Archdiocese of Bremen-Hamberg, Germany

Bremen cathedral; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Diocese of Bremen-Hamberg
  • Diocese of Bremen
  • Archidioecesis Bremensis




Profiled Bishops


The civil state of Brement was united with Hamburg in 848, and the diocese expanded to cover both. Much evangelism work in northern Germany was based in Bremen. The city was burned by Hungarians in 918. Beginning in the 11th century, the temporal power of the archbishops included all the countships in the diocese, but declined during the 14th century.

The city of Bremen was a center of the Reformation, and joined the Smalkaldic League; by the 16th century the cathedral chapter had become Protestant. The revival of Catholicism in 1625 was temporary; the archdiocese was captured by Swedes who secularized it in 1648, and suppressed the cathedral chapter.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Archdiocese of Bremen-Hamberg, Germany”. Gazetteer of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 August 2010. Web. 23 September 2020. <>