Diocese of Liepāja

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Diocese of Liepāja
Map of the Diocese of Liepāja
Basic data
Country Latvia
Ecclesiastical province Riga
Metropolitan bishopric Archdiocese of Riga
Diocesan bishop Viktor's forend pins
Emeritus diocesan bishop Vilhelms Toms Marija Lapelis OP
founding 1937
surface 13,210 km²
Parishes 32 (December 31, 2015 / AP2017 )
Residents 274,000 (December 31, 2015 / AP2017 )
Catholics 27,000 (December 31, 2015 / AP2017 )
proportion of 9.9%
Diocesan priest 9 (31.12.2015 / AP2017 )
Religious priest 4 (31.12.2015 / AP2017 )
Catholics per priest 2,077
Friars 4 (31.12.2015 / AP2017 )
Religious sisters 11 (31.12.2015 / AP2017 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Latvian
cathedral St. Joseph
address Peldu iela 15
LV-3400 Liepaja, Latvia
Website www.katedrale.lv

The Diocese of Liepaja ( lat. : Dioecesis Liepaiensis , Latvian Liepājas diecēze ) since 1937 in Latvia situated Roman Catholic diocese based in Liepaja (Libau). As a suffragan, it is subordinate to the Archdiocese of Riga .


The diocese was on May 8, 1937 from areas of the Archdiocese of Riga with the bull Aeterna animarum salus by Pope Pius XI. founded. In 1995 it gave up part of its diocese territory to establish the diocese of Jelgava . It largely corresponds to the Latvian region of Courland .

The diocese can be considered a diaspora diocese , as only a little more than 10% of the population are Catholics. The pavilion of the Holy See from EXPO 2000 in Hanover was rebuilt in 2002 as the St. Meinard Church in Liepāja (Latvia).

Bishops of Liepāja

Cathedral of St. Joseph in Liepāja

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