Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Germany - Defunct Dioceses Comprised in The Vicariate

Defunct Dioceses Comprised in The Vicariate

On its establishment the Apostolic Vicariate comprised first only the Diocese of Minden. The other former Catholic dioceses followed at three later dates (given in the list). The date in the second column refers to the year, when last time a catholic bishop could effectively wield his pontificate, not an eventual later appointment or continued titulature in exile. Some last Catholic bishops (like in Minden and Verden) had already been preceded by Lutheran incumbents.

The list below records the bishoprics whose diocesan areas fell under the jurisdiction of the Nordic Missions (renamed into Nordic Missions of Northern Germany on 7 August 1868 on the occasion of completing separate jurisdictions for all of Scandinavia). The list shows when the various diocesan areas left the (and eventually returned to the) jurisdiction of the Nordic Missions, to which Roman Catholic jurisdictions the areas used to belong afterwards, and to which jurisdictions they belong today. Today the areas of some defunct dioceses are partitioned among several modern dioceses. By clicking on the buttons the list can be ordered along the categories given in each column. The list does not claim to record the correct affiliations for every area of the former dioceses.

Diocese (D)/ Archdiocese (A) Last Catholic episcopate ended in Jurisdiction by Northern Missions Later jurisdiction(s)
Today's jurisdiction(s) Pre-Reformation ecclesiastical province; remarks
Minden (D) 1648 1667–1709, and again
1780–1821
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780 Paderborn (D/A ) since 1821 Cologne !Minden was suffragan to Cologne (A)
Halberstadt (D) 1552 1669–1709, and again
1780–1821
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Paderborn (D/A ) 1821–1994
Magdeburg (D) since 1994 Mainz !Halberstadt was suffragan to Mainz (A)
Verden (D) 1631 1669–1709, and again
1780–1821/24
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Paderborn (D/A ) 1821–1994
Hildesheim (D) since 1824
Magdeburg (D) since 1994
Mainz !Verden was suffragan to Mainz (A)
Bremen (A) 1566 1670–1821/24, partially till 1868 and 1930 Schleswig-Holstein (AP) 1868–1930
Osnabrück (D) 1930–1994
Hildesheim (D) since 1824
Osnabrück (D) since 1930
Münster (D) since 1821
Hamburg (A) since 1994
Bremen !Bremen's former diocesan area is partitioned between four dioceses
Lubeck !Lübeck (D) 1561 1670–1930 Osnabrück (D) 1930–1994 Hamburg (A) since 1994 Bremen Lubeck !Lübeck was suffragan to Bremen (A)
Ratzeburg (D) 1554 1670–1930 Osnabrück (D) 1930–1994 Hamburg (A) since 1994 Bremen Ratzeburg !Ratzeburg was suffragan to Bremen (A)
Schwerin (D) 1533 1670–1930 Osnabrück (D) 1930–1994 Hamburg (A) since 1994 Bremen Schwerin !Schwerin was suffragan to Bremen (A)
Magdeburg (A) 1552 1670–1709, and again
1780–1821, Anhalt till
1825
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Paderborn (D/A ) 1821–1994
Anhalt (AV) 1825–1921
Paderborn (D/A ) 1921–1994
Magdeburg (D) since 1994 Magdeburg !Magdeburg was reestablished as diocese in 1994
Brandenburg (D) 1539 1670–1709, and again
1780–1821
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Breslau's (D) Prince-Episcopal Delegation for Brandenburg and Pomerania 1821–1930
Berlin (D/A ) since 1930 Magdeburg Brandenburg !Brandenburg was suffragan to Magdeburg (A)
Havelberg (D) 1548 1670–1709, and again
1780–1821
