Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
|Diocese of Rochester
|Territory||Counties of Monroe, Cayuga, Livingston, Wayne, Tioga, Tompkins, Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Yates, Steuben and Chemung, New York|
|Ecclesiastical province||Archdiocese of New York|
|Metropolitan||1150 Buffalo Road
Rochester, New York
|Established||March 3, 1868|
|Cathedral||Sacred Heart Cathedral|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
|Apostolic Administrator||Bishop Robert Joseph Cunningham, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, New York|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester is a diocese of the Catholic Church in the Greater Rochester region of New York State in the United States. The region that the Diocese comprises extends from its northern border on the south shore of Lake Ontario through the Finger Lakes region to its southern border at the New York-Pennsylvania border. The Apostolic Administrator of the Rochester Diocese, since the retirement in September 2012 of Bishop Matthew H. Clark (upon having reached the age of retirement at 75), is Bishop Robert Joseph Cunningham, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, in Syracuse, New York. On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, until then the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, in Burlington, Vermont (the state's largest city and only diocese), as Bishop of Rochester. Bishop Matano will be installed as Rochester's Bishop in January 2014; until then, Bishop Cunningham of Syracuse will continue to serve as Rochester's Apostolic Administrator. The Diocese of Rochester comprises 12 counties in New York, with approximately 350,000 Catholics and over 125 faith communities (parishes and chapels), 22 diocesan elementary schools and 7 independent parochial high schools. The metropolitan for the diocese is the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, currently Timothy Cardinal Dolan. The cathedral parish for the diocese is Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester began on March 3, 1868, when Pope Pius IX entrusted eight counties (Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, and Tompkins) within the Diocese of Buffalo to Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of Rochester. The new diocese had about 54,500 Catholics in 35 parish churches and 29 mission churches.
In 1896, the counties of Schuyler, Tioga, Chemung, and Steuben were added to the Diocese of Rochester from the Diocese of Buffalo, forming the current boundaries.
The diocese grew as Catholic immigrants came to western New York, peaking in the 1960s. Since then, the Catholic population has stabilized while the numbers of ordained presbyters (priests) and women religious (sisters) has fallen.
- In 1909, there were 121,000 Catholics in 93 parishes, 36 missions and 53 parish schools with 18,000 pupils. There were 164 priests and more than 500 sisters.
- In 1938, there were 223,657 Catholics in 129 parishes, 36 missions and 72 parish schools serving 23,796 pupils. There were 289 active diocesan priests.
- In 1966, there were 361,790 Catholics in 155 parishes, 36 mission churches and 99 elementary parish schools serving 45,540 pupils. There were 371 active diocesan priests and 1,549 sisters.
- In 1978, there were 358,850 Catholics in 161 parishes, 29 mission churches and 75 schools serving 19,526 pupils. There were 311 active diocesan priests and 1,095 women religious.
- In 1992, there were 361,384 Catholics in 162 parishes and 58 elementary schools serving 11,992 pupils. There were 208 active diocesan priests and 842 sisters.
The following is a list of Bishops who served the Diocese of Rochester, along with their dates of service:
- Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid: March 3, 1868 - 1909 (death)
- Bishop Thomas Francis Hickey: 1909 - 1928
- Bishop John Francis O'Hern: 1928 - May 1933 (death)
- Archbishop (later Cardinal) Edward Mooney: August 1933 - May 1937 (transfer to Archdiocese of Detroit)
- Bishop James E. Kearney: 1937 - 1966
- Bishop (later Archbishop) Fulton J. Sheen: 1966 - 1969 (retired and appointed to titular see of Newport, Wales)
- Bishop Joseph Lloyd Hogan: October 1969 - November 28, 1978 (retired due to health)
- Bishop Matthew H. Clark: June 26, 1979 - September 21, 2012 (retired having reached age 75)
|Timothy W. Dwyer||1992 – 2001|
|Sr. Elizabeth Meegan||2001 – 2006|
|Sr. Elaine Poitras||2006 – January 2008|
|Sr. Janice Morgan||January 2008 – August 2008|
|Anne Willkens Leach||August 2008 – July 2013|
|Anthony S. Cook III||July 1 2013 –|
|All Saints Academy||St. Mary||Corning, Steuben County||Pre-K through Grade 8|
|Holy Cross School||Holy Cross||Rochester, Monroe County||2011||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|Holy Family Primary School||St. Mary||Elmira, Chemung County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|Immaculate Conception School||Immaculate Conception||Ithaca, Tompkins County||1884||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Agnes School||St. Agnes||Avon, Livingston County||1878||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Francis Desales/St. Stephen School||St. Stephen||Geneva, Ontario County||Pre-K through Grade 8|
