Diocese of Zealand

Diocese of Zealand

The Diocese of Zealand (Danish: Sjællands Stift) was a protestant diocese in Denmark which existed from 1537 to 1922. Apart from the island of Zealand, from which it took its name, the diocese covered Møn, Amager and various smaller islands. The island of Bornholm was included in 1560. The Faroe Islands as well as some other overseas territories were also part of the diocese. Roskilde Cathedral was the main church and the bishop resided in the Bishop's House in Copenhagen.



The Diocese of Zealand was established in 1537 replacing the Catholic Diocese of Roskilde following the Reformation of Denmark.

The until then Catholic Roskilde Cathedral remained the cathedral and the official residence of the bishop was in Copenhagen as had been the case for his Catholic predecessors, although now in the former city hall which became the new Bishop's House.[1]

In 1922, the diocese was divided into the Diocese of Copenhagen and the Diocese of Roskilde. Harald Ostenfeld, the last Bishop of Zealand, continued as Bishop of Copenhagen while Henry Fonnesbech-Wulff became Bishop of Roskilde.

Bishops of Zealand

  • 1537-1560 Peder Palladius
  • 1560-1569 Hans Albertsen
  • 1569-1590 Poul Madsen
  • 1590-1614 Peder Jensen Vinstrup, ikke at forveksle med Peder Pedersen Winstrup (1605-1679), biskop i Lund 1638-79.
  • 1614-1638 Hans Poulsen Resen
  • 1638-1652 Jesper Rasmussen Brochmand
  • 1652-1653 Hans Hansen Resen
  • 1653-1655 Laurids Mortensen Scavenius
  • 1655-1668 Hans Svane (titular Archbishop)
  • 1668-1675 Hans Wandal
  • 1675-1693 Hans Bagger
  • 1693-1710 Henrik Bornemann
  • 1710-1737 Christen Worm
  • 1737-1757 Peder Hersleb
  • 1757-1783 Ludvig Harboe (Herslebs svigersøn)
  • 1783-1808 Nicolai Edinger Balle (Harboes svigersøn)
  • 1808-1830 Friedrich Christian Carl Hinrich Münter
  • 1830-1834 Peter Erasmus Müller
  • 1834-1854 Jacob Peter Mynster
  • 1854-1884 Hans Lassen Martensen
  • 1884-1895 Bruun Juul Fog
  • 1895-1909 Thomas Skat Rørdam
  • 1909-1911 Peder Madsen
  • 1911-1922 Harald Ostenfeld

See also


Category:Church of Denmark dioceses

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