The Bishop

On April 8, 2009, Stephan Ackermann said, among other things, at a press conference on the occasion of his appointment as Bishop of Trier:

“I have enjoyed the spring sunshine a bit in front of my house the last few days; I looked at the Cathedral, which, of course, can be seen from my garden with its entire north side.

It leapt to mind ‘You’re looking at your future Cathedral – and it remains totally unimpressed. It’s sitting there calm as could be just like yesterday and day before yesterday and through how many centuries.’ That, too, had a very calming effect on me.”

Dr. Stephan Ackermann has been Bishop of Germany’s oldest diocese since April 8 (appointment by Pope Benedict XVI), 2009, with inauguration and enthronement on May 24, 2009.

The Trier Bishops since the Beginning

According to different counts, Stephan Ackermann is the 100th or the 103rd Bishop of Trier. In the end, it cannot be determined which number is really the correct one. At any rate, the following is a list of 99 predecessors as Bishops of Trier:

Euchariusafter AD 250
Valeriusafter 250
Maternusafter 300
Agritius314/329
Maximinus329/346
Paulinus347-358
Bonosus358-373
Britto374/386
Felix386/399
Mauritius399-407
Legontius414-445
Severus449
Cyrillus450/458
Jamlichusaround 475
Emerusbefore 500
Marusbefore 500
Volusianusbefore 500
Miletusbefore 500
Modestusbefore 500
Maximinianus502
Fibicius511/525
Abrunculus525/26
Nicetius526/566
Magnerich566-586
Gunderich600
Sabaudus614
Moduald622-647
Numerianus650/697
Basinus705
Liutwinus705-715
Milo715-753
Wiomad757-791
Richbod791-804
Wizzo805-809
Amalarius809-814
Hetti814-847
Theutgaud847-868
Bertolf869-883
Radbod883-915
Ruotger915-931
Ruotbert931-956
Heinrich I.956-964
Theoderich I.965-977
Egbert977-993
Ludolf994-1008
Megingaud1008-1015
Poppo von Babenberg 1016-1047
Eberhard 1047-1066
Kuno I. von Pfullingen1066
Udo von Nellenburg 1066-1078
Egilbert von Ortenburg1079-1101
Bruno von Bretten1102-1124
Gottfried von Falmagne1124-1127
Meginher von Falmagne1127-1130

Albero von Montreuil

1131-1152

Hillin von Falmagne

1152-1169

Arnold I. von Valcourt

1169-1189

Johann I.

1169-1212

Theoderich II. von Wied

1212-1242

Arnold II. von Isenburg

1242-1259

Heinrich II. von Finstingen

1260-1286

Boemund I. von Warsberg

1289-1299

Diether von Nassau

1300-1307

Balduin von Luxemburg

1307-1354

Boemund II. von Saarbrücken

1354-1362

Kuno II. von Falkenstein

1362-1388

Werner von Falkenstein

1388-1418

Otto von Ziegenhain

1418-1430

Rhaban von Helmstätt

1430-1439

Jakob I. von Sierck

1439-1456

Johann II. von Baden

1456-1503

Jakob II. von Baden

1503-1511

Richard v. Greiffenklau zu Vollrads

1511-1531

Johann III. von Metzenhausen

1531-1540

Johann IV. Ludwig von Hagen

1540-1547

Johann V. von Isenburg

1547-1556

Johann VI. von der Leyen

1556-1567

Jakob III. von Eltz

1567-1581

Johann VII. von Schönenberg

1581-1599

Lothar von Metternich

1599-1623

Philipp Christoph von Sötern

1623-1652

Karl Kaspar von der Leyen

1652-1676

Johann Hugo von Orsbeck

1676-1711

Karl Josef von Lothringen

1711-1715

Franz Ludwig von Pfalz-Neuburg

1716-1729

Franz Georg von Schönborn

1729-1756

Johann Philipp von Walderdorf

1756-1768

Klemens Wenzeslaus von Sachsen

1768-1801

Charles Mannay

1802-1816

Josef von Hommer

1824-1836

Wilhelm Arnoldi

1842-1864

Leopold Pelldram

1865-1867

Matthias Eberhard

1867-1876

Michael Felix Korum

1881-1921

Franz Rudolf Bornewasser

1922-1951

Matthias Wehr

1951-1967

Bernhard Stein

1967-1980

Hermann Josef Spital

1981-2001

Reinhard Marx

2002-2008

Stephan Ackermann

2009-