Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vercelli

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vercelli

The Archdiocese of Vercelli (in Latin, Archidioecesis Vercellensis) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in northern Italy, one of the two archdioceses which form the ecclesiastical region of Piedmont. The archbishop's seat is in Vercelli Cathedral. The dioceses suffragan to Vercelli are: Alessandria (della Paglia), Biella, Casale Monferrato and Novara.



According to an ancient lectionary the Gospel was first preached in Vercelli in the second half of the third century by Saints Sabinianus and Martialis, bishops from Gaul, when they were returning to their dioceses. The episcopal see was not established till after the Peace of Constantine. The first bishop was Saint Eusebius, a Sardinian, a lector of the Roman Church and a strenuous opponent of Arianism. From Vercelli the Gospel spread through the valley of the Po and its environs; towards the end of the fourth century, perhaps even during the episcopate of Saint Eusebius, new dioceses were erected. From Eusebius to Nottingo (830) there were forty bishops, whose images were preserved in the Eusebian basilica, predecessor of the present cathedral, so called because Saint Eusebius, who dedicated it to the martyr Saint Theonestus, was interred in it. He introduced the common and monastic life among his clergy, from whom bishops for the surrounding territory were often selected.

Among his successors were: Saint Simenus (370), who baptized and consecrated Saint Ambrose; Saint Honoratus (396), who administered the Viaticum to Saint Ambrose; Saint Justinianus (living in 451); Saint AEmilianus (about 500) built an aqueduct for the city at his own expense; Saint Flavianus (541); Saint Celsus (665); Norgaudus (844) restored common life among the canons; Liutuardus (880), who had been archchancellor of Charles the Fat (deposed later) and was slain during the invasion of the Huns (899), like Regenbertus (904- 24); Atto of Vercelli, (d. 960), reformer of ecclesiastical discipline; Petrus (978), imprisoned in the Holy Land by the Egyptian Muslims; Leo (999), chancellor of Holy Roman Emperors Otto III and Henry II; Gisulfus (1133) re-established common life among the canons in 1144; Saint Albertus (1185–1204), founder of the chair of theology, later Patriarch of Jerusalem; Renerio Avogadro (1296) opposed the partisans of Fra Dolcino; Guglielmo Didier (1437), an elector of the antipope Felix V; Giuliano della Rovere (1502), later Pope Julius II (1503); Cardinal Guido Ferrero (1562), founder of the seminary, embellished the cathedral and introduced the Tridentine reform; Gianfrancesco Bonomo (1572) continued the reform and replaced (1573) the Eusebian Rite by the Roman.

In 1817 the Diocese of Vercelli, then suffragan of the archbishopric of Turin (but previously of the archbishopric of Milan) was made an archdiocese, the first archbishop being Giuseppe di Grimaldi.


The 118 parishes are divided between the Lombard province of Pavia and the Piedmontese provinces of Alessandria, Biella, Novara and Vercelli.[1]


Province of Pavia

Candia Lomellina
S. Maria delle Grazie
S. Maria delle Grazie
S. Lorenzo
Santi Vittorino Pietro e Michele
S. Martino
S. Martino
S. Stefano


Province of Alessandria

Morano sul Po
S. Nicola (Pobietto)

Province of Biella

S. Bernardo
Santi Pietro e Paolo
S. Bernardo (Caraceto)
S. Carlo
Castelletto Cervo
Santi Pietro, Paolo e Tommaso
Beata Vergine Assunta
S. Maria e Santi Martino Bonomio e Nicolao
SS. Annunziata
Santi Orso e Antonino (Rongio Inferiore)
S. Ambrogio
S. Grato (Pianceri)
S. Lorenzo
S. Caterina (Casa del Bosco)
Villa del Bosco
S. Lorenzo

Province of Novara

S. Colombano
S. Martino
Casaleggio Novara
S. Ambrogio
Santi Pietro e Paolo
S. Domenico
San Nazzaro Sesia
Santi Nazario e Celso
Natività di Maria e Santi Giorgio e Martino
Beata Vergine Assunta
S. Bernardino (Torrione)

Province of Vercelli

Albano Vercellese
Beata Vergine Assunta
S. Martino
Asigliano Vercellese
Beata Vergine Assunta
Santi Michele e Antonio
S. Eusebio
Borgo Vercelli
Beata Vergine Assunta
Borgo d’Ale
S. Michele
S. Abbondio
S. Matteo
S. Cecilia
Casanova Elvo
S. Martino
S. Emiliano
Beata Vergine del Rosario e S. Giorgio
S. Martino
Beata Vergine Assunta
Santi Genuario e Silvestro (San Genuario)
S. Grisante (San Grisante)
Santi Pietro ed Eusebio
Santi Pietro e Maurizio
Fontanetto Po
S. Maria e S. Martino
Beata Vergine Assunta
Nostra Signora del Sacratissimo Rosario di Fatima
S. Bernardo
S. Pietro
Beata Vergine Assunta
Santi Quirico e Giulitta
S. Agata
S. Bernardo
S. Pietro
SS. Salvatore e Santi Germano e Cristoforo
Livorno Ferraris
S. Lorenzo
Santi Rocco e Giovanni Battista (Castell’Apertole)
S. Giacomo (San Giacomo)
S. Giorgio
S. Eusebio
Motta de’ Conti
SS. Annunziata
Santi Quirico e Giulitta
S. Lorenzo
Palazzolo Vercellese
S. Germano
S. Germano
S. Eusebio
Beata Vergine Assunta
Beata Vergine Assunta
Quinto Vercellese
Santi Nazario e Celso
Beata Vergine Assunta
S. Maria
Santi Maurizio e Rocco
S. Giorgio (San Giorgio)
S. Eusebio (Sant’Eusebio)
S. Lorenzo
Maria SS. Assunta
Beata Vergine Assunta e S. Giacomo
Sali Vercellese
Santi Desiderio Giacomo e Clemente
S. Antonino
S. Grato
San Germano Vercellese
S. Germano
San Giacomo Vercellese
S. Giacomo
Santi Agata e Giorgio
Serravalle Sesia
S. Giovanni Battista
Beata Vergine Assunta (Bornate Sesia)
Santi Eusebio e Giacomo (Vintebbio)
S. Michele
S. Giorgio
S. Bartolomeo
Beata Vergine Assunta (Lucedio)
Beata Vergine Assunta (Robella)
Tronzano Vercellese
Santi Pietro e Paolo
Santi Grato e Valentino (Salomino)
Beata Vergine di Lourdes
Regina Pacis
S. Agnese in S. Francesco
S. Antonio Da Padova
S. Bernardo
S. Eusebio
S. Giacomo in S. Cristoforo
S. Giuseppe
S. Maria Maddalena
S. Maria Maggiore
S. Pietro
Sacro Cuore di Gesù
Santi Tommaso e Teonesto in S. Paolo
Spirito Santo
SS. Salvatore
Beata Vergine Assunta (Cappuccini)
Beata Vergine Assunta (Larizzate)
S. Marco
Santi Pietro e Paolo


  1. ^ Source: (retrieved:2008-03-12 19:30:54 +0000)


 U. Benigni (1913). "Vercelli". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed (1913). "Vercelli". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

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