Roman Catholic Diocese of Münster

Diocese of Münster
Dioecesis Monasteriensis
Bistum Münster (German)

Diocese of Münster in Germany
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical province Cologne
Metropolitan Cologne
Area 15,268 km2 (5,895 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
1,953,081 (45.1%)
Parishes 304
Established 800
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Paul
Secular priests 1,129
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Felix Genn
Metropolitan Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki
Auxiliary Bishops
  • Dieter Geerlings
  • Christoph Hegge
  • Wilfried Theising
  • Stefan Zekorn
Emeritus Bishops

The Diocese of Münster is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany.[1][2] It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Cologne. Bishop Felix Genn is the current Bishop of the Diocese of Münster. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 11, 1976 and was appointed to the See of Münster on December 19, 2008.


As of 31 Dec. 2006, with 4.336 million adherents or 47.1% of local population, nearly half the inhabitants of the Münster diocese were Roman Catholic; due to continuing securalisation, this a decreased percentage compared to earlier periods. Sunday mass attendance reflects this decline over the course of three decades. Per the diocesan website: in 2005, 13.6% Roman Catholics attended Sunday mass; in 2004, this was 14.5%. A decade earlier, in 1995, Sunday mass attendance was about 20% (416,406 churchgoers); in 1985, Sunday mass attendance was 29.3% (614,839 Roman Catholics); and, in 1975, Sunday mass attendance was 35.1% or 787,582 persons. Over a 30-year period, Sunday mass attendance declined over 50%.

As of 18 July 2013, there were 1,129 priests, 296 permanent deacons, and 2,540 religious in the diocese.[3]


The diocese was canonically erected in 800 by Pope Leo III. It lost territory on February 23, 1957 to the newly established Diocese of Essen.


Bishops till 1181


Bishops since 1820

Auxiliary bishops

See also

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diocese of Münster.


  1. "Diocese of Münster David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. "Diocese of Münster" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. Vatican Information Service July 18, 2007
  4. "Bishop Dietrich Schenk, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. "Bishop Johann Christiani von Schleppegrell, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved June 12, 2016
  6. "Bishop Johannes Wennecker, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. "Bishop Weribold von Heys, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. "Bishop Johannes Ymminck, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  9. "Bishop Heinrich Schodehoet, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 5, 2016
  10. "Bishop Heinrich Schodehoet, O.E.S.A." Gabriel Chow. Retrieved September 5, 2016
  11. "Bishop Johannes Meppen, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016

Coordinates: 51°57′47″N 7°37′32″E / 51.96306°N 7.62556°E / 51.96306; 7.62556

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