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Archdiocese of Paderborn

Archidioecesis Paderbornensis

Erzbistum Paderborn
Paderborn Cathedral
Country Germany
TerritoryPaderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia
Ecclesiastical provincePaderborn
Area14,750 km2 (5,700 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2013)
1,596,405 (32.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralPaderborn Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Kilian
St. Liborius
Current leadership
ArchbishopHans-Josef Becker
Auxiliary BishopsMatthias König, Dominicus Meier OSB
Bishops emeritusManfred Grothe (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus), Hubert Berenbrinker (Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus)

The Archdiocese of Paderborn is an Archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany; its seat is Paderborn.[1][2] It was a diocese from its foundation in 799 until 1802, and again from 1821 until 1930. In 1930, it was promoted to an archdiocese. From 1281 until 1802, the Bishopric of Paderborn (German: Fürstbistum Paderborn) was also a state of the Holy Roman Empire.


The diocese of Paderborn was founded in 799 by Pope Leo III. In the early years it was subordinated to the bishop of Würzburg. Since 855 the clergy had the right to elect the bishop. The diocese included the larger part of Lippe, Waldeck, and nearly half of the County of Ravensberg.

History of the Bishopric

Main article: Bishopric of Paderborn

Restoration and later history

While the bishopric as a state had been permanently dissolved in 1802, the Diocese of Paderborn, originally suffragan to Mainz Archdiocese (till 1805), was recreated by Pope Pius VII as a suffragan to Cologne Archdiocese in 1821. Through the Prussian Concordate, it was promoted to an archdiocese in 1930, heading the new Middle German Ecclesiastical Province; at the same time, Paderborn lost its districts around Erfurt and Heiligenstadt to the Diocese of Fulda, and two small areas to the Archdiocese of Cologne. The dioceses of Hildesheim and Fulda were made its suffragans.

When the Diocese of Essen was created in 1958, Paderborn lost a significant portion of its district to it.

In the 1980s the Campingkirche was founded.

In 1994 Paderborn lost the part of its district located in the former East Germany to its newly created suffragan Diocese of Magdeburg. Also the new Diocese of Erfurt was made subordinate to Paderborn. At the same time, Hildesheim was made subordinate to the Archdiocese of Hamburg.

In the 1990s, the conflict between the Archdiocese and renegade priest Eugen Drewermann made headlines.

The current archbishop is Hans-Josef Becker.

In April 2008 pope Benedict XVI. announced Hubert Berenbrinker as a new auxiliary bishop.


Bishops to 1321

Image Name from to Notes
Hathumar 806 815
Badurad 815 862
Luithard 862 887
Biso 887 900
Theoderic I 900 917
Unwan 918 935
Dudo 935 959
Volkmar 959 983
Rethar 983 1009
Meinwerk 1009 1036 Immedinger
Rotho 1036 1051
Imad 1051 1076 Billunger
Poppo 1076 1083
Henry I 1083 1090
Henry II 1084 1127
Bernard I 1127 1160
Evergis 1160 1178
Siegfried 1178 1188 von Hallermund?
Bernard II 1188 1203
Bernard III 1204 1223
Thomas Olivier 1223 1225
Wilbrand von Oldenburg 1225 1228
Bernard IV 1228 1247
Simon I 1247 1277
Otto von Rietberg 1277 1307
Günther I 1307 1310
Dietrich II 1310 1321

Prince-Bishops (1321 to 1802)

Further information: Prince-Bishopric of Paderborn § Prince-bishops




Auxiliary bishops

Diocese (to 1802)

Diocese (1821–1830)

Archdiocese (1830–present)


The archdiocese is allocated in 19 districts (Dekanate).[12]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Paderborn" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Paderborn" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Bishop Johannes Fabri, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Johannes Fabri, O.F.M." Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Johannes Schulte, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Heinrich Vuyst (Wust), O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Heinrich Vuyst, O.F.M." Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Johannes Ymminck, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Albert Engel, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 5, 2016
  10. ^ "Bishop Johannes Schneider, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 5, 2016
  11. ^ "Bishop Johannes Schneider" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved September 5, 2016
  12. ^ Erzbistum Paderborn - Aus den Dekanaten