Roman Catholic Diocese of Alessano

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Alessano (Latin: Dioecesis Alexanensis) was a Roman Catholic diocese in Italy, located in the city of Alessano, in the province of Lecce, part of Apulia region of south-east Italy. On 28 June 1818, it was suppressed to the Diocese of Ugento.[1][2]

Ecclesiastical historyEdit

Although an episcopal see of Alessano (Latin: Alexanum) may date from around 700 AD or was probably established under Norman rule around 900 AD, but the regular succession of its bishops began only in 1283 with a Giovanni from Naples. Until the 16th century, papal bulls regarding the bishopric called it either Alexanum or Leuca. It was a suffragan of the Metropolitan of Otranto.

On 17 May 1518, it was suppressed, its territory being merged into the diocese of Lecce under Bishop Giovanni Antonio Acquaviva d'Aragona, but it was restored on 3 June 1521.

Byzantine liturgical usages continued to be observed until abolished by Bishop Ercole Lamia (1578–1591).[3][4]

The existence of the residential see was ended by the papal bull De utiliori of 27 June 1818 of Pope Pius VII, which assigned its territory to the then diocese of Ugento.[5]

OrdinariesEdit

Diocese of AlessanoEdit

700: Established as Diocese of Alessano[2]

17 May 1518: Suppressed and merged into the Diocese of Lecce

3 June 1521: Reestablished again as Diocese of Alessano

1818 June 27: Suppressed to the Diocese of Ugento[2]

1968: Restored as Titular Episcopal See of Alessano[2]

Titular seeEdit

The bishopric of Alexanum is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see,[31] having been nominally restored in 1968 as a titular bishopric.

It has had the following incumbents, of the lowest (episcopal) class, except the first and the latest (who were granted the Personal Title and rank of Archbishop) :

  • Titular Archbishop Tomás Alberto Clavel Méndez (1968.12.18 – 1978.02.21), as emeritate[clarification needed]; previously Bishop of David (Panama) (1955.07.24 – 1964.03.03), President of Episcopal Conference of Panama (1964–1967), President of Episcopal Secretariat of Central America and Panama (1964–1971), Metropolitan Archbishop of Panamá (Panama) (1964.03.03 – 1968.12.18)
  • Titular Bishop William Russell Houck (1979.03.28 – 1984.04.11)
  • Titular Bishop Hernán Giraldo Jaramillo (1984.06.27 – 1987.07.07)
  • Titular Bishop Natalino Pescarolo (1990.04.07 – 1992.05.04)
  • Titular Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan (林吉男) (1992.09.28 – 2004.01.24)
  • Titular Archbishop Michael A. Blume, Divine Word Missionaries (S.V.D.) (2005.08.24 – ...), Apostolic Nuncio (papal ambassador) to Uganda

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Diocese of Alessano" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  2. ^ a b c d "Titular Episcopal See of Alessano" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 14, 2016
  3. ^ Gaetano Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica da S. Pietro sino ai nostri giorni, vol. LXXXIII, Venice 1857, pp. 5–8
  4. ^ Giuseppe Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia dalla loro origine sino ai nostri giorni, Venice 1864, vol. XIX, pp. 322–326
  5. ^ Bolla De utiliori, in Bullarii romani continuatio, Vol. XV, Rome 1853, pp. 56–61
  6. ^ Eubel, Konrad (1913). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol I (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. pp. 83. (in Latin)
  7. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Sanfelice" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved May 10, 2017
  8. ^ "Bishop Benedetto del Balzo" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Giacomo del Balzo" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  10. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Antonio Acquaviva d'Aragona" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  11. ^ "Bishop Francesco Antonio Balduini" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  12. ^ "Bishop Benedetto de Sanctis" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  13. ^ "Bishop Evangelista Cittadini" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  14. ^ "Bishop Annibale Magalotti" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  15. ^ "Bishop Leonardo de Magistris" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  16. ^ "Bishop Giulio Galletti" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  17. ^ "Bishop Giacomo Galletti" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  18. ^ "Archbishop Caesar Busdragus" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  19. ^ "Bishop Ercole Lamia" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  20. ^ "Bishop Settimio Borsari" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice) (1935). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. Münster: Libraria Regensbergiana. p. 77. (in Latin)
  22. ^ "Bishop Sextilius Mazuca (Massuca)" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  23. ^ "Bishop Horatius Raparius" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  24. ^ "Bishop Giulio Doffius, O.P." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  25. ^ "Bishop Celso Mancini" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  26. ^ "Bishop Nicola Antonio Spinelli, C.R." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  27. ^ "Bishop Placido Padiglia, O.S.B." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 4, 2017
  28. ^ "Bishop Francesco Antonio Roberti" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  29. ^ "Archbishop Giovanni Granafei" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  30. ^ "Bishop Vincenzo della Marra, C.R.L." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  31. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 829

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