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Breslau's (D) Prince-Episcopal Delegation for Brandenburg and Pomerania 1821–1930
Berlin (D/A ) since 1930 Magdeburg Havelberg !Havelberg was suffragan to Magdeburg (A)
Lebus (D) 1555 1670–1709, and again
1780–1821
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Breslau's (D) Prince-Episcopal Delegation for Brandenburg and Pomerania 1821–1930
Berlin (D) 1930–1951
Cammin, Lebus and Schneidemühl Prelature (AA) 1951–1972
Berlin (D/A ) since 1930
(Zielona Góra-)Gorzów (D) since 1972
Magdeburg Lebus !Lebus was suffragan to Magdeburg (A)
Merseburg (D) 1544 1670–1709 Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1743
Saxon Hereditary Lands (AV) 1743–1921
Saxon Hereditary Lands (AV) 1743–1821
Paderborn (D/A ) 1821–1994
Meissen !(Dresden-)Meissen (D) since 1921
Magdeburg (D) since 1994
Magdeburg Merseburg !Merseburg was suffragan to Magdeburg (A)
Naumburg (D) 1564 1670–1709 Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1743
Saxon Hereditary Lands (AV) 1743–1921
Saxon Hereditary Lands (AV) 1743–1821
Paderborn (D/A ) 1821–1994
Meissen !(Dresden-)Meissen (D) since 1921
Magdeburg (D) since 1994
Magdeburg Naumburg !Naumburg was suffragan to Magdeburg (A)
Cammin (D) 1544 1688–1709, and again
1780–1821, M.-Strelitz till
1930
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1780
Breslau's (D) Prince-Episcopal Delegation for Brandenburg and Pomerania 1821–1930
Berlin (D) 1930–1951
Cammin, Lebus and Schneidemühl Prelature (AA) 1951–1972
Osnabrück (D) 1930–1994
Berlin (D/A ) since 1930
Szczecin-Kamień (D/A ) since 1972
Koszalin-Kołobrzeg (D) since 1972
Hamburg (A) since 1994
Cammin was an exempt diocese since 1140
Lund (A) 1536 1688–1783, Bornholm till 1868 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953
Denmark (AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Stockholm (D) since 1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953
Lund !Lund was suffragan to Bremen till 1104, then elevated to archdiocese
Aarhus (D) 1536 1688–1868 Denmark (AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Lund Aarhus !Aarhus was suffragan to Lund
Borglum !Børglum (D) 1536 1688–1868 Denmark (AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Lund Borglum !Børglum was suffragan to Lund
Odense (D) 1529 1688–1868 Denmark AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Lund Odense !Odense was suffragan to Lund
Ribe (D) 1536 1688–1868 Denmark (AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Lund Ribe !Ribe was suffragan to Lund
Roskilde (D) 1529 1688–1868, Rügen only till 1821 Denmark (AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Breslau's (D) Prince-Episcopal Delegation for Brandenburg and Pomerania 1821–1930
Copenhagen (D) since 1953
Berlin (D/A ) since 1930
Lund Roskilde !Roskilde was suffragan to Lund
Schleswig (D) 1542 1688–1868 Schleswig-Holstein (AP) 1868–1920
Schleswig-Holstein (AP) 1920–1930
Osnabrück (D) 1930–1994
Denmark (AV) 1920–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953
Hamburg (A) since 1994
Lund Schleswig !Schleswig was suffragan to Lund
Viborg (D) 1536 1688–1868 Denmark (AP) 1868–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Lund Viborg !Viborg was suffragan to Lund
Meissen (D) 1559/1581 1688–1709 Meissen (AA) 1560–1567
Upper Lusatia (AP) 1567–1921
Upper and Lower Saxony (AV) 1709–1743
Saxon Hereditary Lands (AV) 1743–1921
Breslau (D/A ) 1821–1972
Görlitz (AA) 1972–1994
Meissen !(Dresden-)Meissen (D) since 1921
Görlitz (D) since 1994
