Archdiocese of Vilnius
|Archdiocese of Vilnius|
|Diocesan bishop||Gintaras Grušas|
|Emeritus diocesan bishop||Audrys Cardinal Bačkis|
|Parishes||95 (2014 / AP2015 )|
|Residents||773,406 (2014 / AP2015 )|
|Catholics||558,847 (2014 / AP2015 )|
|Diocesan priest||131 (2014 / AP2015 )|
|Religious priest||44 (2014 / AP2015 )|
|Catholics per priest||3,193|
|Friars||54 (2014 / AP2015 )|
|Religious sisters||172 (2014 / AP2015 )|
After Vilnius had been annexed by Poland in 1922, the Holy See saw itself under Pope Pius XI. forced to elevate Vilnius to an archdiocese and metropolitan area on October 28, 1926 , in addition to the Lithuanian ecclesiastical province with its seat in Kaunas . At the same time, the suffragans Kaišiadorys and Panevėžys were created by separation.
After the reorganization of the Lithuanian church in 1991, both church provinces were preserved. At the same time, the territories of the Archdiocese of Vilnius in the Republic of Poland were raised to the Białystok diocese .