Diocese of

Basel

Switzerland Switzerland

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Continent: West Europe

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Basel (Deutsch) / Bâle (français) / Basilea (Italiano) / Basileen(sis) (Latin)

Immediately subject to the Holy See

Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops

Notes: United æque principaliter with Lugano 1888.09.07– 1971.03.08

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Saint Ursus von Solothurn and Saint Victor von Solothurn (September 30)

Liturgical Calendar (National) 📅

History

Papal Visits

Present Prelates

Bishop (2010.11.23 – ...):Bishop Felix Gmür (58)Bishop Felix Gmür (58)

President of Conference of Bishops of Switzerland

Auxiliary Bishop (2022.12.20 – ...):Bishop Josef Stübi (63)Bishop Josef Stübi (63)

Titular Bishop of Lemellefa

Ordinaries

Bishops of Basel (Roman Rite)

Bishop Felix Gmür (58)Bishop Felix Gmür (58)
(2010.11.23 – ...)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland)
President of Conference of Bishops of Switzerland

Intellegentes quæ sit voluntas Dei

Born:1966.06.07 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1999.05.30
Consecrated Bishop:2011.01.16

Priest of Basel (Switzerland) (1999.05.30 – 2010.11.23)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (2010.11.23 – ...)

Vice-President of Conference of Bishops of Switzerland (2016.01.01 – 2019.01.01)

President of Conference of Bishops of Switzerland (2019.01.01 – ...)

Cardinal Kurt Koch (74)Cardinal Kurt Koch (74)
(Apostolic Administrator 2010.07.01 – 2010.11.23)

Cardinal Kurt Koch (74)Bishop Kurt Koch (74) (later Cardinal)
(1995.12.06 – 2010.07.01)

Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore pro hac vice Title
Prefect of Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity
President of Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
Bishop emeritus of Basel (Switzerland)

Ut sit in omnibus Christus primatum tenens / Christus hat in allem den Vorrang

Born:1950.03.15 (Emmenbrücke, Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1982.06.20
Consecrated Bishop:1996.01.06
Created Cardinal:2010.11.20

Priest of Basel (Switzerland) (1982.06.20 – 1995.12.06)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1995.08.21] 1995.12.06 – 2010.07.01)

President of Conference of Bishops of Switzerland (2006 – 2009)

Archbishop ad personam (2010.07.01 – 2010.11.20)

Apostolic Administrator of Basel (Switzerland) (2010.07.01 – 2010.11.23)

Prefect of Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity (2010.07.01 – ...)

President of Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (2010.07.01 – ...)

Cardinal-Deacon of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore (2010.11.20 [2011.01.01] – 2021.05.03)

Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore pro hac vice Title (2021.05.03 – ...)

Bishop Hansjörg Vogel (later Mr.)
(1994.02.03 – 1995.06.02)

Born:1951.03.16 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1976.11.28
Consecrated Bishop:1994.04.04

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1994.01.14] 1994.02.03 – 1995.06.02)

Lay state (1995.06.02)

Bishop Otto Wüst
(1982.09.21 – 1993.10.26)

Im dienst an eurer freude

Born:1926.05.26 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1953.10.10
Consecrated Bishop:1976.02.01
Died:2002.08.19 († 76)

Titular Bishop of Tubia (1975.11.27 – 1982.09.21)

Auxiliary Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1975.11.27 – 1982.09.21)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1982.09.02] 1982.09.21 – 1993.10.26)

Bishop Anton Hänggi
(1967.12.20 – 1982.06.21)

Ut unum sint

Born:1917.01.15 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1941.07.02
Consecrated Bishop:1968.02.11
Died:1994.06.21 († 77)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1967.12.04] 1967.12.20 – 1982.06.21)

President of Conference of Bishops of Switzerland (1976 – 1977)

Bishop Franz von Streng
(1936.11.30 – 1967.11.03)

Born:1884.02.27 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1908.07.12
Consecrated Bishop:1937.01.24
Died:1970.08.07 († 86)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1936.11.17] 1936.11.30 – 1967.11.03)

Titular Bishop of Obbi (1967.11.03 – 1970.08.07)

Bishop Joseph Ambühl
(1925.06.30 – 1936.10.17)

Born:1873.01.03 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1898.06.25
Consecrated Bishop:1925.09.27
Died:1936.10.17 († 63)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1925.06.02] 1925.06.30 – 1936.10.17)

