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Diocese of Lisala

Dioecesis Lisalaensis

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General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Elevated: 10 November 1959
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Congo, The Democratic Republic of
  • Square Kilometers: 67,674 (26,139 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Évêché de Lisala, c/o Procure Sainte Anne, B.P. 1800, Kinshasa 1, Rep. Democratique du Congo
  • Telephone: (081)064.82.51

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers
3 April 1919ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Léopoldville Vicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers (erected)
11 February 1924Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers (Thsuapa) Prefecture Apostolic of Tsuapa (erected)
28 January 1926Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers (Southern part) Prefecture Apostolic of Tsuapa
10 March 1926Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers (Boundaries Adjusted)
Vicariate Apostolic of Western Uélé {Uélé Occidental} (Boundaries Adjusted)
28 July 1926Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers (Lulonga) Prefecture Apostolic of Basankusu (erected)
18 July 1932Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers (Boundaries adjusted)
Prefecture Apostolic of Ubanghi Belga {Belgian Ubanghi} (Boundaries adjusted)
Vicariate Apostolic of Lisala
27 January 1936Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers Vicariate Apostolic of Lisala
13 December 1938Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Lisala (Boundaries Adjusted)
Vicariate Apostolic of Oubangui Chari (Boundaries Adjusted)
14 June 1951Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Basankusu
Vicariate Apostolic of Coquilhatville
Vicariate Apostolic of Lisala
Vicariate Apostolic of Stanley-ville
Prefecture Apostolic of Isangi (erected)
Diocese of Lisala
10 November 1959ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Lisala Diocese of Lisala
25 November 1964Territory LostDiocese of Lisala (Western Part) Diocese of Budjala (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Lisala
Diocese of Lisala

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Nouvelle-Anvers
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 18, Page 370, and Page 371
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 25, Page 199, and Page 200
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Lisala
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 28, Page 281, and Page 282
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 31, Page 170, and Page 171
  • Diocese of Lisala
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 52, Page 372, to Page 377


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