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Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden
Dioecesis Groningensis-Leovardiensis

The Saint Joseph Church in Groningen

Basic information
Location Netherlands
Territory Groningen, Friesland,[Drenthe, and the Noordoostpolder
Population 1,780,171 people
110,000 Catholics (6.2%)
Area 9,205 km² (3,555 mi²)
Rite Latin Rite
Patron Saint Boniface[1]
Established 1956
Cathedral Saint Joseph Church, Groningen
Bishop Bishop
Current leadership
Pope Pope Benedict XVI
Metropolitan Archbishop Wim Eijk
Diocesan Bishop Bishop Gerard de Korte

The Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden (Dutch: Bisdom Groningen-Leeuwarden; Latin: Dioecesis Groningensis-Leovardiensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in the northern Netherlands. It encompasses the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, as well as the Noordoostpolder, a part of the province of Flevoland.[2]

The diocese was erected on 2 February 1956 as the Diocese of Groningen. Its current name was created on 4 February 2006.[3]


Location of the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden in the Netherlands

There are some 110,000 Catholics (or 6.2 % of the total population) living in the diocese, making it the smallest Dutch diocese in population, even while it is the largest in area, covering an area of some 9,205 square kilometers (3,555 square miles). As per the most recent data available, the number of churchgoers in 2005 was 12,435 or 0.7 % of the total population.[4]

The current bishop is Mgr. Gerard Johannes Nicolaus de Korte, former auxiliary bishop of Utrecht, who was appointed on 18 June 2008.[5] The episcopal seat is the cathedral of Saint Joseph located in the city of Groningen.[6]



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