|St. John Neumann School||St. John the Evangelist||Irondequoit, Monroe County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Joseph Elementary School||St. Joseph||Auburn, Cayuga County||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Joseph School||St. Joseph||Penfield, Monroe County||1960||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Kateri School||Christ the King||Irondequoit, Monroe County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Lawrence School||St. Lawrence||Greece, Monroe County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Louis School||St. Louis||Pittsford, Monroe County||Pre-School through Grade 6|
|St. Mary School||St. Mary||Canandaigua, Ontario County||1849||K through Grade 8|
|St. Mary Our Mother School||St. Mary Our Mother||Horseheads, Chemung County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Michael School||St. Michael||Penn Yan, Yates County||1882||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Patrick School||St. Patrick||Owego, Tioga County||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Pius Tenth School||St. Pius X||Chili, Monroe County||1954||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Rita School||St. Rita||Webster, Monroe County||K through Grade 6|
|Seton Catholic School||Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Anne||Brighton, Monroe County||1948||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|Siena Catholic Academy||St. Thomas More||Brighton, Monroe County||1993||Grade 7 and 8|
|Ss. Peter and Paul School||Ss. Peter and Paul||Auburn, Cayuga County||1941||K through Grade 8|
Former primary schools
Over the years, as Catholic populations moved to the suburbs, the Diocese has closed parishes and their schools. These include the former Holy Apostles, Holy Redeemer, Holy Rosary, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Victory, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Augustine, St. Casimir, St. Francis Xavier, St. Helen, St. John the Evangelist, St. Joseph, St. Lucy, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Patrick, Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Stanislaus, and St. Theresa.
In 2008, facing growing deficits and declining enrollments, the Diocese closed the following schools:
- Holy Family School, Dansville, Livingston County
- All Saints Catholic Academy, Gates
- Catherine McAuley, Greece
- Corpus Christi, Rochester
- Good Shepherd, Henrietta
- Holy Cross, Rochester (reopened in 2011)
- Holy Family, Rochester
- Holy Trinity, Webster
- St. Andrews, Rochester
- St. Boniface, Rochester
- St. John of Rochester, Fairport
- St. John the Evangelist, Spencerport
- St. Margaret Mary, Irondequoit
- St. Monica, Rochester
There remain five traditionally Catholic high schools (or combined junior/senior high schools) in the diocese. These schools were founded by various Roman Catholic religious orders and operate independently of the diocese itself.
|School||Founding Religious Order||Location||Established||Grades|
|Aquinas Institute||Basilian||Rochester, Monroe County||1902||Grades 6 through 12|
|Bishop Kearney High School||Christian Brothers, Sisters of Notre Dame||Irondequoit, Monroe County||1962||Grades 7 through 12|
|McQuaid Jesuit High School||Jesuits||Brighton, Monroe County||1954||Grades 6 through 12|
|Notre Dame High School||Sisters of Mercy||Elmira, Chemung County||1955||Grades 7 through 12|
|Our Lady of Mercy High School||Sisters of Mercy||Brighton, Monroe County||1928||Grades 6 through 12|
Former high schools
- Academy of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, Monroe County, 1855–1969
- Cardinal Mooney High School, Greece, Monroe County, 1962–1989
- DeSales High School, Geneva, Ontario County, 1912–2012
- Nazareth Academy, Rochester, Monroe County, 1871–2010
- St. Agnes High School, Rochester, Monroe County, 1954–1982
- St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary, 1870–
- Saint Bernard's Seminary, 1893–1981
Former liberal arts colleges
- Nazareth College for Women, became independent in the 1970s
- St. John Fisher College for Men, became independent in 1968
Former charitable institutions
- St. Ann's Home (now St. Ann's Community)
- St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum (now St. Joseph's Villa)
- St. Mary's Boys' Home
- St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Monroe County
- St. Patrick's Girls' Home
This is a list of the counties in New York State that fall into the Diocese of Rochester:
- Schuyler (added in 1896)
- Tioga (added in 1896)
- Chemung (added in 1896)
- Steuben (added in 1896)
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester - Diocesan History
- "Discover Our Schools". Catholic Schools Diocese of Rochester. Rochester, New York: Diocese of Rochester. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- "As Bishop Announces Closures, Catholic High Schools Plan to Expand", Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), 2008-01-19, ISSN 1088-5153, archived from the original on 2008, retrieved 2013-01-02
- "The History of St. Joseph's Villa". Organization website. Rochester, New York: St. Joseph's Villa. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- Official website
- "Diocese of Rochester". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.