Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Białystok

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53°07'59"N
023°09'51"E
Country
 Poland
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Description

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Białystok (Latin: Bialostocen(sis)) is a Latin Rite Metropolitan archdiocese in Podlaskie Voivodeship, northeastern Poland. Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is Bazylika Archikatedralna Wniebowzięcia NMP, a Minor Basilica in the city of Białystok. It also has a second Minor Basilica : Bazylika Ofiarowania Najświętszej Marii Panny, dedicated to the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Różanystok.

Ecclesiastical province

Its Suffragan sees are : Roman Catholic Diocese of Drohiczyn Roman Catholic Diocese of Łomża

Statistics

As per 2014, it pastorally served 351,550 Catholics (83.0% of 423,476 total; however only 43,2% are active members) on 5,550 km² in 114 parishes and 25 missions with 403 priests (380 diocesan, 23 religious), 204 lay religious (28 brothers, 176 sisters) and 60 seminarians.

History

Established June 5, 1991 as Diocese of Białystok on Polish territory split off from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Vilnius in Lithuania Enjoyed a Papal visit from the Polish Pope John Paul II in June 1991. Promoted on March 25, 1992 by the same as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Białystok

Episcopal ordinaries

Suffragan Bishops of BiałystokEdward Kisiel (1991.06.05 – retired 1992.03.25), died 1993; previously Titular Bishop of Limata (1976.05.03 – 1991.06.05) as Apostolic Administrator of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1976.05.03 – 1991.06.05)Metropolitan Archbishops of BiałystokStanisław Szymecki (1993.05.15 – retired 2000.11.16), previously Bishop of Kielce (Poland) (1981.03.27 – 1993.05.15) Wojciech Ziemba (2000.11.16 – retired 2006.05.30); next Metropolitan Archbishop of Warmia (Poland) (2006.05.30 – 2016.10.15); previously Titular Bishop of Falerone (1982.06.19 – 1992.03.25) as Auxiliary Bishop of Warmia (Poland) (1982.06.19 – 1992.03.25), Bishop of Ełk (Poland) (1992.03.25 – 2000.11.16) Edward Ozorowski (2006.10.20 – retired 2017.04.12); previously Titular Bishop of Bitetto (1979.01.31 – 2006.10.20), first as Auxiliary Bishop of Vilnius (Lithuania) (1979.01.31 – 1991.06.05), then as Auxiliary Bishop of Białystok (1991.06.05 – succession 2006.10.20) Tadeusz Wojda, (S.A.C.) (2017.06.10 – 2021.03.02); previously Undersecretary of the Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (2012.07.24 – 2017.04.12). Józef Guzdek (16 July 2021 – present)
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