Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

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This article is about the diocese of Portland, Maine. For the diocese of Portland, Oregon, see Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.
Diocese of Portland
Dioecesis Portlandensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory The state of Maine
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Boston
Metropolitan Portland, Maine
Coordinates 43°41′05″N 70°16′13″W / 43.68472°N 70.27028°W / 43.68472; -70.27028Coordinates: 43°41′05″N 70°16′13″W / 43.68472°N 70.27028°W / 43.68472; -70.27028
Statistics
Population
- Total
- Catholics

1,329,000
193,228 (14.5%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 29, 1853
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Robert Deeley
Metropolitan Archbishop

Sean Patrick O'Malley

Archbishop of Boston
Emeritus Bishops Joseph John Gerry, OSB
Map
Diocese of Portland map.png
Website
portlanddiocese.net

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the New England region of the United States comprising the entire state of Maine. It is led by a bishop, and its cathedral, or motherchurch, is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the city of Portland.

The Diocese of Portland was canonically erected on July 29, 1853, by Pope Pius IX. Its territories were taken from the present-day Archdiocese of Boston in the nearby state of Massachusetts.

Richard. J. Malone was installed March 31, 2004, as the eleventh bishop of the diocese. On May 29, 2012, Malone was appointed bishop of Buffalo, New York. On December 18, 2013, Robert Deeley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Portland by Pope Francis and will be installed in a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on February 14, 2014.[1]

Bishops[edit]

Ordinaries[edit]

  1. David William Bacon (1855–1874) – Died
  2. James Augustine Healy (1875–1900) – Died
  3. William Henry O'Connell (1901–1906) – Appointed coadjutor archbishop of Boston
  4. Louis Sebastian Walsh (1906–1924) – Died
  5. John Gregory Murray (1925–1931) – Appointed archbishop of Saint Paul
  6. Joseph Edward McCarthy (1932–1955) – Died
  7. Daniel Joseph Feeney (1955–1969) – Died
  8. Peter Leo Gerety (1969–1974) – Appointed archbishop of Newark
  9. Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1974–1988) – Retired
  10. Joseph John Gerry, O.S.B. (1988–2004) – Retired
  11. Richard Joseph Malone (2004–2012) – Appointed bishop of Buffalo
  12. Robert Deeley (2014- ) - installed on February 14, 2014

Auxiliaries[edit]

  • Daniel Joseph Feeney (1946-1955) - Appointed bishop of Portland
  • Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1970-1974) - Appointed bishop of Portland
  • Amédée Wilfrid Proulx (1975-1993) - Died

History[edit]

Bishop Richard J. Malone was installed March 31, 2004, as the eleventh bishop of the diocese. On May 29, 2012, Malone was appointed bishop of Buffalo, New York. Subsequently, Malone was also appointed apostolic administrator of the diocese of Portland, which means that after he is installed in Buffalo, he will continue to lead in Portland until a new bishop is installed there.[2] On December 18, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Robert Deeley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston as Bishop of Portland with his installation scheduled for February 14, 2014.

Parishes[edit]

The Diocese is currently divided into 30 Clusters/Parishes.[3]

Notable churches[edit]

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland

Cathedral[edit]

The Diocese's cathedral is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Basilica[edit]

Located in Lewiston is the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Due to a wave of late 19th century immigration by French Canadians, the church was built and expanded until 1936, by which time it was the second largest church in New England. In 1983, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, the church was named a minor basilica by the Holy See.

Historic places[edit]

Located in Bangor is the St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church. In 1855, the church was built by Fr. John Bapst, and in 1973 the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Education[edit]

High schools[edit]

Public affairs[edit]

In November 2009 it was reported that the Diocese of Portland had contributed $550,000, or 20% of the total cash contributed to Stand For Marriage Maine, a successful campaign to prevent then-impending legalization of same-sex marriage in Maine.[4][5] Roughly 55% of the funds donated by the Diocese came from other out-of-state dioceses who donated money to the Diocese of Portland's PAC.[6]

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

See: List of Catholic bishops of the United States#Province of Boston

References[edit]

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