Chronology of Catholic Dioceses:Poland - first draft

See a list of abbreviations used in this list. See also our listing of current ecclesial jurisdictions.

This is merely the first draft of the Poland chronology. The Oriental-rite jurisdictions will be added later. The varying extent of Poland is of some concern, and we might add / remove certain dioceses as we study more closely the shifting borders of Poland throughout the times. All suggestions and corrections - preferably with sources indicated - are most welcome!

Claes.Tande@katolsk.no
968
Poznan / Posen - (established in territory previously in part covered by Magdeburg) Poland
1000
Gniezno / Gnesen (Metr., detached from Poznan) - Poland
1000
Kolobrzeg / Kolberg (detached from Poznan) - Poland
1000
Kraków / Krakau (detached from Poznan) - Poland
1000
Wroclaw / Breslau (detached from Meissen, and from Praha) - Poland
1015~
Kolobrzeg / Kolberg (extinct due to pagan uprising) - Poland
1015~
Kruszwica (detached from Kolobrzeg) - Poland
1075~ (or 1087~?)
Plock - Poland
1123
Wloclawek - Poland
1124~
Lubusz / Lebus - Poland (since 1391 in Germany)
1125-1127
Kamien - Poland
1128~
Kruszwica (extinct) - Poland
1140
Pomerania (residence Wolin 1140-1174, Kamien 1174-)
1243
Chelmno / Kulm - Poland
1243
Pomezania / Pomesania [see in Marienwerder] - Poland
1243
Sambia / Samland [see: Königsberg] - Poland
1243
Warmia / Ermland [see: Frombork / Frauenburg] - Poland
1321
Kijów / Kyiv (Lat.] - (Poland) Ucraina
1321
Zhytomyr - (Poland) Ucraina
1358
Wlodzimierz / Vladimir - (Poland) Ucraina
1370~
Seret - Poland (Romania)
1375
Chelm - Poland
1375
Halicz (Metr.) [Lat.] - (Poland) Ucraina
1375
Przemysl [Lat.] - Poland
1378-1386
Kamieniec - (Poland) Ucraina
1388
Wilno / Vilnius - (Poland) Lithuania
1404~
Luck / Lutsk (later also known as Luck and Brest) - (Poland) Ucraina
1412
Lwow [Lat.] (Metr., new name, transfer of See from Halicz) - (Poland) Ucraina
1425
Luck and Wlodzimierz / Vladimir (united) - (Poland) Ucraina
1515
Seret (extinct) - Poland (Romania)
1525
Pomezania / Pomesania (vacant/extinct due to the Reformation) - Poland/Germany
1525
Sambia / Samland (vacant/extinct due to the Reformation) - Poland/Germany
1534
Kamien (vacant/extinct due to the Reformation) - Poland/Germany
1556
Lebus (vacant/extinct due to the Reformation) - Germany (was Polish until 1391)
1591
Bacau (revived, new name, previously Seret) - Poland (Romania)
1601
Pomezania (Polish part revived, but under administration of Chelmno / Kulm) - Poland/Germany
1617
Sambia / Samland (revived but under administration of Warmia / Ermland) - Poland/Germany
1636
Smolensk (established from Riga?) - (Russia, Poland/Lithuania) Russia
1763
Pomezania / Pomesania (extinct upon request of Prussian authority) - Poland/Germany
1772
White Russia / Mohilev (erected by the tsarina, later approved by the Holy See, detached from .... ??) - (Russia) Belarus
1773
Sambia / Samland (extinct upon request of Prussian authority) - Poland/Germany
1783
Smolensk (suppressed, incorporated in Mohylew / Mohilev) - (Russia, Poland) Russia
1783
Mohylew / Mohilev (Metr.) - (Russia, Poland) Belarus
1786
Tarnów - Poland
1790
Chelm and Lublin (new name, Chelm reorganized, the Lublin area detached from Kraków and added to Chelm) - Poland
1797
Brest and Podlachia / Brest and Podlasie / Podlasie (detached from Luck and Brest; Luck and the the eastern part of the diocese became part of Russia and 1793 and "suppressed" by the Tsar; the eastern section of the diocese of Luck and Brest was divided between the reorganized diocese of Luck & Zytomir in the south, and Vilna in the north) - (Poland) Ukrain
1798
Kijów / Kyiv (Lat.] (suppressed, territory incorporated in Zytomierz / Zhytomyr) - (Poland) Ucraina
1792
Luck (reestablished) - (Poland) Ukraina
1798
Brest and Podlasie (incorporated in "new" diocese Podlasie / Janow) - (Poland) Ucraina
1798
Luck and Zhytomyr (united, reorganized) - (Poland) Ucraina
1798
Minsk - (Russia, Poland) Belarus
1798
Warszawa - Poland
1799
Wigry (detached from Wilno / Vilnius) - Poland
1805
Kielce (detached from Kraków) - Poland
1805
Lublin (new name, previously Chelm and Lublin) - Poland
1805
Tarnów (suppressed, incorporated in Kielce) - Poland
1818
Wigry (suppressed, incorporated in Sejny / Augustów) - Poland
1818
Bacau (extinct) - Romania (in Poland before)
1818
Kielce (suppressed) - Poland
1818
Podlasie / Janow (reorganized as new diocese, follow-through/formalization of change of 1797, composed of all of 1797 Brest and Podlasie and including parishes detached from the pre-1793 dioceses of Poznan, Plock, Krakow, Luck, and Chelm) - Poland
