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The Swiss Bishops' Conference (SBC) (German: Schweizer Bischofskonferenz; French: Conférence des évêques suisses; Italian: Conferenza dei Vescovi svizzeri) is the coordinating body of the Catholic dioceses in Switzerland. It was founded in 1863 as the world's first Bishops Conference and is a member of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences.

It meets quarterly and comprises 14 members: the bishops of the six dioceses of Switzerland, the auxiliary bishops and the two abbots of Saint-Maurice and Einsiedeln.


Territorial abbeys


  • Pierre-François de Preux, Bishop of Sion (1863-1875)
  • Marilley Etienne, bishop of Lausanne (1876-1879)
  • Karl Johann Greith, Bishop of St. Gallen (1880-1881)
  • Eugene Lachat, Bishop of Basel (1882-1886)
  • Gaspard Mermillod, Bishop of Lausanne and Geneva (1887-1890)
  • Adrien Jardinier, Bishop of Sion (1891-1894)
  • Augustine Egger, Bishop of St. Gallen (1895-1905)
  • John Fidelis Battaglia, Bishop of Chur (1906-1911)
  • Jules-Maurice Abbet, Bishop of Sion (1912-1917)
  • Jakob Stammler, Bishop of Basle-Lugano (1918-1924)
  • Georg Schmid Grüneck, Bishop of Chur (1925-1931)
  • Aurelio Bacciarini, Apostolic Administrator of the Tessin (1932-1933)
  • Victor Biel, Bishop of Sion (1935-1951)
  • Angelo Jelmini, Apostolic Administrator of Lugano (1952-1967)
  • Vonderach John, Bishop of Chur (1967-1970)
  • Nestor Adam, Bishop of Sion (1970-1976)
  • Anton Hänggi, bishop of Basel (1976-1977)
  • Pierre Mamie, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg (1977-1979)
  • Otmar Maeder, Bishop of St. Gallen (1980-1982)
  • Henri Schwery, Bishop of Sion (1983-1988)
  • Joseph Candolfi, Auxiliary Bishop of Basel (1989-1991), illegally, not because the diocesan bishop. Complaint of Rome.
  • Pierre Mamie, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg (1992-1994) (2x)
  • Henri Salina CRA, abbot of Saint-Maurice (1995-1997)
  • Amédée Grab OSB, Bishop of Chur (1998-2006)
  • Kurt Koch, Bishop of Basel (2007-2009)
  • Norbert Brunner, Bishop of Sion (2010-2012)
  • Markus Büchel, Bishop of St. Gallen (2013-2015)
  • Charles Morerod, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg (2016-2018)

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