Roman Catholic Diocese of Annecy

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Diocese of Annecy
Dioecesis Anneciensis
Diocèse d'Annecy
Cathedrale annecy facade.jpg
Country  France
Ecclesiastical province Lyon
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lyon
Area 4,317 km2 (1,667 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
727,000 (est.)
521,400 (est.) (71.7%)
Parishes 38 'new parishes'
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 15 February 1822
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Peter in Annecy
Patron saint St. Francis de Sales
St. Peter in Chains
Secular priests 134 (diocesan)
25 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Yves Boivineau
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Philippe Barbarin
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Annecy (Latin: Dioecesis Anneciensis; French: Diocèse d'Annecy) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in France. Originally erected in 1822, after the Concordat as a subdivision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chambéry, the diocese comprises the entirety of the department of Haute-Savoie in the Region of Rhône-Alpes. Only recently, in 2002, did the metropolitan change. The diocese is now suffragan to the Archdiocese of Lyon. The current archbishop is Yves Jean Marie Arsène Boivineau, appointed in 2001.

As of 2015 there was one priest for every 3,279 Catholics.


From 1535 to 1801 the bishops of Geneva, exiled by the Reformation from Geneva, lived at Annecy. St. Francis de Sales was Bishop of Annecy from 1602 to 1622. From 1801 to 1822, Annecy belonged to the Diocese of Chambéry and Geneva, but was made an episcopal see 15 February 1822, by the papal bull Sollicita catholici gregis.[1]

The memory of St. Bernard of Menthon, founder of the hospice of the Grand St. Bernard, is still honoured in the Diocese of Annecy. St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal founded the Congregation of the Visitation at Annecy in 1610; at the death of its foundress the convents belonging to this order numbered 87. The relics of these saints are preserved in the Church of the Visitation at Annecy. The ancient Benedictine abbey of Talloires is near the Lac d'Annecy.[1]

Bishops of Annecy

  • Claude-François de Thiollaz † (21 Apr 1822 Appointed – 14 Mar 1832 Died)
  • Pierre-Joseph Rey † (13 Jun 1832 Appointed – 31 Jan 1842 Died)
  • Louis Rendu † (25 Aug 1842 Appointed – 28 Aug 1859 Died)
  • Charles-Marie Magnin † (11 Dec 1860 Appointed – 14 Jan 1879 Died)
  • Louis-Romain-Ernest Isoard † (9 May 1879 Appointed – 3 Aug 1901 Died)
  • Pierre-Lucien Campistron † (13 May 1902 Appointed – 22 Aug 1921 Died)
  • Florent-Michel-Marie-Joseph du Bois de la Villerabel † (21 Nov 1921 Appointed – 11 May 1940 Appointed, Archbishop of Aix)
  • Auguste-Léon-Alexis Cesbron † (30 Sep 1940 Appointed – 13 Jul 1962 Died)
  • Jean-Baptiste-Étienne Sauvage † (28 Sep 1962 Appointed – 27 Sep 1983 Retired)
  • Hubert Marie Pierre Dominique Barbier (19 May 1984 Appointed – 25 Apr 2000 Appointed, Archbishop of Bourges)
  • Yves Jean Marie Arsène Boivineau (7 May 2001 Appointed – ) (fr)

See also


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoyau, Pierre-Louis-Théophile-Georges (1907). "Diocese of Annecy". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. 1. New York: Robert Appleton. 


Reference works

  • Gams, Pius Bonifatius (1873). Series episcoporum Ecclesiae catholicae: quotquot innotuerunt a beato Petro apostolo. Ratisbon: Typis et Sumptibus Georgii Josephi Manz.  (Use with caution; obsolete)
  • Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus (1968). Hierarchia Catholica medii et recentioris aevi sive summorum pontificum, S. R. E. cardinalium, ecclesiarum antistitum series... A pontificatu Pii PP. VII (1800) usque ad pontificatum Gregorii PP. XVI (1846) (in Latin). Volume VII. Monasterii: Libr. Regensburgiana. 
  • Remigius Ritzler; Pirminus Sefrin (1978). Hierarchia catholica Medii et recentioris aevi... A Pontificatu PII PP. IX (1846) usque ad Pontificatum Leonis PP. XIII (1903) (in Latin). Volume VIII. Il Messaggero di S. Antonio. 
  • Pięta, Zenon (2002). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi... A pontificatu Pii PP. X (1903) usque ad pontificatum Benedictii PP. XV (1922) (in Latin). Volume IX. Padua: Messagero di San Antonio. ISBN 978-88-250-1000-8. 


  • *Société bibliographique (France) (1907). L'épiscopat français depuis le Concordat jusqu'à la Séparation (1802-1905). Paris: Librairie des Saints-Pères. 

External links

  • (in French) Centre national des Archives de l'Église de France, L’Épiscopat francais depuis 1919, retrieved: 2016-12-24.
  • Catholic Hierarchy [self-published]

Coordinates: 45°53′37″N 6°07′41″E / 45.89361°N 6.12806°E / 45.89361; 6.12806

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