The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pilsen is the second youngest diocese in the Czech republic. It was founded on May 31, 1993, by Pope John Paul II. Its area takes up most of the Pilsen Region, the Region of Karlovy Vary and also includes several municipalities of the Usti Region and the Central Bohemia Region. It was first led by Msgr. František Radkovský who, after almost 23 years, was succeeded by Msgr. Tomáš Holub. The latter’s ordination on April 30, 2016 was historically the first one the Diocese has witnessed.
The patron saint of the Diocese of Pilsen is Blessed Hroznata, a West Bohemian aristocrat and knight who lived at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries. His grave can be found in the church of the Abbey of Tepl. In September 2004, the process of his canonisation began.