Diocese of Møre

Diocese of Møre
Diocese of Møre
Møre bispedomme
Country Norway
Ecclesiastical province Møre og Romsdal
Deaneries 7 prosti
Parishes 41
Members 220,000
Denomination Church of Norway
Cathedral Molde Domkirke
Current leadership
Bishop Ingeborg Midttømme

The Diocese of Møre (Norwegian: Møre bispedømme) is a diocese in the Church of Norway which geographically consists of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Its bishop and cathedral are located in the county administrative center of Molde. The diocese was established on 18 September 1983, when the district of Sunnmøre was transferred from Bjørgvin bishopric in the south, and the Romsdal and Nordmøre districts from Nidaros bishopric in the north to form the new one. As of 2008, the bishop of Møre is Ingeborg Midttømme (pictured at right).[1][2]



The Diocese of Møre is divided into seven deaneries (Norwegian: Prosti). Each one corresponds to several municipalities in the diocese. Each municipality is further divided into one or more parishes which each contain one or more congregations. See each municipality below for lists of churches and parishes within them.

Deanery (Prosti) Municipalities
Molde domprosti Aukra, Fræna, Midsund, Molde, Sandøy
Søre Sunnmøre prosti Hareid, Herøy, Sande, Ulstein, Vanylven, Volda, Ørsta
Austre Sunnmøre prosti Norddal, Skodje, Stordal, Stranda, Sykkylven, Ørskog
Nordre Sunnmøre prosti Giske, Haram, Sula, Ålesund
Indre Romsdal prosti Nesset, Rauma, Vestnes
Ytre Nordmøre prosti Aure, Averøy, Eide, Kristiansund, Smøla
Indre Nordmøre prosti Gjemnes, Halsa, Rindal, Sunndal, Surnadal, Tingvoll


The following people have led the diocese as bishop since the founding of the diocese:


The name of the diocese (Møre) is the result of a compromise between county's three districts. Sunnmøre, with almost half of the population, would accept that the bishop be located in the geographical center of the diocese—Molde in Romsdal—if that region's name (Romsdal) be excluded from the name of the diocese.

The name of the corresponding county was Møre fylke during the period from 1919-1935, and Romsdal amt from 1660-1919. However, the name is old (Old Norse: Mœrr), and it is probably derived from the word marr which means "ocean" or "sea". The meaning is then "coastal district". (A coastal district in Sweden has the same name: Möre.)

The ambiguous designation møring—"person from Møre"—is used strictly about people from Nordmøre (and less frequently for people from Sunnmøre), excluding the people from Romsdal (while, consequently, romsdaling—"person from Romsdal"— is used about the latter).


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Møre bispedømme" (in Norwegian). http://www.snl.no/M%C3%B8re_bisped%C3%B8mme. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  2. ^ Den Norske Kyrkja. "Vegen fram til 1983" (in Norwegian). http://www.kirken.no/more/tekstsider.cfm?id=33828. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 

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