Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls–Billings
|Diocese of Great Falls–Billings
|Territory||Big Horn, Blaine, Carbon, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Hill, Musselshell, Park, Rosebud, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Valley, Wibaux and Yellowstone counties in Eastern Montana|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Portland|
|Established||May 18, 1904|
|Cathedral||St. Ann's Cathedral|
|Co-cathedral||St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral|
|Patron saint||St. Matthias the Apostle
St. Pius X
|Bishop||Michael William Warfel
Bishop of Great Falls–Billings
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Alexander King Sample|
|Emeritus Bishops||Anthony Michael Milone|
For its first 76 years, it was called the "Diocese of Great Falls" (Latin: Dioecesis Great-Ormensis). Bishop Thomas J. Murphy changed the name of the diocese on February 14, 1980, adding "Billings" (and also changing the way that "Great Falls" was translated into Latin).
The co-patrons of the diocese are:
- Saint Matthias, whose feast day is May 14, from the patron saint of the first bishop
- Saint Pius X, whose feast day is August 21, since this saint, while pope, erected the diocese
- Mathias Clement Lenihan (1904–1930), originally from Dubuque, Iowa.
- Edwin Vincent O'Hara (1930–1939), from Portland, Oregon.
- William Joseph Condon (1939–1967), from Spokane, Washington.
- Eldon Bernard Schuster (1967–1977), from Great Falls, Montana.
- Thomas Joseph Murphy (1978–1987), from Chicago, Illinois.
- Anthony Michael Milone (1987–2006), from Omaha, Nebraska.
- Michael William Warfel (2007–present), from Elkhart, Indiana.
- Billings Central Catholic High School - Billings
- Great Falls Central Catholic High School - Great Falls
- St. Labre Indian Catholic High School - Ashland
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- "Bishops from 1883 to the Present". Dioceseofgfb.org. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls–Billings - Official site
- Catholic Hierarchy.org - Diocese of Great Falls–Billings
- St. Ann's Cathedral - Great Falls - website
- St. Patrick's Cathedral - Billings - website
- Billings Catholic Schools - website
- Great Falls Central High School - official site
An esutchen, a small shield placed within the larger design,is in the center. This smaller shield is divided into two halves, across the middle. The upper portion is gold (yellow) on which is placed a green trefoil, a three-petal flower, which is the heraldic representation of the shamrock. The lower portion is also gold and on this field is placed a blue pile; a V-shaped charge.
In June of 1980, the Diocese of Great Falls became a dual See City diocese, now known as the Diocese of Great Falls–Billings, reflecting the growth of this region of Montana. To commemorate this change in the status of the diocese, an esutchen, a small shield placed within the larger design, has been added to the former arms of the diocese. This smaller shield is divided into two halves, across the middle. The upper portion is gold (yellow) on which is placed a green trefoil, a three-petal flower, which is the heraldic representation of the shamrock, to honor Saint Patrick, titular of the Co-Cathedral in Billings. The lower portion is also gold and on this field is placed a blue pile; a V-shaped charge. If this section is looked at alone, the gold sides that are left by cutting out the blue pile, gives the illusion of the "rimrocks", the cliffs that surround the city of Billings.
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