Ancient diocese of die

The former French Catholic diocese of Die existed from 1678 to the French Revolution. It was suppressed by the Concordat of 1801, its territory going to the diocese of Grenoble.[1] Its see was Die Cathedral.

It had been created from the diocese of Valence. There had been a previous diocese of Die, up to the thirteenth century.


The Carthusian Polycarpe de la Riviere gives a St. Martinus (220) as first Bishop of Die. The oldest historically known bishop, St. Nicasius, attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325. After him are mentioned: St. Petronius, followed by his brother St. Marcellus (c. 463), confessor and miracle-worker; Lucretius (541-73), to whom St. Ferreolus of Uzes dedicated his monastic rule. For various reasons Abbé Jules Chevalier omits from the episcopal list: St. Maximus (sixth century); Wulphinus (end of eighth century); Exuperius and Saturninus (ninth century). Other bishops were: Hugh (1073–83), consecrated at Rome by Gregory VII, became a papal legate of the latter, presided over numerous councils for the reform of the Church, and subsequently became Bishop of Lyon; St. Ismido (1098-1115) of the noble house of Sassenage; Blessed Uric (1129–42), who opposed the Petrobrusian heresy in his diocese and became a Carthusian; Blessed Bernard (1173–76); St. Stephen (1203-8), formerly a Carthusian at the monastery of Portes; Blessed Didier (Desiderius) de Lans (1213–20).

After the eleventh century the Diocese of Die, long disputed between the metropolitans of Vienne and Arles, became suffragan of the archbishopric of Vienne. By Papal Bull of 25 September 1275, in order to strengthen the Church of Valence in its struggle with the House of Poitiers, Gregory X united the Diocese of Die with that of Valence. This union, which lasted four centuries, was unfortunate for Die. It was annulled in 1687 by king Louis XIV, who, to combat Protestantism, appointed a Bishop of Die.


  • Nicaise 325
  • Audentius c. 439
  • Saint Pétrone (Petronius)
  • Saint Marcel 463
  • Saeculatlus 517, 518
  • Lucretius 541-573
  • Paul 585
  • Maxime 614
  • Desideratus 788
  • Remigius 859
  • Aurelius 875
  • Hemico 879
  • Achideus 957
  • Vulfade 974
  • Conon 1037
  • Pierre I 1055
  • Lancelin 1073
  • Hugues de Romans 1082
  • Ponce 1084-1086
  • Saint Ismidon de Sassenage 109?-1115
  • Pierre II 1116-1119
  • Étienne 1121-1127
  • Ulric 1130
  • Hugues, died in 1159
  • Pierre III 1163-1173
  • Bernard 1176
  • Humbert 1199-1212
  • Saint Étienne de Châtillon, died 1213
  • Didier de Lans 1213-1222
  • Bertrand D'Étoile 1223-1235
  • Humbert II 1235-1245, resigned
  • Amedée de Genève 1245-1276
  • United with the diocese of Valence
  • Armand de Montmorin Saint-Hérem 1687-1694, also Bishop of Vienne
  • Séraphin de Pajot de Plouy 1694-1701
  • Gabriel de Cosnac 1701-1734
  • Daniel-Joseph de Cosnac 1734-1741
  • Gaspard-Alexis Plan des Augiers 1741-1794, last bishop


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