Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

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Diocese of San Diego
Dioecesis Sancti Didaci
Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.svg
Country United States
Territory Counties of San Diego, Imperial
Ecclesiastical province Province of Los Angeles
Metropolitan San Diego, California
- Catholics

1,981,057[1] (60.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 11, 1936[1]
Cathedral St. Joseph Cathedral
Patron saint St. Didacus of Alcalá
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop José Gómez
Vicar General Msgr. Steven Callahan
Emeritus Bishops Robert Henry Brom, Gilbert Espinosa Chávez
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is a particular church of the Latin Church of the Roman Catholic Church in the western region of the United States. Its ecclesiastic territory includes all of San Diego and Imperial Counties in Southern California, with a Catholic population of 1,981,057. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Leadership and religious membership[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Bishop Cirilo Flores was appointed as coadjutor bishop with immediate right of succession to Bishop Robert Henry Brom, 75, who had served since January 1990, upon the acceptance of his resignation (Catholic bishops must offer their resignation to the Pope at age 75, but are often kept later). Therefore, Coadjutor Bishop Flores immediately succeeded Bishop Brom as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego when Bishop Brom's resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on September 18, 2013.[2] Bishop Flores died on September 6, 2014 after a stroke and a battle with cancer.[3]

There are 233 priests, 118 deacons, 290 religious sisters and 22 religious brothers in the diocese.[1]


The diocese was established on July 11, 1936 at which time it also included Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. In 1978 these two counties were separated to form the Diocese of San Bernardino. Currently the Diocese of San Diego includes 99 parishes and 16 missions. In addition, the diocese includes 45 elementary schools, 5 high schools and 2 universities (University of San Diego and John Paul the Great Catholic University).

On February 28, 2007, the diocese filed for bankruptcy protection after the diocese was unable to reach a settlement agreement with numerous plaintiffs suing over alleged clergy abuse.[4] On September 7, 2007, the Diocese agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of child sexual abuse by clergy, the 2nd-largest payment by a diocese.[5]


The lists of bishops and their terms of service:


  1. Charles Francis Buddy (1936–1966)
  2. Francis James Furey (1966–1969)
  3. Leo Thomas Maher (1969–1990)
  4. Robert Henry Brom (1990–2013)
  5. Cirilo Flores (2013–2014)




High schools[edit]

* Formerly the University of San Diego High School
** Formerly Marian Catholic High School
*** Catholic school not associated with Diocese, formerly known as Sierra Madre Academy

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Coordinates: 32°46′00″N 117°07′59″W / 32.7667°N 117.1330°W / 32.7667; -117.1330