Roman Catholic Diocese of Châlons

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Diocese of Châlons
Dioecesis Catalaunensis
Diocèse de Châlons
Cathédrale Saint-Etienne Châlons 220407.jpg
Country France
Ecclesiastical province Reims
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Reims
Area 6,501 km2 (2,510 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
258,500 (97.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Cathedral of St Stephen in Châlons
Patron saint Saint Memmius
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Francois Touvet
Metropolitan Archbishop Thierry Jordan
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Châlons is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. The diocese comprises the department of Marne, excluding the arrondissement of Reims.[1][2]

It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Reims.[3]


United in 1802 with the Diocese of Meaux and in 1821 with the archdiocese of Reims, the diocese of Châlons was re-established in 1822, and is suffragan to Reims.

Local legends maintain that the evangelization of Châlons by St. Memmius, sent thither by St. Peter and assisted by his sister Poma, also by St. Donatian and St. Domitian, took place in the first century. In the revised list of the diocesan saints in the Breviary these legends have been suppressed.

The cathedral was consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III, assisted by St. Bernard and eighteen cardinals. Among its celebrated abbeys the diocese counted those of St. Memmius, founded in the fifth century by Alpinus; Toussaints, founded in the eleventh century; Montier-en-Der, founded in the seventh century by St. Bereharius, a monk from Luxeuil; Saint-Pierre au Mont, founded during the same period. Notre-Dame de l'Epine, near Châlons, was a place of pilgrimage as early as the beginning of the fifteenth century.


Abbé Duchesne assigns the founding of the See of Châlons to the fourth century, Amandinus, who attended the Council of Tours in 461, being its ninth bishop. St. Lumier (Leudomerus), Bishop of Châlons about 580, was noted for his miraculous power over animals.

The bishops of this see played an important part in early French history. At the coronation of the Capetian kings, the Bishop of Châlons always carried the royal ring.

To 1000

  • c.260–280: St Memmius (or Memmie, Menge)
  • St Donatian
  • St Domitian
  • Amable
  • c.300: Didier
  • c.340: Sanctissimus
  • c.400: Provinctus
  • 433–480: St Alpin
  • 480–500: Amand (or Amandin)
  • 500: Florand
  • c.515: Providerius
  • c.530: Prodictor (or Proditor, Productor)
  • 535–541: Loup I.
  • Papion
  • c.565: Euchaire
  • 578: Teutinodus (or Teutmodus)
  • 579: St Elaphe
  • 588–596: St Lumier
  • 596–625: Felix I.
  • Ragnebaud
  • c.660: Landebert
  • c.685: Arnoul I.
  • 693:Bertoin
  • Felix II.
  • Bladald
  • Scaricus
  • c.770: Ricaire
  • 770–784: Willibald
  • 784–804: Beuve I.
  • 804–810: St Hildegrim of Châlons
  • 810–835: Adelelmus
  • 835–857: Loup II.
  • 857–868: Erchenrad
  • 868–878: Willibert
  • 878–887: Bernon
  • 887–894: Rodoald
  • 894–908: Mancion
  • 908–912: Létold
  • 912–947: Beuve II.
  • 947–998: Gibuin I.
  • 998–1004: Gibuin II.





From 1900


  1. Official web site (in French}]
  2. Châlons-sur-Marne - Catholic Encyclopedia article
  3. Diocese of Châlons from

External links

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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