Roman Catholic Diocese of Beauvais

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Diocese of Beauvais, Noyon and Senlis

Dioecesis Bellovacensis, Noviomensis et Silvanectensis

Diocèse de Beauvais - Noyon - Senlis
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Country France
Territory Oise
Ecclesiastical province Reims
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Reims
Area 5,855 km2 (2,261 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
714,000 (88.8%)
Parishes 45
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 3rd century
Cathedral St. Peter's Cathedral, Beauvais
Patron saint St. Lucian of Beauvais
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonnin, Comm. l'Emm.
Metropolitan Archbishop Thierry Jordan
Harvey and Roger, two bishops of Beauvais in the Middle Ages, panel from the binding of a pontifical in the cathedral of Beauvais

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Beauvais (Lat:Diocesis Bellovacensis) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France. The diocese encompasses the department of Oise in the Region of Picardie. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Reims. The current bishop is Jacques Benoit-Gonnin, appointed in 2010.


The diocese of Beauvais was traditionally founded by St. Lucian (Lucianus, Lucien) in the 3rd century. After 1013 the Bishops were simultaneously Counts of Beauvais, and one of the Peers of France. The Bishop had a role in the coronation ceremony of the French king, and played a role in politics; Roger II died during the First Crusade, Philip of Dreux was a participant in the Third Crusade and the Battle of Bouvines, and Pierre Cauchon was involved in the trial of Joan of Arc.

The diocese was abolished during the French Revolution, and was recreated as part of the Diocese of Amiens in 1802. Beauvais was re-established in 1822, and the Diocese of Beauvais-NoyonSenlis was created in 1851, comprising the territories of all three formerly separate dioceses. Beauvais Cathedral serves as the seat of the new diocese, which has a population of 766,441, 90% of whom are Roman Catholic.

Bishops of Beauvais

Roman Gaul Period

  • St. Lucianus (3rd century)
  • Thalasius
  • Victor
  • Chanarus
  • Numitius
  • Licerius
  • Themerus
  • Bertegesillus
  • Rodomarus
  • Ansoldus

Early Middle Ages

  • Ribertus
  • Cogerimus
  • Maurinus
  • Constantinus
  • Himbertus
  • Radingus (632-660)
  • Dodon
  • St. Marinus
  • Rocoaldus
  • Miroldus
  • Clement
  • St. Constantinus
  • Ercambertus
  • Austringus
  • Deodatus
  • Andreas
  • Hodingus
  • Adalmanus
  • Ragimbertus

Middle Ages

  • St. Hildemanus
  • Erminfridus (846-859) designated in 853 as missus dominicus, in charge of inspecting the districts of Paris, Meaux, Senlis, Beauvais, Vendeuil and Vexin, died 859 in Beauvais, massacred during a new incursion of the Normans
  • Odo I (860-881)
  • Hrotgarius (881-888)
  • Honoratus (888-890)

Tenth Century

  • Herluin (909-921)
  • Bovon
  • Hildegar
  • Walleran (933-972)
  • Harvey (987-997)
  • Hugues (997-1002)

Eleventh Century

  • Roger of Blois (1002–1022), Keeper of the Seals (995 - 1000) of Kings Hugh Capet and Robert the Pious, hereinafter Beauvais Bishopric elevated to title Bishop-Count
  • Garin (1022–1030)
  • Drogon (1035–1058)
  • Guilbert (1059–1063)
  • Guido (1063–1085), resigned
  • Ursion of Melun (1085–1089)
  • Fulk of Dammartin (1089–1095)
  • Roger II (1095–1096), Keeper of the Seals, died in Egypt during the First Crusade
  • Ansel (1096–1099)

Twelfth Century

Thirteenth Century

Fourteenth Century

Fifteenth Century

Early Modern Period

Sixteenth Century

Seventeenth Century

Eighteenth Century

French Revolution

Concordat Bishops

Twentieth Century

Twenty-First Century

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