Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington

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Diocese of Arlington
Dioecesis Arlingtonensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester
Ecclesiastical province Baltimore
Coordinates 38°52′14.4″N 77°06′12.2″W / 38.870667°N 77.103389°W / 38.870667; -77.103389
Statistics
Area 6,541 sq mi (16,940 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
2,968,486
453,916 (15%)
Parishes 68
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established May 28, 1974 (1974-05-28)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Thomas More
Patron saint St. Thomas More
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde
Metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev. William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
Map
Diocese of Arlington map 1.jpg
Website
www.arlingtondiocese.org
Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington
Diocesan offices are located in this office building on North Glebe Road.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington (Latin: Dioecesis Arlingtonensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southern United States. The Diocese of Arlington comprises 68 parishes located in the 21 northern-most counties within the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland, and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester.[1] Bishop Paul S. Loverde is the ordinary of the Diocese of Arlington. His residence is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington County, Virginia.[2] In 2013, there were 256 priests and 453,916 registered Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington.[3] The total population within the Diocese of Arlington, Catholic and non-Catholic, was 2,968,486.[3]

The Diocese of Arlington also has two missions in the Dominican Republic—Bánica Mission Parish and Pedro Santana Mission Parish, which are overseen by the diocesan Office of the Propagation of the Faith. The Director of the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese of Arlington is currently Fr. Patrick L. Posey, who also serves as Pastor of St. James Church in Falls Church.[4]

The diocese was canonically erected on May 28, 1974 by Pope Paul VI.[5][6] The parishes which the Diocese of Arlington comprises were ceded from the neighboring Diocese of Richmond.

Bishops[edit]

The founding bishop of the diocese, Thomas Jerome Welsh, was installed on August 13, 1974.[7] Bishop Welsh served until February 8, 1983, when he was transferred by Pope John Paul II to become bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[8] Welsh was previously auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

The second bishop of the diocese, John Richard Keating, was ordained as Bishop of Arlington on August 4, 1983,[9] and served until his death March 22, 1998.[10] Bishop Keating was previously Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde, previously bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, was installed as the diocese's third bishop March 25, 1999.[11]

Catholic colleges and universities[edit]

Catholic high schools[edit]

* School operates independently but is recognized as a Catholic school by the Diocese.

Parishes[edit]

As listed in the Official Parish Locator for the Diocese of Arlington:[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory p. iv.
  2. ^ Andreassi, Anthony D. (2002). Walking in Faith: the first 25 Years. A History of the Diocese of Arlington, Editions du Signe: Strasbourg. ISBN 2-7468-0625-8 (This is an official history—see p. 3.)
  3. ^ a b About Us; Did You Know...; Fast Facts Official Diocesan Website. Accessed November 2013.
  4. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory pp. 12, 63.
  5. ^ Andreassi, p. 5.
  6. ^ "Diocese of Arlington" catholic-hierarchy.org. Accessed November 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Andreassi, p. 33.
  8. ^ Andreassi, p. 37.
  9. ^ Andreassi, p. 39.
  10. ^ Andreassi, p. 43.
  11. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory. p. v.
  12. ^ Official Parish Locator for the Diocese of Arlington
  13. ^ All Saints, Manassas
  14. ^ Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Manassas
  15. ^ Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria
  16. ^ Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington
  17. ^ Christ the Redeemer, Sterling

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