Bishop of Chur
The Bishop of Chur is the Ordinary
In those hierarchically organised churches of Western Christianity which have an ecclesiastical law system, an ordinary is an officer of the church who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute the church's laws...

 of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chur
Diocese of Chur
The Diocese of Chur comprises the Swiss Cantons of Graubünden , Schwyz, Glarus, Zurich, Nidwalden, Obwalden and Uri.-History:A Bishop of Chur is first mentioned in 451/ 452 when its Bishop Saint Asimo attended the Synod of Milan, but probably existed a century earlier...

, Grisons, Switzerland
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 (Latin: Dioecesis Curiensis).


A Bishop of Chur is first mentioned in 451/452 when Asinius attended the Synod of Milan
Synod of Milan
There are at least four synods that can be called Synod of Milan , all of which took place in Mediolanum .- Synod of 345 :...

, but probably existed a century earlier. According to local traditions, the first Bishop of Chur was St. Lucius
Lucius of Britain
Saint Lucius is a legendary 2nd-century King of the Britons traditionally credited with introducing Christianity into Britain. Lucius is first mentioned in a 6th-century version of the Liber Pontificalis, which says that he sent a letter to Pope Eleuterus asking to be made a Christian...

, a reputed King of Britain, who is said to have died a martyr at Chur about the year 176, and whose relics are preserved in the cathedral. In the 7th century it acquired several territories south to the Lake of Constance. The see was at first suffragan to the archbishop of Milan
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital city of the region of Lombardy and of the province of Milan. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area, roughly coinciding with its administrative province and the bordering Province of Monza and Brianza ,...

, but after the treaty of Verdun
Treaty of Verdun
The Treaty of Verdun was a treaty between the three surviving sons of Louis the Pious, the son and successor of Charlemagne, which divided the Carolingian Empire into three kingdoms...

 (843) it became suffragan to Mainz
Mainz under the Holy Roman Empire, and previously was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire...

. In 958 emperor Otto I
Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor
Otto I the Great , son of Henry I the Fowler and Matilda of Ringelheim, was Duke of Saxony, King of Germany, King of Italy, and "the first of the Germans to be called the emperor of Italy" according to Arnulf of Milan...

 gave the bishopric to his vassal Hartpert, along which numerous privileges, including the control over the Septimer Pass
Septimer Pass
Septimer Pass is a high mountain pass in the canton of Graubünden in the Swiss Alps between the valleys of Bregaglia and Oberhalbstein ....

, at the time the main crossing point across the central Alps. These concession strengthened the bishopric's temporal power, and later it became a princedom within the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
The Holy Roman Empire was a realm that existed from 962 to 1806 in Central Europe.It was ruled by the Holy Roman Emperor. Its character changed during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, when the power of the emperor gradually weakened in favour of the princes...


At the time of the Hohenstaufen emperors (12th-early 13th centuries), the bishops of Chur sided for them, which for a period led to existence of two bishops at the same time, the other being named by the popes. In the 14th century bishop Siegfried von Gelnhausen acquired the imperial diocese of Chur from the Barons Von Vaz and represented emperor Henry VII
Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor
Henry VII was the King of Germany from 1308 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1312. He was the first emperor of the House of Luxembourg...

 in Italy.

In 1803 the see became immediately subject to the Holy See. Until 1997, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vaduz had been part of the diocese of Chur.

List of Bishops of Chur

Term Bishop Notes
452-455 Asinio
ca. 460 Pruritius
ca. 470 Claudian
ca. 485 Ursicinus I
ca. 495 Sidonius
ca. 520 Eddo
530-546 Valentinianus
548-? Paulinus
ca. 590 Theodore
ca. 614 Victor I
Victor I, Bishop of Chur
Victor I was an 7th-century bishop of Chur, the first of the Victorid family which was to control the bishopric and the province of Rhaetia until the early ninth century.On 10 October 614 he signed the canons of the Fifth Council of Paris on church discipline...

? Verendarius ?
?-681 Ruthard
681-696 Paschal
696?-712 Victor II
Victor II, Bishop of Chur
Victor II was an 8th-century bishop of Chur of the Victorid family which had controlled the bishopric and the province of Rhaetia since the early seventh century....

712-735 Vigilius
ca. 740 Adalbert
754-760 Ursicinus II
759-765 Tello
Tello was the Bishop of Chur from 758/759 until his death. He was the last member of the ecclesiastical dynasty of the Victorids to wield power in Rhaetia through his control of the bishopric...

773-800? Constantius
800-820 Remigius
820-833 Victor III
Victor III, Bishop of Chur
Victor III was the Bishop of Chur from after 800 until his death. He was the last member of the Victorid family to hold the bishopric of Chur and the secular power in Rhaetia concurrently....