1818
Sandomierz - Poland
1818
Sejny / Augustów (detached from Wigry) - Poland
1818
Warszawa (Metr.) - Poland
1821
Pomezania / Pomesania (suppressed) - Poland/Germany
1821
Gniezno (united with Poznan) - Poland
1821
Poznan (Metr.) - Poland
1821
Sambia / Samland (suppressed, territory incorporated in Warmia / Ermland) - Poland / East Prussia
1821
Tyniec (detached from Kielce) - Poland
?? 1823
Sejny or Augustów (new name, previously Augustów) - Poland
1826
Tarnów (new name, previously Tyniec) - Poland
1867
Kamienec (suppressed by tsar, territory incorporated in Luck) - (Poland) Ucraina
1867
Minsk (suppressed by tsar, de facto incorporated in Mohilev) - (Russia / Poland) Belarus
1867
Podlasie (repressed by tsar, territory incorporated in Lublin) - Poland
1882
Kielce (reestablished) - Poland
1917
Minsk (reestablished) - Poland
1918
Podlasie / Janów (reestablished) - Poland
1918
Kamienec (reestablished, detached from Luck) - (Poland) Ucraina
1919
Poland (Mil.Ord.) - Poland
1920
Lódz - Poland
1923
Chelmno - Poland
1925
Czestochowa - Poland
1925
Gdansk (from Chelmno, and from Warmia) - Poland
1925
Katowice - Poland
1925
Kraków (Metr.) - Poland
1925
Lomza (detached from Sejny / Augustow) - Poland
1925
Luck (reestablished, detached from Luck and Zhytomyr) - (Poland) Ucraina
1925
Pinsk - (Poland) Belarus
1925
Sejny / Augustów (incorporated in Lomza) - Poland
1925
Siedlce (new name, previously Podlasie / Janów) - Poland
1925
Wilno / Vilnius (Metr.) - (Poland) Lithuania
1925
Zytomierz / Zhytomyr (detached from Luck) - (Poland) Ucraina
1930
Wroclaw / Breslau (Metr.) - Germany / Poland
1947
Poland (Mil.Ord., suppressed) - Poland
1972
Gorzów (from Berlin) - Poland
1972
Koszalin-Kolobrzeg (from Berlin) - Poland
1972
Opole (from Wroclaw) - Poland
1972
Szcecin-Kamien (from Berlin) - Poland
1981
Poland (Ord., for Greek Catholics and for Armenian Catholics, established out of Warszawa [Lat.]) - Poland
1981
Sandomierz-Radom (new name, previously Sandomierz) - Poland
1991
Poland (Mil.Ord., reestablished) - Poland
1991
Bialystok (detached from Vilnius) - Poland
1991
Drohiczyn (detached from Pinsk) - Poland
1991
Lubaczów (AA, detached from Lwow) - Poland
1991
Poland (Ord., previously Ordinariate for Greek Catholics and for Armenian Catholics) - Poland
1992
Bialystok (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Wilno / Vilnius) - Poland
1992
Bielsko-Zywiec (detached from Kraków, and from Katowice) - Poland
1992
Czestochowa (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Kraków) - Poland
1992
Elblag (detached from Warmia, from Gdansk, and from Chelmno) - Poland
1992
Elk (detached from Warmia, and from Lomza) - Poland
1992
Gdansk (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Gniezno) - Poland
1992
Gliwice (detached from Katowice, from Czestochowa, and from Opole) - Poland
1992
Kalisz (detached from Gniezno, from Wroclaw, from Poznan, from Wloclawek, and from Opole, and from Czestochowa) - Poland
1992
Katowice (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Kraków) - Poland
1992
Legnica (detached from Wroclaw) - Poland
1992
Lodz (AD, was part of the Metropolitan Province of Warszawa) - Poland
1992
Lowicz (detached from Warszawa, from Plock, and from Lodz) - Poland
1992
Lublin (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Warszawa) - Poland
1992
Pelplin (new name, previously Chelmno) - Poland
1992
Przemysl [Lat.] (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Lwow / Lviv) - Poland
1992
Radom (detached from Sandomierz-Radom) - Poland
1992
Rzeszów (detached from Przemysl [Lat.], and from Tarnów) - Poland
1992
Sandomierz (previously Sandomierz-Radom, Radom detached) - Poland
1992
Sosnowiec (detached from Kraków, from Czestochowa, and from Kielce) - Poland
1992
Szczecin-Kamien (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Gniezno) - Poland
1992
Torun (detached from Gniezno, and from Chelmno) - Poland
1992
Warmia (Metr., was part of the Metropolitan Province of Warszawa) - Poland
1992
Warszawa-Praga (detached from Warszawa, and from Plock) - Poland
1992
Zamosc-Lubaczów (detached from Lublin, and incorporating all of AA Lubaczów) - Poland
1992
Zielona Góra-Gorzów (new name, previously Gorzów) - Poland
1998
Kyiv-Zhytomyr (new name, previously Zhytomyr) - Ucraina
2004
Bydgoszcz (detached from Gniezno (Metr.), Koszalin-Kolobrzeg (D), and from Pelplin (D)) - Poland
2004
Swidnica (detached from Wroclaw (Metr.), and from Legnica (D)) - Poland
2004
Lodz (Metr., previously AD immediately subject to the Holy See) - Poland
av Webmaster publisert 19.03.2007, sist endret 19.03.2007 - 14:09