Diocese of Zealand

The Diocese of Zealand (Danish: Sjællands Stift) was a protestant diocese in Denmark which existed from 1537 to 1922. Apart from the island of Zealand, from which it took its name, the diocese covered Møn, Amager and various smaller islands. The island of Bornholm was included in 1662,[1] following the 1660 Treaty of Copenhagen ceding the rest of the Diocese of Lund to Sweden. The diocese also included the Faroe Islands, the Danish colonies on Greenland and other overseas territories.

Roskilde Cathedral was the main church of the diocese. The bishop resided in the Bishop's House (Bispegården) in Copenhagen.

History

The Diocese of Zealand was established in 1537 replacing the Catholic Diocese of Roskilde following the Reformation of Denmark.

The until then Catholic Roskilde Cathedral remained the cathedral and the official residence of the bishop was in Copenhagen as had been the case for his Catholic predecessors, although now in the former city hall which became the new Bishop's House.[2]

In 1922, the diocese was divided into the Diocese of Copenhagen and the Diocese of Roskilde. Harald Ostenfeld, the last Bishop of Zealand, continued as Bishop of Copenhagen while Henry Fonnesbech-Wulff became Bishop of Roskilde.

Bishops of Zealand

List of prefects (Stiftamtmænd)

  • 1660 – 1661: Ove Skade
  • 1662 – 1682: Johan Christopher Körbitz
  • 1682 – 1717: Otto Krabbe
  • 1717 – 1721: Frederik Christian von Adeler
  • 1721 – 1729: Rudolph von Gersdorff
  • 1729 – 1730: Christian Frederik Holstein
  • 1730 – 1735: Johan Ludvig Holstein
  • 1735 – 1748: Niels Gersdorff
  • 1749 – 1750: Conrad Ditlev Reventlow
  • 1750 – 1750: Adolph Andreas von der Lühe
  • 1750 – 1764: Holger Skeel
  • 1764 – 1776: Eggert Christoffer Knuth
  • 1776 – 1787: Henrik Adam Brockenhuus
  • 1787 – 1790: Gregers Christian Haxthausen
  • 1790 – 1802: Johan Heinrich Knuth
  • 1802 – 1810: Frederik Hauch
  • 1810 – 1816: Werner Jasper Andreas Moltke
  • 1816 – 1821: Christopher Schøller Bülow
  • 1821 – 1831: Frederik von Lowzow
  • 1831 – 1850: Julius Knuth
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  • 1909 – 1911: Frederik de Jonquières
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  • 1915 – 1922: Emil Ammentorp (Continued in the Dioceses of Copenhagen and Roskilde)

See also

References

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