Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

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Diocese of Brooklyn
Dioecesis Bruklyniensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.svg
Coat of arms
Flag of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.svg
Flag
Location
Country United States
Territory Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County)
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of New York
Metropolitan 310 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
Statistics
Area 179 sq mi (460 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
4,865,000
1,453,000 (29.9%)
Parishes 206
Schools 119
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 29, 1853
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. James
Co-cathedral Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Secular priests 544
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
Metropolitan Archbishop Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Auxiliary Bishops Octavio Cisneros
Paul Robert Sanchez
Raymond Francis Chappetto
Emeritus Bishops Thomas Vose Daily
René Arnold Valero
Guy Sansaricq
Map
Diocese of Brooklyn map 1.png
Website
dioceseofbrooklyn.org
The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn (top) and Saint Joseph Church in Prospect Heights, named co-cathedral in February 2013 (bottom)

The Diocese of Brooklyn is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. state of New York. It is headquartered in Brooklyn and its territory encompasses the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of New York. The diocesan cathedral is the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn and its co-cathedral is the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights. The current diocesan bishop is Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio.

The diocese was established in 1853 out of the territory of the Archdiocese of New York, at a time when Brooklyn was still a separate city from New York City.[1] It originally included all of Long Island, but its present-day territory was established in 1957 when Nassau and Suffolk Counties were split to form the Diocese of Rockville Centre.[2]

Brooklyn is one of the few dioceses in the United States that is made up of 100% urban territory.[3]

The Bishop of Brooklyn presides from the Cathedral Basilica of St. James. Many major ceremonies, however, are held at the much larger Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Sunset Park neighborhood in southern Brooklyn[citation needed].

On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named two priests as Auxiliary Bishops of Brooklyn.[4][5][6]

Bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn[edit]

Ordinaries[edit]

Auxiliaries[edit]

Priests who have served in the Diocese of Brooklyn[edit]

Education[edit]

The bishop is also the true principal of the diocese's pre-seminary high school, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. As of March 2009, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is the only full-time high school seminary in the nation[citation needed]. Three Diocesan and/or parish high schools are under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens[citation needed].

High schools[edit]

There are three Diocesan and/or parish high schools under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. While the Catholic high schools below may geographically lie within the diocese, most are run independently of it. [7]

Brooklyn

Queens

Elementary schools[edit]

Queen of All Saints School, Fort Greene

There were 116 Diocesan and parish elementary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens in March 2009. In the fall of 2009, a new free tuition school called the Pope John Paul II Family Academy [8] opened [9] at St. Barbara's School in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The following eight schools have closed,[10] reducing the total number of schools to 111:

  • Flatbush Catholic Academy
  • Most Precious Blood School
  • St. Benedict Joseph Labre School
  • St. Catherine of Sienna School
  • St. Aloysius School
  • St. Ann School
  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • Ss. Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy

Cemeteries[edit]

There are nine Roman Catholic cemeteries serving the Diocese of Brooklyn[citation needed].

Brooklyn

Queens

  • Saint John Cemetery
  • Mount St. Mary Cemetery
  • St. Monica Cemetery
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery
  • Calvary

Outside of the Diocese of Brooklyn

  • St. Charles / Resurrection Cemeteries
  • Trinity Cemetery
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery

Hospitals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org/about/diocesan_stats.aspx
  2. ^ Who We Are," Diocese of Rockville Centre website (accessed 2009-November–02).
  3. ^ Coen, Joseph W.; McNamara, Patrick, J.; Vaccari, Peter I. Diocese of Immigrants: The Brooklyn Catholic Experience 1853-2003, Éditions du Signe, 2004. ISBN 2-7468-0912-5. p. 120
  4. ^ http://www.news.va/en/news/other-pontifical-acts-162
  5. ^ http://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/?p=1681
  6. ^ http://usccb.org/news/2012/12-074e.cfm
  7. ^ "Catholic High Schools". Diocese of Brooklyn website. Retrieved 2009-05-27. [dead link]
  8. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-27). "Rich donor aids new Catholic school for poor fams". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  9. ^ Pope John Pall II Family Academy official site
  10. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-13). "Church saves six schools, closes eight others in Brooklyn & Queens". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 73°59′11″W / 40.69694°N 73.98639°W / 40.69694; -73.98639