Bishop Jakobus von Stammler
(1906.07.31 – 1925.04.13)

Born:1840.06.02 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1863.07.19
Consecrated Bishop:1906.09.30
Died:1925.04.13 († 84)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1906.07.04] 1906.07.31 – 1925.04.13)

Bishop Leonhard Haas
(1888.09.28 – 1906.05.14)

Born:1833.10.25 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1858.03.26
Consecrated Bishop:1888.10.18
Died:1906.05.14 († 72)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1888.07.11] 1888.09.28 – 1906.05.14)

Bishop Friedrich Xaver Odo Fiala
(1885.01.19 – 1888.05.24)

Born:1817.07.21 (Vanuatu)
Ordained Priest:1841.05.23
Consecrated Bishop:1885.05.17
Died:1888.05.24 († 70)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1885.01.19 – 1888.05.24)

Bishop Eugenio Lachat, C.PP.S. (later Archbishop)
(1863.09.28 – 1884.12.18)

Suaviter ac fortiter

Born:1819.10.14 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1842.09.24
Consecrated Bishop:1863.11.30
Died:1886.11.01 († 67)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1863.02.26] 1863.09.28 – 1884.12.18)

Apostolic Administrator of Ticino (Switzerland) (1884.12.18 – 1886.11.01)

Titular Archbishop of Tamiathis (1885.03.23 – 1886.11.01)

Bishop Karl Arnold-Obrist
(1854.11.16 – 1862.12.17)

Born:1796.11.18 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1820.09.23
Consecrated Bishop:1855.03.18
Died:1862.12.17 († 66)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1854.08.04] 1854.11.16 – 1862.12.17)

Bishop Josef Anton Salzmann
(1829.05.18 – 1854.04.23)

Born:1780.04.25 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1803.04.04
Consecrated Bishop:1829.07.26
Died:1854.04.23 († 73)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1828.12.10] 1829.05.18 – 1854.04.23)

Bishop Franz Xaver von Neveu
(1794.09.12 – 1828.08.23)

Born:1749.02.26
Ordained Priest:1777.03.15
Consecrated Bishop:1794.11.12
Died:1828.08.23 († 79)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1792.06.02] 1794.09.12 – 1828.08.23)

Apostolic Administrator of Besançon (France) (1795 – 1801)

Bishop Franz Joseph Sigismund von Roggenbach
(1783.07.18 – 1794.03.09)

Born:1726.12.14
Ordained Priest:1765.06.01
Consecrated Bishop:1783.09.29
Died:1794.03.09 († 67)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1782.11.25] 1783.07.18 – 1794.03.09)

Bishop Friedrich Ludwig Franz Reichsfreiherr von Wangen zu Geroldseck
(1775.11.13 – 1782.11.11)

Born:1727.05.12
Ordained Priest:1766.03.15
Consecrated Bishop:1776.03.03
Died:1782.11.11 († 55)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1775.05.29] 1775.11.13 – 1782.11.11)

Bishop Simon Nikolaus Euseb Reichsgraf von Montjoye-Hirsingen
(1763.03.21 – 1775.04.05)

Born:1693.09.22
Ordained Priest:1731.12.22
Consecrated Bishop:1763.07.10
Died:1775.04.05 († 81)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1762.10.26] 1763.03.21 – 1775.04.05)

Bishop Joseph Wilhelm Rinck von Balderstein
(1744.04.13 – 1762.09.13)

Born:1704.02.09
Ordained Priest:1736.03.31
Consecrated Bishop:1744.11.22
Died:1762.09.13 († 58)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1744.01.22] 1744.04.13 – 1762.09.13)

Bishop Jakob Sigismund von Reinach-Steinbrunn
(1737.09.30 – 1743.12.16)

Born:1683.08.19
Ordained Priest:1717.09.18
Consecrated Bishop:1738.06.29
Died:1743.12.16 († 60)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1737.06.04] 1737.09.30 – 1743.12.16)

Bishop Johann Konrad Reichsfreiherr von Reinach-Hirzbach
(1705.09.05 – 1737.03.19)

Born:1657.08.28
Ordained Priest:1678.09.20
Died:1737.03.19 († 79)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1705.07.11] 1705.09.05 – 1737.03.19)

Bishop Wilhelm Jakob Rinck von Balderstein
(1693.07.13 – 1705.06.04)

