Roman Catholic Diocese of Digne

Roman Catholic Diocese of Digne

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Digne, is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. Erected in the 4th century as the Diocese of Digne, the diocese is now known as the Diocese of Digne, Riez and Sisteron, since 1922. The diocese comprises the entire department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Aix. The bishops are seated at Digne-les-Bains, in Digne Cathedral.



By the Concordat of 1801, this diocese was made to include the two departments of the Hautes-Alpes and the Basses-Alpes, in addition to the former Diocese of Digne, the Archdiocese of Embrun, the dioceses of Gap, Sisteron and Senez, a very considerable part of the dioceses of Glandèves and Riez, and fourteen parishes in the Archdiocese of Aix and the Diocese of Apt. In 1822 Gap was made an episcopal see and, thus divested of the department of the Hautes Alpes, the present Diocese of Digne covers the territory formerly included in the Dioceses of Digne, Senez, Glandèves, Riez and Sisteron.


The former diocese of Digne was evangelized by Saints Domninus and Vincentius who came from Africa in the second half of the fourth century with Saint Marcellinus, the Apostle of Embrun. It is not certain that they were bishops. The first historically known bishop was Pentadius who attended the Council of Agde in 506.

Pre-Revolutionary bishops (incomplete)

  • 365: Saint Domnin
  • 380: Saint Vincent
  • c.439–c.455: Nectarius (Nectaire)
  • Memorialis
  • 506: Pentadius
  • 524–527: Portien
  • c.535–c.555: Hilaire
  • 573–585: Heraclius
  • 614: Maximus (Maxime)
  • 650: Agapius (Agape) or Bobo (Bobon)
  • 790: Raimbaud
  • 899: Bléderic
  • 1025: Emin
  • c.1028–1038: Bernhard I.
  • 1038–c.1068: Hugo I.
  • 1070: Laugier
  • 1146: Gui
  • c.1150: Peter I. Hesmido
  • Hugo II. de Vars
  • Hugo III.
  • Pierre II. de Droilla
  • 1179: Guillaume I. de Bénévent
  • 1184–1185: Guigue de Revel
  • Bertrand I. de Turriers
  • 1206: Ismidon
  • 1209: Walon de Dampierre
  • 1211–5. October 1232: Lantelme
  • 1233–1242: Hugues IV. de Laon
  • 1247–1248: Amblard
  • 1248–25. May 1278: Bonifatius
  • 1289–c.1295: Guillaume II. des Porcelets
  • 1297: Amblard
  • c.1302–c.1318: Renaud des Porcelets
  • 1318: Armand
  • 1324: Guillaume III. de Sabran
  • 1326: Guillaume IV. Ebrard
  • 1334–7. October 1341: Elzéar de Villeneuve, author of a form of oath to be taken by Jews
  • 1341–1362: Jean I. Peissoni
  • 1362–c.1385: Bertrand II. de Seguret
  • 1390–5. March 1408: Nicolas de Corbaire
  • 1409–1432: Bertrand III. Raoul
  • c.1432–1439: Pierre III de Verceil, who represented the clergy and the Count of Provence at the Council of Basle
  • 1439–1445: Guillaume d'Estouteville, closely connected with the history of the Pragmatic Sanction and later Archbishop of Rouen
  • 1445–22. July 1466: Pierre IV. Turelure
  • 24. July 1466–August 1479: Conrad de La Croix
  • c.1479–c.1513: Antoine I. de Guiramand
  • 1513–1. June 1536: François I. de Guiramand
  • 1536–1545: Chérubin d'Orsière
  • 1546–c.1552: Antoine II. Olivier
  • 1552–1568: Antoine III. Hérouet, poet and translator of Plato
  • 1569–1587: Henri I. Le Meignen
  • 1587–1602: Claude Coquelet
  • 1602–24. September 1615: Antoine IV. de Boulogne
  • 1616–1628: Louis I. de Bologne
  • 1628–1664: Raphaël de Bologne
  • 1664–1668: Toussaint de Forbin-Janson (also Bishop of Marseille) a cardinal and ambassador to Poland)
  • 1668–1669: Jean-Armand de Rotondis de Biscarras
  • 1669–1675: Jean II. de Vintimille du Luc
  • 1675–1677: Henri II. Félix de Tassy
  • 1677–1708: François II. Le Tellier
  • 1708–1728: Henri III. de Pujet
  • 1730–1741: Antoine V. Amable de Feydeau
  • 1742: Paul de Ribeyre
  • 1742–1746: Jean-Louis du Lau
  • 1747–1758: Louis II. Sextius de Jarente de La Bruyère
  • 1758–1784: Pierre-Paul I. du Caylar
  • 1784–1790: François III. du Mouchet de Villedieu

List of bishops since 1802

  • Irénée-Yves Desolle (Dessole) 1802-1805 (appointed Bishop of Chambéry)
  • François-Melchior-Charles-Bienvenu de Miollis 1805-1838[1]
  • Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour 1839-1848 (appointed Archbishop of Paris)
  • Marie-Julien Meirieu 1848-1880
  • Louis-Joseph-Marie-Ange Vigne 1880-1885 (appointed Archbishop of Avignon)
  • Alfred-François Fleury-Hottot 1885-1887 (appointed Bishop of Bayonne)
  • Henri-Abel Mortier 1887-1889
  • Pierre-Paul Servonnet 1889-1897 (appointed Archbishop of Bourges)
  • Jean Hazera 1897-1905
  • Dominique Castellan 1906-1915 (appointed Archbishop of Chambéry)
  • Léon-Adolphe Lenfant 1915-1917
  • Jean-Joseph-Benoît-Marie Martel 1917-1923
  • Cosme-Benjamin Jorcin 1923-1958
  • René-Fernand-Bernardin Collin, O.F.M. 1958-1980
  • Edmond-Marie-Henri Abelé 1980-1987
  • Georges-Paul Pontier 1988-1996 (appointed Bishop of La Rochelle)
  • François-Xavier Jacques Marie Loizeau 1997 onwards


  1. ^ His kindness was proverbial, and he was the original of "Bishop Myriel" in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables: the character is even given the nickname "Monsignor Bienvenue".


Coordinates: 44°05′29″N 6°14′11″E / 44.09139°N 6.23639°E / 44.09139; 6.23639

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