833-844 Verendarius
844-849 Gerbrach
849-879 Hesso
879-887 Rothar
887-914 Dietholf
914-949 Waldo I
949-968 Hartbert
969-995 Hiltibold
995-1002 Waldo II
1002–1026 Ulrich I
1026–1039 Hartmann I
1039–1070 Dietmar
1070–1078 Heinrich I
1079–1088 Norbert
1089–1095 Ulrich II von Tarasp
1095–1122 Guido
1122–1142 Konrad I von Biberegg
1142–1150 Konrad II von Tegerfelden
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1150–1160 Adalgod
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1160–1170 Egino von Ehrenfels
1170–1179 Ulrich III von Tegerfelden
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1179–1180 Bruno von Ehrenfels
1180–1193 Heinrich II von Arbon
1194?-1200 Arnold I von Matsch 
1200–1209 Rainier
1209 Walter von Tegerfelden
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1209–1221 Arnold II von Matsch 
1221–1222 Heinrich III von Realta and/or

Albrecht von Güttingen, Abbot of St. Gall 
1222–1226 Rudolf I von Güttingen
1226–1233 Berthold Graf von Helfenstein 
1233–1237 Ulrich IV Graf von Kyburg
House of Kyburg
The House of Kyburg was family of Grafen or counts from Zürich in Switzerland. The family was one of the three most powerful noble families in the Swiss plateau beside the Habsburg and the House of Savoy during the 11th and 12th Centuries...

1237–1251 Volkhard von Neuenburg
1251–1272 Heinrich IV Graf von Montfort 
1272–1282 Konrad III von Belmont
1282–1290 Friedrich I Graf von Montfort 
1290–1298 Berthold II Graf von Heiligenberg 
1298 Hugo Graf von Montfort 
1298–1321 Siegfried von Geilnhausen
1321–1324 Rudolf II Graf von Montfort 
1324–1325 Hermann von Eichenbach
1325–1331 Johann I von Pfefferhart
1331–1355 Ulrich V von Lenzburg
Lenzburg is a town in the central region of the Swiss canton Aargau and is the capital of the district of the same name. The town, founded in the Middle Ages, lies in the Seetal valley, about 3 kilometres south of the Aare river. Lenzburg and the neighbouring municipalities of Niederlenz and...

1355–1368 Peter Gelyto 
1368–1376 Friedrich II von Erdingen
1376–1388 Johann II von Ehingen
1388–1390 Bartholomew
1390–1416 Hartmann II Graf von Werdenberg-Sargans 
1416–1417 Johann III Ambundi
Johannes Ambundii
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1417–1440 Johann IV Naso
1440–1441 Konrad IV von Rechberg
For the mountain, see Rechberg .Rechberg was the name of a noble comital family in Swabia during the Holy Roman Empire period.*Ulrich I von Rechberg, ca. 1140-1206, auf Hohenrechberg, Swabian Marescalc, married Edilhardis von Ramis and Berchterad von Biberbach*Hildebrand von Rechberg, fl...

1441–1453 Heinrich V von Höwen Bishop of Constance
1453–1458 Leonhard Wyssmayer
1458–1491 Ortlieb von Brandis 
1491–1503 Heinrich VI von Höwen
1503–1541 Paul Ziegler von Ziegelberg
1541–1548 Licius Iter
1548–1565 Thomas Planta
1565–1581 Beatus à Porta
1581–1601 Peter II von Rascher
1601–1627 Giovanni V
1627–1635 Joseph Mohr, von Zernez
1636–1661 Giovanni VI
1661–1692 Ulrich VI di Monte-Villa
1692–1728 Ulrich VII von Federspiel
1728–1754 Joseph Benedict von Rost
1755–1777 Johann Anton von Federspiel
1777–1794 Franz Dionysius von Rost
1794–1833 Karl Rudolf Graf von Buol-Schauenstein
Karl Rudolf Graf von Buol-Schauenstein
Karl Rudolf Graf von Buol-Schauenstein was Bishop of Chur in Graubünden, Switzerland who also served as the last prince-bishop of Chur....

last prince-bishop
A Prince-Bishop is a bishop who is a territorial Prince of the Church on account of one or more secular principalities, usually pre-existent titles of nobility held concurrently with their inherent clerical office...

 (until 1803)
1834–1844 Johann Georg Bossi
1844–1859 Kaspar I de Carl ab Hohenbalken
1859–1876 Nikolaus Franz Florentini
1877–1879 Kaspar II Willi
1879–1888 Franz Konstantin Rampa
1888–1908 Johannes Fidelis Battaglia
1908–1932 Georg Schmid von Grüneck
1932–1941 Laurenz Matthias Vincenz
1941–1962 Cristiano Caminada
1962–1990 Johannes Vonderach 
1990–1997 Wolfgang Haas
Wolfgang Haas
Wolfgang Haas is the first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Vaduz in Liechtenstein. He was ordained a priest as well as incardinated in Chur on April 7, 1974. At the request of the bishop of Chur Johannes Vonderach, Haas was appointed to the position of coadjutor bishop of Chur on March 25,...

1997–2007 Amédée Grab 
From 2007 Vitus Huonder
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