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Diocese of Gent {Ghent, Gand}

Dioecesis Gandavensis



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Bishop(s)

  • Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., Bishop
  • Arthur Luysterman, Bishop Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Erected: 12 May 1559
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussel {Malines-Brussels}
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Belgium
  • Square Kilometers: 2,995 (1,156 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Bisdomplein 1, B-9000 Gent, Belgie
  • Telephone: (09)225.16.26
  • Fax: 223.39.59

Past and Present Ordinaries



Historical Summary

DateEventFromTo
12 May 1559ErectedDiocese of Cambrai
Diocese of Tournai {Doornik}
Archdiocese of Utrecht
Diocese of Gent {Ghent, Gand} (erected)
1801Territory AddedDiocese of Ypres (Ieper) (suppressed) Diocese of Gent {Ghent, Gand}
1801Territory AddedDiocese of Brugge {Bruges} (suppressed) Diocese of Gent {Ghent, Gand}
27 May 1834Territory LostDiocese of Gent {Ghent, Gand} Diocese of Brugge {Bruges} (erected)

Statistics

YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
19501,131,0001,237,50291.4%1,2853941,6796731,6289,126387ap1951
19701,290,0001,321,83197.6%1,2544471,7017586067,012416ap1971
19801,300,0001,344,57696.7%1,0803521,43290799035,246424ap1981
19901,208,9001,350,00089.5%8562551,1111,088396783,903427ap1991
19991,174,0001,355,00086.6%6811998801,334605382,816427ap2000
20001,174,0001,378,70285.2%6571998561,371604742,655427ap2001
20011,174,0001,400,00083.9%6411998401,397634742,550427ap2002
20021,174,0001,400,00083.9%6221998211,429644562,435425ap2003
20031,174,0001,400,00083.9%6101998091,451674772,198427ap2004
20041,000,0001,400,00071.4%5881997871,270694772,055427ap2005
20061,000,0001,398,65071.5%5541997531,328733481,871427ap2007

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.


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Affiliated Bishops, Deceased

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