Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior

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Diocese of Superior
Dioecesis Superiorensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior.svg
Country United States
Territory 16 counties in northwestern Wisconsin
Ecclesiastical province Milwaukee
Area 15,715 sq mi (40,700 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
78,826 (17.2%)
Parishes 105
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established May 3, 1905 (109 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Christ the King
Patron saint St. Augustine of Hippo
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Peter F. Christensen
Diocese of Superior (Wisconsin) map 1.jpg
Cathedral of Christ the King

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior (Latin: Dioecesis Superiorensis) encompasses the city of Superior and the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn in northern Wisconsin, with an area of 15,715 square miles (40,700 km2). Its episcopal see is Superior, and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior is its mother church. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


The diocese was established on May 3, 1905 by Pope Pius X.[1] It was created from the northern part of the Diocese of La Crosse and the northwestern part of the Diocese of Green Bay, with Augustine Francis Schinner as the first bishop.[2][3]


The following is a list of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Superior and their terms of service:

  1. Augustine Francis Schinner (1905–1913)
  2. Joseph Maria Koudelka (1913–1921)
  3. Joseph G. Pinten (1922–1926)
  4. Theodore H. Reverman (1926–1941)
  5. William Patrick O'Connor (1942–1946)
  6. Albert Gregory Meyer (1946–1953)
  7. Joseph John Annabring (1954–1959)
  8. George Albert Hammes (1960–1985)
  9. Raphael Michael Fliss (1985–2007)
  10. Peter F. Christensen (2007–present)


The Diocese of Superior publishes a bi-weekly newspaper, The Superior Catholic Herald, which was established in 1953. There are approximately 12,000 subscribers and an estimated readership of more than 36,000 given the pass-along rate, each issue.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blied, Rev. Benjamin J. (1980). St. John the Baptist Congregation. p. 62. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Superior". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Diocese of Superior". Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  4. ^ Superior Catholic Herald, About Us

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Arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior.svg
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected
The diocesan arms consists of three Latin fitchy crosses, terminating in fleur-de-lis with wavy blue line on the top of the shield in the "chief" or upper partition.
The See of Superior uses the gold and blue of the French arms to commemorate the first Catholic missionaries who came from France to explore the region now known as the Diocese of Superior. The Latin crosses, terminating in fleur-de-lis, accentuate the symbolism of the French colors and betoken the missionaries who brought faith to the Indians in the territory of the See. The crosses are known as "fitchy" because the ends are pointed like stakes to facilitate driving them into the ground. The number of crosses is Trinitarian to represent the Blessed Trinity.

The crosses further commemorate the edict of King Charles V in 1376, when he reduced the number of fleur-de-lis in the French coat-of-arms to three in honor of the Three Divine Persons. The blue waters of Lake Superior are indicated across the top of the shield by the wavy blue lines of the "chief" or upper partition.

Coordinates: 46°42′25″N 92°05′07″W / 46.70694°N 92.08528°W / 46.70694; -92.08528