Dioceses in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vrhbosna's church province includes four dioceses and the Military Ordinariate: Vrhbosna (Sarajevo) Archdiocese which has suffragans: Banja Luka diocese, diocese of Mostar-Duvno and diocese of Trebinje-Mrkan. Today it is territoriality within the borders of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Vrhbosna (Sarajevo) archdiocese

Vrhbosna (Sarajevo) archdiocese is territoriality the largest (22 401 km2). It covers the central and north-eastern part of Bosnia, and its centre is in Sarajevo. It has four arch-deaneries, 13 deaneries and 153 parishes plus 2 branches.
The archdiocese is under divine protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and co patrons are Blessed Virgin Mary and st. Joseph. 
In the Vrhbosna archdiocese during the war and post-war period 44 parish churches were completely destroyed, 34 were heavily damaged  and 23 more partially damaged, all together 690 church objects were in one way damaged. Today, almost entirely all the parish churches and other parish objects are restored.



Diocese of Banja Luka

Diocese of Banja Luka covers an area of 16 457 km2, and it covers north-west area of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has six deaneries and 48 parishes. Protector of the parish is st. Bonaventura.
In the last war seven priests and one nun were killed or died from severe abuse. 
In the Banja Luka diocese during the war, from 1991. to 1995., and post-war period 16 parish churches were completely destroyed, heavily damaged 8 churches and 11 of them were lightly damaged. All together 204 church objects were damaged. To date, ruined and damaged churches  and church objects have mostly been or still are being renovated.
In the area of Banja Luka diocese there is a Greek Catholic Vicariate of Bosnia and Herzegovina with seven parishes.



Diocese of Mostar-Duvno 

Diocese of Mostar-Duvno spreads on the area of 8 368 km2, and it lies on the south and south-west part of Herzegovina. It has eight deaneries and 67 parishes (+ one independent chaplaincy). The divine protector of the diocese is st. Joseph, fiance of Blessed Virgin Mary.
During the war and post war period five parish churches were completely destroyed and 12 heavily damaged. All together 106 church objects were damaged. To date, ruined and damaged parish churches and other church objects are almost entirely restored.



Diocese of Trebinje-Mrkan

Diocese of Trebinje-Mrkan is the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has the area of 3 861 km2, and it covers the area on the left bank of river Neretva, that is southeast part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has two deaneries and 15 parishes. Protector of the diocese is st. Michael the Archangel. 



Military ordinariate

Military ordinariate in Bosnia and Herzegovina was established on February 1st 2011. by pope Benedict XVI. On the same day first military bishop  msgr. Dr. Tomo Vukšić, priest of diocese Mostar-Duvno.

In the area of Vrhbosnas church province there are two Franciscian provinces: Bosna srebrena and Herzegovina Franciscan province.

Beside diocesan priests in Vrhbosna metropoly, there are: Franciscans, Salesians, Jesuits, Trappists and one Dominican priest.
With the decision of pope Benedict XVI. since February 4th 2006., Vrhbosna's ecclesiastical territory is exempted from the jurisdiction of Congregation for the Evangelization of the people, and placed under temporary jurisdiction of the Secretariat of state  of the Holy See with the intention to pass over under the regular jurisdiction Congregation for Bishops.



Statistical data

  • At the end of 2014., on the present teritory of Bosnia and Hezegovina there were 286 catholic parishes.
  • Vrhbosna archdiocese had 153 parishes (+ 2 branches)
  • Mostar-Duvno diocese had 67 parishes (+1 independent chaplaincy)
  • Diocese of Banja Luka had48 parishes
  • Diocese of Trebinje-Mrkan had 15 parishes
  • Divine protectors of Catholics in Bosnia and Herzegovina are st. Elijah the Prophet and st. George the martyr.


Vocations in Bosnia and Herzegovina

According to the data at the end of 2014, total number of priests that work and live in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 578. Of that number, 247 are diocesan priests and 331 monks. Total number of nuns working and residing an Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of 2014 was 509.