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Bishop of Chur

Chur Cathedral

The Bishop of Chur (German: Bischof von Chur) is the ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chur, Grisons, Switzerland (Latin: Dioecesis Curiensis).


  • History 1
  • List of Bishops of Chur 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


A Bishop of Chur is first mentioned in 451/452 when Asinius attended the Synod of Milan,[1] but probably existed a century earlier. According to local tradition, the first Bishop of Chur was St. Lucius, a reputed King of Britain, who is said to have died a martyr at Chur about the year 176, and whose relics are preserved in the cathedral. In the 7th century the bishopric acquired several territories south to the Lake of Constance. The see was at first suffragan to the archbishop of Milan, but after the treaty of Verdun (843) it became suffragan to Mainz. In 958 Holy Roman Emperor Otto I gave the bishopric to his vassal Hartpert with numerous privileges including control over the Septimer Pass, at the time the main pass through the central Alps. These concessions strengthened the bishopric's temporal power and later it became a princedom within the Holy Roman Empire.

At the time of the Hohenstaufen emperors in the 12th to early 13th centuries, some bishops of Chur were appointed by the emperor, which for a period led to existence of two bishops at the same time, the other being appointed by the pope. In the 14th century bishop Siegfried von Gelnhausen acquired the imperial diocese of Chur from the Barons Von Vaz and represented emperor Henry VII in Italy.

In 1803 the see became immediately subject to the Holy See. Until 1997, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vaduz had been part of the diocese of Chur.

List of Bishops of Chur

Term Bishop Notes
452-455 Asinio
ca. 460 Pruritius
ca. 470 Claudian
ca. 485 Ursicinus I
ca. 495 Sidonius
ca. 520 Eddo
530-546 Valentinianus
548-? Paulinus
ca. 590 Theodore
ca. 614 Victor I
? Verendarius ?
?-681 Ruthard
681-696 Paschal
696?-712 Victor II
712-735 Vigilius
ca. 740 Adalbert
754-760 Ursicinus II
759-765 Tello
773-800? Constantius
800-820 Remigius
820-833 Victor III
833-844 Verendarius
844-849 Gerbrach
849-879 Hesso
879-887 Rothar
887-914 Dietholf
914-949 Waldo I
949-968 Hartbert
969-995 Hiltibold
995-1002 Waldo II
1002–1026 Ulrich I
1026–1039 Hartmann I
1039–1070 Dietmar
1070–1078 Heinrich I
1079–1088 Norbert
1089–1095 Ulrich II von Tarasp
1095–1122 Guido
1122–1142 Konrad I von Biberegg
1142–1150 Konrad II von Tegerfelden
1150–1160 Adalgod
1160–1170 Egino von Ehrenfels
1170–1179 Ulrich III von Tegerfelden
1179–1180 Bruno von Ehrenfels
1180–1193 Heinrich II von Arbon
1194?-1200 Arnold I von Matsch
1200–1209 Rainier
1209 Walter von Tegerfelden
1209–1221 Arnold II von Matsch
1221–1222 Heinrich III von Realta and/or
Albrecht von Güttingen, Abbot of St. Gall
1222–1226 Rudolf I von Güttingen
1226–1233 Berthold Graf von Helfenstein
1233–1237 Ulrich IV Graf von Kyburg
1237–1251 Volkhard von Neuenburg
1251–1272 Heinrich IV Graf von Montfort
1272–1282 Konrad III von Belmont
1282–1290 Friedrich I Graf von Montfort
1290–1298 Berthold II Graf von Heiligenberg
1298 Hugo Graf von Montfort
1298–1321 Siegfried von Geilnhausen
1321–1324 Rudolf II Graf von Montfort
1324–1325 Hermann von Eichenbach
1325–1331 Johann I von Pfefferhart
1331–1355 Ulrich V von Lenzburg
1355–1368 Peter Gelyto
1368–1376 Friedrich II von Erdingen
1376–1388 Johann II von Ehingen
1388–1390 Bartholomew
1390–1416 Hartmann II Graf von Werdenberg-Sargans
1416–1417 Johann III Ambundi
1417–1440 Johann IV Naso
1440–1441 Konrad IV von Rechberg
1441–1453 Heinrich V von Höwen Bishop of Constance
1453–1458 Leonhard Wyssmayer
1458–1491 Ortlieb von Brandis
1491–1503 Heinrich VI von Höwen
1503–1541 Paul Ziegler von Ziegelberg
1541–1548 Licius Iter
1548–1565 Thomas Planta
1565–1581 Beatus à Porta
1581–1601 Peter II von Rascher
1601–1627 Giovanni V
1627–1635 Joseph Mohr, von Zernez
1636–1661 Giovanni VI
1661–1692 Ulrich VI di Monte-Villa
1692–1728 Ulrich VII von Federspiel
1728–1754 Joseph Benedict von Rost
1755–1777 Johann Anton von Federspiel
1777–1794 Franz Dionysius von Rost
1794–1833 Karl Rudolf Graf von Buol-Schauenstein last prince-bishop (until 1803)
1834–1844 Johann Georg Bossi
1844–1859 Kaspar I de Carl ab Hohenbalken
1859–1876 Nikolaus Franz Florentini
1877–1879 Kaspar II Willi
1879–1888 Franz Konstantin Rampa
1888–1908 Johannes Fidelis Battaglia
1908–1932 Georg Schmid von Grüneck
1932–1941 Laurenz Matthias Vincenz
1941–1962 Cristiano Caminada
1962–1990 Johannes Vonderach
1990–1997 Wolfgang Haas
1997–2007 Amédée Grab
From 2007 Vitus Huonder

External links

  • Official website (in German)


  1. ^ Mansi, IV, 141;  "Chur".  
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