Born:1624.01.10
Ordained Priest:1651.09.22
Consecrated Bishop:1691.08.26
Died:1705.06.04 († 81)

Titular Bishop of Curium (1690.09.27 – 1693.07.13)

Coadjutor Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1688.08.03] 1690.09.27 – 1693.07.13)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1693.07.13 – 1705.06.04)

Bishop Johann Konrad von Roggenbach
(1658.01.13 – 1693.07.13)

Born:1618.12.15
Ordained Priest:1654.04.04
Consecrated Bishop:1659.03.23
Died:1693.07.13 († 74)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1656.12.22] 1658.01.13 – 1693.07.13)

Bishop Johann Franz Reichsritter von Schönau
(1653.03.03 – 1656.11.30)

Born:1619.07.15
Ordained Priest:1648.04.15
Consecrated Bishop:1653.06.15
Died:1656.11.30 († 37)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1651.09.18] 1653.03.03 – 1656.11.30)

Bishop Beat Albrecht von Ramstein
(1650.08.22 – 1651.08.25)

Born:1594.07.14
Ordained Priest:1647
Consecrated Bishop:1651.05.01
Died:1651.08.25 († 57)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) ([1646.11.29] 1650.08.22 – 1651.08.25)

Bishop Johann Heinrich von Ostein
(1629.08.20 – 1646.11.26)

Born:1579
Died:1646.11.26 († 66)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1629.08.20 – 1646.11.26)

Bishop Wilhelm Rinck von Balderstein
(1609.02.04 – 1628.10.23)

Born:1566
Died:1628.10.23 († 61)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1609.02.04 – 1628.10.23)

Bishop Jakob Christoph Blarer von Wartensee
(1576.05.04 – 1608.04.18)

Born:1542
Died:1608.04.18 († 65)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1576.05.04 – 1608.04.18)

Bishop Melchior von Lichtenfels
(1555.12.04 – 1575.05.17)

Died:1575.05.17

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1555.12.04 – 1575.05.17)

Bishop Philipp von Gundelsheim
(1527.08.31 – 1553.10.04)

Died:1553.10.04

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1527.08.31 – 1553.10.04)

Bishop Christoph von Utenheim
(1503.03.08 – 1527.03.16)

Died:1527.03.16

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1503.03.08 – 1527.03.16)

Bishop Caspar von Mühlhausen
(1479.03.05 – 1502.11.08)

Died:1502.11.08

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1479.03.05 – 1502.11.08)

Bishop Johann von Venningen
(1458.07.21 – 1478.12.22)

Died:1478.12.22

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1458.07.21 – 1478.12.22)

Bishop Arnold von Rotberg
(1451.03.22 – 1458.05.07)

Died:1458.05.07

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1451.03.22 – 1458.05.07)

Bishop Friedrich von der Pfalz
(1437.02.04 – 1451.01.05)

Died:1451.01.05

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1437.02.04 – 1451.01.05)

Bishop Johann von Fleckenstein
(1423.01.08 – 1436.12.20)

Died:1436.12.20

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1423.01.08 – 1436.12.20)

Bishop Hartmann von Munchenstein
(1418.09.02 – 1423)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1418.09.02 – 1423)

Bishop Humbrecht von Neuenburg
(1399.06.14 – 1418)

Died:1418

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1399.06.14 – 1418)

Bishop Willem van Coudenberghes
(1393.08.19 – 1395)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1393.08.19 – 1395)

Bishop Konrad Munch von Landskron
(1393 – 1395)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1393 – 1395)

Bishop Frederik van Blankenheim (Frédéric de Blankenheim)
(1391.10.13 – 1393.07.07)

Died:1423.10.10

Bishop of Strasbourg (France) (1375.07.05 – 1393.07.07)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1391.10.13 – 1393.07.07)

Bishop of Utrecht (Netherlands) (1393.07.07 – 1423.10.10)

Bishop Imer von Ramstein
(1383? – 1391)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1383? – 1391)

Archbishop Jean de Vienne
(1365.08.13 – 1382.10.07)

Died:1382.10.07

Metropolitan Archbishop of Besançon (France) (1355 – 1361)

Bishop of Metz (France) (1361 – 1365.08.13)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1365.08.13 – 1382.10.07)

Bishop Johann von Munsingen
(1336.04.24 – 1365.06.30)

Died:1365.06.30

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1336.04.24 – 1365.06.30)

