Rrok Kolë Mirdita (September 28, 1939 – December 7, 2015) was the Catholic Archbishop of Durrës-Tirana, and the Primate of Albania.[1]

His Excellency

Rrok Kolë Mirdita
Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës
Primate of Albania
ChurchRoman Catholic
ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës
Appointed25 December 1992
Installed25 April 1993
Term ended7 December 2015
PredecessorNikollë Vinçenc Prennushi
Ordination2 July 1965
by Aleksandar Tokic
Consecration25 April 1993
by Pope John Paul II
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born(1939-09-28)September 28, 1939
Klezna, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (present day Montenegro)
DiedDecember 7, 2015(2015-12-07) (aged 76)
Tirana, Albania
MottoUt omnes unum sint
Styles of
Rrok Mirdita
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor
Posthumous stylenone


He was ordained a priest on July 2, 1965, aged 25, and served in ethnic Albanian parishes in Bronx and Westchester counties of New York.

On December 25, 1992, aged 53, he was appointed the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës and consecrated on April 25, 1993, by Pope John Paul II and Cardinals Camillo Ruini and Jozef Tomko, along with three other bishops (Zef Simoni, Frano Illia and Robert Ashta) during the Pope's pastoral visit to Albania. Mirdita was the President of Albanian Bishops Conference and the Chairman of Caritas Albania.[citation needed]

On his initiative St. Paul's Cathedral was built in Tirana. Its triangular architecture, according to the Archbishop's idea, symbolizes the cohabitation of Islam, Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism in Albania. The first Holy Mass in the new cathedral was celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican's Secretary of State, and Archbishop Mirdita on January 27, 2002. The Archbishop's house was built next to the Orthodox cathedral and at Christmas 1999, Mirdita and the Orthodox Archbishop Anastasios (Anastas) greeted parishioners together.[citation needed] Rrok Mirdita was an Honorary Citizen of Tirana, Albania.

He died at Mother Teresa Hospital in Tirana on 7 December 2015.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Rrok Mirdita, me një histori të gjatë me Nju Jorkun, ka qenë simbol i unifikimit të katolikëve të Treshtetshit - New York-New Jersey-Connecticut". Bota Sot.

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Catholic Church titles
New title Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës
1993 – 2015