Roman Catholic Diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno

Diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno

Dioecesis Latinensis-Terracinensis-Setina-Privernensis
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately subject to the Holy See
Area1,371 km2 (529 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
310,778 (98%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1st century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Marco (Latina)
Co-cathedralConcattedrale di S. Cesareo (Terracina)
Concattedrale di S. Maria (Sezze)
Concattedrale di S. Maria Annunziata (Priverno)
Secular priests81 (diocesan)
60 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
BishopMariano Crociata

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno (Latin: Dioecesis Latinensis-Terracinensis-Setina-Privernensis), in Lazio, has existed under this name since 1986. It is the historic Diocese of Terracina, Priverno e Sezze, created in 1217, when the Diocese of Terracina was combined with the Diocese of Priverno and the Diocese of Sezze. It is immediately subject to the Holy See.[1][2]


According to tradition, the first bishop of Terracina was St. Epaphroditus. The most ancient Christian record of the city is that of the martyrdom of St. Julianus, priest, and St. Cæsareus, deacon, who were cast into the sea under the emperor Trajan; in the third century St. Quartus (bishop?) suffered.

The first bishop whose date is known with certainty is Sabinus (313). Among his successors were:

  • an African priest, St. Silvianus, a fugitive during the Vandal persecution (about 443);
  • Petrus (590), during whose episcopate the Jews were persecuted so severely in Terracina that Gregory the Great had to intervene;
  • under Agnellus, former Bishop of Fundi, which city had been destroyed, the two dioceses were unite.

The last three letters only of the name of another Bishop of Terracina, ... vsa, are preserved in an inscription (Corp. Inscr. Lat., X, I, 6419).

The sees of Piperno (Privernum) and Sezze (Setia), situated on the side of the Lepinian hills, were united to Terracina. The union of the three dioceses was confirmed by Pope Honorius III (1217) during the episcopate of Simeone.

In 1725 Pope Benedict XIII restored the See of Piperno and Sezze, declaring them united œque principaliter. Bishop Francesco Antonio Mondelli (1805) was exiled in 1809, for refusing to take the oath of loyalty to Napoleon. The Cistercian Abbey of Fossa Nuova is within the territory of this see. The diocese, which is immediately subject to the Holy See,[3]


Diocese of Terracina[edit]

Erected: 1st Century
Latin Name: Terracinensis

Diocese of Terracina, Priverno e Sezze[edit]

United: 17 January 1217 with the Diocese of Priverno and the Diocese of Sezze
Latin Name: Terracinensis, Privernensis et Setinus
Immediately Subject to the Holy See

  • Joannes (969), who made the vow that the inhabitants of the city should offer each year 6,000 eels to the monastery of Monte Cassino;
  • Ambrosius (1066), a Benedictine and ecclesiastical reformer;
  • Gregorius (1106), a Benedictine surnamed Columna Ecclesiœ.
  • Giovanni (1362), O.Min., who consecrated the cathedral;

Diocese of Terracina-Latina, Priverno e Sezze[edit]

Name Changed: 12 September 1967
Latin Name: Terracinensis-Latinensis, Privernensis et Setinus
Immediately Subject to the Holy See

  • Arrigo Pintonello (12 Sep 1967 – 25 Jun 1971 Resigned)
  • Enrico Romolo Compagnone, O.C.D. (9 Mar 1972 – 22 Dec 1983 Retired)
  • Domenico Pecile (22 Dec 1983 – 27 Jun 1998 Retired)

Diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno[edit]

Name Changed: 30 September 1986
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Rome

  • Giuseppe Petrocchi (27 Jun 1998 – 8 Jun 2013 Appointed Archbishop of L'Aquila)
  • Mariano Crociata (19 Nov 2013 – )


  1. ^ "Diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 20, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Latina–Terracina–Sezze–Priverno" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved March 20. 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. ^ a b c d e Eubel, Konrad (1914). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi. Vol. II (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. p. 248. (in Latin)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Eubel, Konrad (1923). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi. Vol. III (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. p. 310. (in Latin)
  6. ^ Mora was present at the Fifth Lateran Council .
  7. ^ Orlandi, Cesare. Delle città d'Italia e sue isole adjacenti compendiose notizie sacre, e profane compilate. p. 60.
  8. ^ nuncio in Switzerland and Spain
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. p. 330.
  10. ^ Bernardo M. Conti was brother of Pope Innocent XIII and a cardinal.



Coordinates: 41°28′00″N 12°54′00″E / 41.4667°N 12.9000°E / 41.4667; 12.9000