Diocese of Duvno

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The Diocese of Duvno (Latin: Dioecesis Dumnensis or Dioecesis Dalminiensis) was a Latin rite diocese of the Catholic Church that was established in the 14th century with a seat in present-day Tomislavgrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the late 17th century onwards, it was administered by the bishops of Makarska, though by the 19th century it was only a titular see. On 5 July 1881 Pope Leo XIII incorporated it into the newly established Diocese of Mostar-Duvno. Its last titular bishop was Cyryl Lubowidzki, who held the title until 1897, when it was formally suppressed.

  Diocese of Duvno in the 15th century


Christianisation of the area around ancient Delminium intensified during the Late Antique period, especially in the area of Buško Blato, connecting major cities in the region including Salona, Argentarium, and Sirmium. There were four basilicas in the area of Buško Blato; these were located in present-day Prisoje, Bukova Gora, Podgradina, and Vinica. Closer to present-day Tomislavgrad were four antique churches in Crvenice, Borčani, and Karaula in Tomislavgrad. There was also one ancient church in Šuica.[1]

Delminium was unable to recover after the Barbarian Invasion and is not mentioned in the early Medieval sources.[2] Contrary to a number of historians' previously-held belief that there was an ancient diocese with a seat in Delminium, Ante Škegro argues that there was no such diocese. The confusion came with a misinterpretation of a document from the Second Council of Salona of 533. The document supposedly referred to a bishop in the area of delmensis, which was identified with Delminium, but it actually made reference to the Dalmatian Hinterland.[3]

Pope Clement V established the diocese in the 14th century and regularly appointed bishops until 1663 [4] when its territory merged into the Diocese of Makarska. The last bishop, Mihalj Jahnn, the Czech Franciscan, found a land and Christian population which had been devastated.[4]

On 24 March 1846, the Apostolic Vicariate of Herzegovina was founded when it separated from the Apostolic Vicariate of Bosnia and from the Diocese of Dubrovnik. The vicariate encompassed the area of the former Diocese of Duvno.

Regular ecclesiastical hierarchy was restored in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1881. Duvno was located within the boundaries of the Mostar diocese, so the bishop of Mostar adopted the titles "Bishop of Duvno" and "Bishop of Mostar-Duvno" in order to maintain the memory of the Duvno Diocese.[5]

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

Bishops of Duvno
From Until Incumbent Notes
24 March 1317 unknown John of Hoio, OCist
1337 1345 Madius
20 June 1345 unknown John, OCist
1347 unknown Guerino of Zadar
1355 1370 Stephen
1370 unknown Simon
c. 1383 1394 John
7 September 1394 unknown Peter Tilikonis, OFM
c. 1406 21 October 1412 George, OFM Translated to the Diocese of Hvar in 1412.
1412 1419 George
15 September 1419 unknown Blaise of Navarra, OFM
c. 1426 1433 Nicholas
27 July 1433 1439 Hugo Fornetus
22 April 1439 1459 Jeronim Trogiranin, OFM
2 January 1460 1464 Nikola Zadranin, OFM
1489 1495 Vid de Ruscis, OFM
26 January 1507 1514 Tomás de Córdoba, OESA
8 August 1514 12 October 1520 Alvaro Salas Sánchez, OESA
1520 unknown Andrija Klement de Turrecremata, OFM
after 1520 before 1536 Luca di Seriate Titular bishop of Duvno and suffragan of Cardinal Benedetto Accolti
14 July 1536 1551 Nikola de Berganicio
2 December 1551 1557 Daniel Vocatius, OFM Translated to the Diocese of Sigüenza in Spain probably in 1563.
unknown 1590 Daniel Vladimirović Neretvanin Martyred in Ljubuški
1597 1606 Nikola Ugrinović
30 August 1610 6 October 1625 Alfonso de Requeséns Fenollet Also Bishop of Risano. Translated to the Diocese of Barbastro in 1625.
30 August 1627 unknown Vincenzo Zucconi Bishop of Risano.
31 July 1645 24 July 1647 Marijan Maravić, OFM Translated to the Diocese of Bosnia in 1647.
1654 unknown Mijo Janković, OFM
25 October 1655 1656 Pavao Posilović, OFM Also Bishop of Skradin (1642-1657)
14 January 1658 1665 Mihalj Jahnn, OFM
11 February 1664 7 March 1686 Marijan Lišnjić, OFM Apostolic administrator and bishop of Makarska
19 December 1689 10 August 1730 Nikola Bijanković, CO Apostolic administrator and bishop of Makarska.
24 September 1731 November 1776 Stjepan Blašković, CO Apostolic administrator and bishop of Makarska. In dispute with the apostolic vicars of Bosnia (established in 1735), bishop Mate Delivić, OFM and Pavao Dragičević, OFM, over the jurisdiction in Duvno.
15 December 1740 14 February 1773 Pavao Dragičević, OFM Appointed Bishop of Duvno on 15 December 1740, also served as Apostolic Vicar of Bosnia (1740–1766).
22 December 1800 1807 Silvestro Scarani Italian. Titular Bishop. Auxiliary Bishop of Ostia–Velletri
23 September 1816 7 October 1817 Francesco Maria Biordi Italian. Titular Bishop.
25 May 1818 3 May 1824 Joseph Chrysostomus Pauer Austrian. Titular Bishop. Military vicar of Austria, later served as Bishop of Sankt Pölten.
9 April 1827 6 February 1836 Franciszek Pawłowski Polish. Titular Bishop. Auxiliary Bishop of Warszawa, Coadjutor Bishop of Płock, and later Bishop of Płock.
6 April 1835 24 April 1848 Johann Aloys Hoffmann Austrian. Titular Bishop. Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg.
20 May 1850 19 October 1868 Balthasar Schitter Austrian. Titular Bishop. Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg.
1868 1870 Josip Mihalović Hungarian. Titular Bishop. Archbishop of Zagreb and later a cardinal.
7 September 1874 18 January 1884 Dominic Manucy American. Titular Bishop. Vicar Apostolic of Brownsville, later Bishop of Mobile and again Vicar Apostolic of Brownville, Titular Bishop of Maroneia.
24 March 1884 2 August 1897 Cyryl Lubowidzki Polish. Titular Bishop. Auxiliary Bishop of Kyiv–Černihiv, later Bishop of Lutsk and Zytomierz and Apostolic Administrator of Kamyanets-Podilsky.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Škegro 2007, p. 283–285.
  2. ^ Škegro 2007, p. 285.
  3. ^ Škegro 2007, p. 286.
  4. ^ a b "Duvanjska biskupija". Proleksis enciklopedija. Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography. Retrieved 3 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Leo XIII, Ex hac augusta
  6. ^ "Diocese of Mostar-Duvno". gcatholic.org. GCatholic.org. Retrieved 3 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)



  • Škegro, Ante (2007). "The Alleged Diocese of Delminium". Opvscvla archaeologica. 31 (1): 283–302.

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