Bishop Jean Arley
(Apostolic Administrator 1328.04.06 – 1335.05.23)

Bishop Jean Arley
(1325.04.25 – 1328.04.06)

Died:1335.05.23

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1325.04.25 – 1328.04.06)

Apostolic Administrator of Basel (Switzerland) (1328.04.06 – 1335.05.23)

Bishop Hartmann Munch
(1325 – 1332)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1325 – 1332)

Bishop Gerhard von Wippingen
(1309.07.30 – 1325.03.17)

Died:1325.03.17

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1309.07.30 – 1325.03.17)

Bishop Eudes de Granson
(1306.11.03 – 1309)

Died:1309

Bishop of Toul (France) (1306 – 1308)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1306.11.03 – 1309)

Bishop Peter von Aspelt (later Archbishop)
(1297.03.31 – 1306.11.10)

Died:1320.06.05

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1297.03.31 – 1306.11.10)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mainz (Germany) (1306.11.10 – 1320.06.05)

Bishop Peter Reich von Reichenstein
(1286.05.15 – 1296.09.03)

Died:1296.09.03

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1286.05.15 – 1296.09.03)

Bishop Heinrich Knoderer, O.F.M. (later Archbishop)
(1275.10.09 – 1286.05.15)

Died:1288.03.17

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1275.10.09 – 1286.05.15)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mainz (Germany) (1286.05.15 – 1288.03.17)

Bishop Heinrich von Neuenburg-Erguel
(1262.12 – 1274.09.15)

Died:1274.09.15

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1262.12 – 1274.09.15)

Bishop Berthold von Pfirt
(1250.07.01 – 1262.12.08)

Died:1262.12.08

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1250.07.01 – 1262.12.08)

Bishop Leuthold von Rotheln
(1238.08.22 – 1249.01.16)

Died:1249.01.16

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1238.08.22 – 1249.01.16)

Bishop Heinrich von Thun
(1216.01.21 – 1238.02.17)

Died:1238.02.17

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1216.01.21 – 1238.02.17)

Bishop Walther von Rotheln
(1213.09 – 1215 deposed)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1213.09 – 1215 deposed)

Bishop Leuthold
(1192.04.14 – 1213.01.16)

Died:1213.01.16

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1192.04.14 – 1213.01.16)

Bishop Heinrich von Horburg
(1180 – 1191.09.26)

Died:1191.09.26

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1180 – 1191.09.26)

Bishop Hugo von Hasenburg
(1180? – 1180.05.15)

Died:1180.05.15

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1180? – 1180.05.15)

Bishop Ludwig Garewart
(1164 – 1179 deposed)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1164 – 1179 deposed)

Bishop Ortlieb von Froburg
(1138 – 1164.08.18)

Died:1164.08.18

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1138 – 1164.08.18)

Bishop Adalbert von Froburg
(1135? – 1137)

Consecrated Bishop:1135.01.11
Died:1137

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1135? – 1137)

Bishop Berthold von Neuenburg
(1123? – 1133)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1123? – 1133)

Bishop Rudolf von Homburg
(1107 – 1122.11.09)

Died:1122.11.09

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1107 – 1122.11.09)

Bishop Burchard von Hasenburg
(1072 – 1106.04.12)

Died:1106.04.12

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1072 – 1106.04.12)

Bishop Berengar
(1057 – 1072)

Died:1072

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1057 – 1072)

Bishop Theodorich
(1041 – 1053?)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1041 – 1053?)

Bishop Bruno
(? – ?)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (? – ?)

Bishop Ulrich
(1025 – 1040)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1025 – 1040)

Bishop Adalbert
(1025 – 1025)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1025 – 1025)

Bishop Rudolf
(1021 – 1025)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (1021 – 1025)

Bishop Adalbert
(999 – 1021)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (999 – 1021)

Bishop Ubaldo (Waldo), O.S.B.
(802 – 805)

Bishop of Pavia (Italy) (795 – 802)

Bishop of Basel (Switzerland) (802 – 805)

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Statistics (2022.12.31)

Area: 12,569 km²

Population: 1,013,770 Catholics (29.2% of 3,472,500 total)

Pastoral Centres: 483 parishes

Personnel: 499 priests (340 diocesan, 159 religious), 115 deacons, 1,159 religious (291 brothers, 868 sisters), 5 seminarians

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