Meissen was an exempt diocese (1399–1560), and since re-establishment in 1921, renamed to Dresden-Meissen in 1980, it is suffragan to Berlin (A) since 1994.
Trondheim (A) 1546 1688–1834 Sweden (AV) 1834–1855
North Pole (AP) 1855–1869
Sweden (AV) 1855–1868
Norway (AP) 1868–1892
Norway (AV) 1892–1931
Missionary District of Central Norway 1931–1935
Central Norway (AP) 1935–1953
Central Norway (AV) 1953–1979
Missionary District of Northern Norway 1931–1944
Northern Norway (AP) 1944–1955
Northern Norway (AV) 1955–1979
Trondheim (TP) since 1979
Tromsø (TP) since 1979
Trondheim !Originally called Nidaros, it was suffragan to Bremen till 1104, then of Lund, and elevated to archdiocese in 1152
Bergen (D) 1535 1688–1834 Sweden (AV) 1834–1868
Norway (AP) 1868–1892
Norway (AV) 1892–1931
Oslo (AV) 1931–1953
Oslo (D) since 1953 Trondheim Bergen !Bergen was suffragan to Trondheim
Faroe (D) 1538 1688–1855 North Pole (AP) 1855–1869
Denmark (AP) 1869–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Trondheim Faroe !Faroe diocese was suffragan to Trondheim
Garðar (D) 1537 1688–1855 North Pole (AP) 1855–1869
Denmark (AP) 1869–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1953
Copenhagen (D) since 1953 Trondheim Gardar !Garðar was suffragan to Trondheim
Hamar (D) 1537 1688–1834 Sweden (AV) 1834–1868
Norway (AP) 1868–1892
Norway (AV) 1892–1931
Oslo (AV) 1931–1953
Oslo (D) since 1953 Trondheim Hamar !Hamar was suffragan to Trondheim
Holar !Hólar (D) 1550 1688–1855 North Pole (AP) 1855–1869
Denmark (AP) 1869–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1923
Iceland (AP) 1923–1929
Iceland (AA) 1929–1968.
Reykjavík (D) since 1968 Trondheim Holar !Hólar was suffragan to Trondheim
Oslo (D) 1537 1688–1834 Sweden (AV) 1834–1868
Norway (AP) 1868–1892
Norway (AV) 1892–1931
Oslo (AV) 1931–1953
Oslo (D) since 1953 Trondheim Oslo !Ancient Oslo was suffragan to Trondheim, modern Oslo is exempt
Skalholt !Skálholt (D) 1541 1688–1855 North Pole (AP) 1855–1869
Denmark (AP) 1869–1892
Denmark (AV) 1892–1923
Iceland (AP) 1923–1929
Iceland (AA) 1929–1968.
Reykjavík (D) since 1968 Trondheim Skalholt !Skálholt was suffragan to Trondheim
Stavanger (D) 1537 1688–1834 Sweden (AV) 1834–1868
Norway (AP) 1868–1892
Norway (AV) 1892–1931
Oslo (AV) 1931–1953
Oslo (D) since 1953 Trondheim Stavanger !Stavanger was suffragan to Trondheim
Uppsala (A) 1524 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953 Stockholm (D) since 1953 Uppsala !Uppsala was suffragan to Lund till 1164, then elevated to archdiocese
Abo !Åbo (D)
(Finnish: Turku)
1550 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1809
Mohilev (A) 1809–1920
Finland (AV) 1920–1955
Helsinki (D) since 1955 Uppsala Abo !Åbo was suffragan to Uppsala (A)
Linköping (D) 1527 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953 Stockholm (D) since 1953 Uppsala Linköping !Linköping was suffragan to Uppsala (A)
Skara (D) 1521 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953 Stockholm (D) since 1953 Uppsala Skara !Skara was suffragan to Uppsala (A)
Strangnas !Strängnäs (D) 1536 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953 Stockholm (D) since 1953 Uppsala Strangnas !Strängnäs was suffragan to Uppsala (A)
Vasteras !Västerås (D) 1534 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953 Stockholm (D) since 1953 Uppsala Vasteras !Västerås was suffragan to Uppsala (A)
Vaxjo !Växjö (D) 1530 1688–1783 Sweden (AV) 1783–1953 Stockholm (D) since 1953 Uppsala Vaxjo !Växjö was suffragan to Uppsala (A)

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