Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville

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Diocese of Nashville
Dioecesis Nashvillensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory Middle Tennessee
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Louisville
Population
- Catholics

70,633 (3.4%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 28, 1837
Cathedral Cathedral of the Incarnation
Patron saint St. Joseph
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David Raymond Choby
Bishop of Nashville
Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
Map
Diocese of Nashville map.PNG
Website
dioceseofnashville.com

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville (Latin: Dioecesis Nashvillensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Tennessee. It was founded on July 28, 1837 by the Dominican Bishop Richard Pius Miles. The Cathedral Church of the Incarnation is the seat of the Bishops of Nashville.

History[edit]

Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville

Extent of diocese[edit]

Prior to 1970, the diocese encompassed the entire state. At that time, Pope Paul VI removed the westernmost counties in the state to create the new Diocese of Memphis; 18 years later, Pope John Paul II removed the easternmost counties to create the Diocese of Knoxville.

The diocese today[edit]

The remnant Nashville diocese now encompasses roughly the counties in the Middle Grand Division of the state, with the majority of its membership living in Nashville and surrounding suburbs. However, some parishes outside that area have seen considerable growth in recent times due to the influx of Hispanic immigrants settling in some smaller communities; often, the Spanish-speaking membership outnumbers the English-speaking communicants in such churches.

A study released in 2014 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University cited the Diocese of Nashville as having the 8th highest rate of conversions to Catholicism.[1]

The cathedral of the diocese is the Cathedral of the Incarnation, located on West End Avenue in Nashville, close to the Vanderbilt University campus. St. Mary's Church, located in downtown, served as the diocese's cathedral until 1914.

Ordinaries[edit]

The following is a list of Bishops who served the Diocese of Nashville, along with their dates of service:

Current parishes and missions[edit]

Nashville area[edit]

Antioch
  • St. Ignatius
Brentwood
  • Holy Family
Franklin
  • St. Matthew
  • St. Phillip
Gallatin
  • St. John Vianney
Hendersonville
  • Our Lady of the Lake
Joelton
  • St. Lawrence
Lebanon
  • St. Frances Cabrini
Nashville
  • Cathedral of the Incarnation
  • Assumption
  • Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (college chaplaincy at Vanderbilt University)
  • Christ the King
  • Holy Name
  • Holy Rosary
  • Mary, Queen of Angels
  • Our Lady of Guadaloupe
  • St. Anne
  • St. Edward
  • St. Henry
  • St. Mary of the Seven Dolors (protocathedral)
  • St. Patrick
  • St. Pius X
  • St. Vincent de Paul
Old Hickory
  • St. Stephen

Outside Nashville[edit]

Alto
  • St. Margaret Mary (mission)
Ashland City
  • St. Martha
Cedar Hill
Celina
  • Divine Savior (mission)
Centerville
  • Christ the Redeemer
Clarksville
  • Immaculate Conception
Columbia
  • St. Catherine
Cookeville
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
Decherd
  • Good Shepherd
Dickson
  • St. Christopher
Dover
  • St. Francis of Assisi
Fayetteville
  • St. Anthony
Hohenwald
  • Holy Trinity
Lafeyette
  • Holy Family
Lawrenceburg
  • Sacred Heart
Lewisburg
  • St. John the Evangelist[2]
Loretto
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Joseph
Madison
  • St. Joseph
Manchester
  • St. Mark
McEwen
  • St. Patrick
McMinnville
  • St. Catherine
Murfreesboro
  • St. Rose of Lima. When this church was proposed, the Ku Klux Klan organized a march against it in 1929. The church predominately served Irish, Italian, and German immigrants.[3]
Pulaski
  • Immaculate Conception
Shelbyville
  • St. William
Smithville
  • St. Gregory
Smyrna
  • St. Luke
Sparta
  • St. Andrew
Spring Hill
  • Nativity
Springfield
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
Tennessee Ridge
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Tullahoma
  • St. Paul the Apostle
Waynesboro
  • St. Cecilia

Catholic education[edit]

Primary and middle schools[edit]

Nashville area[edit]

Franklin[edit]
  • St. Matthew School (K-8)
Gallatin[edit]
  • St. John Vianney School (Pre K—8)
Nashville[edit]
  • Christ the King (Pre K—8)
  • Holy Rosary Academy (K-8)
  • Overbrook School (Pre K—8)
  • St. Ann School (Pre K—8)
  • St. Bernard Academy(Pre K—8)
  • St. Edward School (Pre K—8)
  • St. Henry School (Pre K—8)
  • St. Pius X Classical Academy (Pre K—8)
Madison[edit]
  • St. Joseph School (Pre K—8)

Outside Nashville[edit]

Clarksville[edit]
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary School (Pre K—8)
Decherd[edit]
  • Good Shepherd School (Pre K—8)
Lawrenceburg[edit]
  • Sacred Heart School (Pre K—8)
Loretto[edit]
  • Sacred Heart School (Pre K—8)
McEwen[edit]
  • St. Patrick School (Pre K—8)
Murfreesboro[edit]
  • St. Rose of Lima School (K-8)
Tullahoma[edit]
  • St. Paul the Apostle School (K—8)

High schools[edit]

Colleges[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portrait of the American Catholic Convert: Strength in New Numbers". http://nineteensixty-four.blogspot.com/. Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.thecatholicdirectory.com/directory.cfm?fuseaction=display_site_info&siteid=57343
  3. ^ Smietana, Bob (24 October 2010). "Cultural acceptance hard to find in Tennessee town". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 2A. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°9′2″N 86°47′59″W / 36.15056°N 86.79972°W / 36.15056; -86.79972