23 – 2007.05.02), also Secretary General of Episcopal Conference of Poland (1998 – 2007); later Bishop of Płock (Poland) (2007.05.02 – ...)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Stefan Cichy (1998.08.26 – 2005.03.19), Titular Bishop of Bonusta (1998.08.26 – 2005.03.19), later Bishop of Legnica (Poland) (2005.03.19 – 2014.04.16)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Józef Piotr Kupny (2005.12.21 – 2013.05.18), Titular Bishop of Vanariona (2005.12.21 – 2013.05.18), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Wrocław (Breslau, Poland) (2013.05.18 – ...)
  • Wiktor Skworc (2011.10.29 – ...), formerly Bishop of Tarnów (Poland) (1997.12.13 – 2011.10.29)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Marek Szkudło (2014.12.13 – ...), Titular Bishop of Wigry (2014.12.13 – ...)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Adam Wodarczyk (2014.12.13 – ...), Titular Bishop of Pomezania (2014.12.13 – ...).

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Coordinates: 50°15′02″N 19°01′08″E / 50.25056°N 19.01889°E / 50.25056; 19.01889