Roman Catholic Diocese of Limburg

Diocese of Limburg
Dioecesis Limburgensis
Bistum Limburg
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical provinceCologne
MetropolitanLimburg, Hesse
Area6,182 km2 (2,387 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
648,619 (27.4%)
RiteRoman Rite
Established16 August 1821
CathedralSt George's Cathedral
Patron saintSt. George
Current leadership
BishopGeorg Bätzing
Metropolitan ArchbishopRainer Maria Woelki
Auxiliary BishopsThomas Löhr
Apostolic AdministratorManfred Grothe
Vicar GeneralWolfgang Rösch
Emeritus BishopsFranz Kamphaus Bishop Emeritus (1982-2007)
Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst Bishop Emeritus (2008-2014)
Gerhard Pieschl Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1977-2009)
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Logo of the Diocese of Limburg

The Diocese of Limburg (Latin: Dioecesis Limburgensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in Germany. It belongs to the ecclesiastical province Cologne (Archdiocese of Cologne).

Its territory encompasses parts of the States of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. Its cathedral church is St George's Cathedral Limburg an der Lahn. The diocese's largest church is Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Bartholomew.

From October 2013, the administrator of the diocese during the suspension of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is Wolfgang Rösch. The Bishop later resigned. The Cathedral Chapter elected and on July 1, 2016, Pope Francis appointed, the Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier, Germany, Georg Bätzing, to serve as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Limburg, succeeding Bishop Tebartz-van Elst.[1] He was consecrated by the Archbishop of Cologne Rainer Woelki on September 18, 2016.

At the end of 2008 the diocese had 2,386,000 inhabitants. About 28 per cent of them were Catholics.


The diocese is divided into multiple administrative districts. Each district is represented by a clerical dean.