Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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|Diocese of Portland
|Territory||The state of Maine|
|Area||33,040 sq mi (85,600 km2)|
|(as of 2013)
|Established||July 29, 1853|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Seán Patrick O'Malley|
|Emeritus Bishops||Richard Joseph Malone|
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 mother church, is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the city of Portland.
Richard. J. Malone was installed March 31, 2004, as the eleventh bishop of the diocese. On May 29, 2012, Malone became bishop of Buffalo, New York and on December 18, 2013, Pope Francis named Robert Deeley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, to succeed Malone as Bishop of the Diocese of Portland. He was installed in a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on February 14, 2014.
- David William Bacon (1855–1874) – Died
- James Augustine Healy (1875–1900) – Died
- William Henry O'Connell (1901–1906) – Appointed coadjutor archbishop of Boston
- Louis Sebastian Walsh (1906–1924) – Died
- John Gregory Murray (1925–1931) – Appointed archbishop of Saint Paul
- Joseph Edward McCarthy (1932–1955) – Died
- Daniel Joseph Feeney (1955–1969) – Died
- Peter Leo Gerety (1969–1974) – Appointed archbishop of Newark
- Edward Cornelius O'Leary (1974–1988) – Retired
- Joseph John Gerry, O.S.B. (1988–2004) – Retired
- Richard Joseph Malone (2004–2012) – Appointed bishop of Buffalo
- Robert Deeley (2014- ) - installed on February 14, 2014
- 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
Bishop Richard J. Malone was installed March 31, 2004, as the eleventh bishop of the diocese. On May 29, 2012, Malone became bishop of Buffalo, New York. Subsequently, Pope Francis named him as apostolic administrator of the diocese of Portland pending selection of his successor. On December 18, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Robert Deeley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston as twelfth Bishop of Portland. His installation took place on February 14, 2014.
The Diocese is currently divided into 30 Clusters/Parishes.
The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is located in Lewiston. The parish traces its roots to 1872 and grew due to a wave of late 19th century immigration by French Canadians. Construction of the current church began in 1906 and continued until 1936, by which time it was the second largest church in New England. Construction languished because the diocese split the parish in 1905 and 1923 and the new congregations took a portion of the parish treasury to establish and construct their own churches. In 1983, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, Pope Benedict XVI named the church a minor basilica.
St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church is located in Bangor, Maine. John Bapst oversaw construction of the church beginning in 1855, and in 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- Catherine McAuley High School, Portland
- Cheverus High School, Portland
- Saint Dominic Academy, Auburn
On January 6, 2000, the Associated Press reported that the Diocese of Portland had negotiated with and supported a Maine lawmakers' bill that barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; this bill aimed to overcome the results of the Maine election in February 1998 that repealed the gay marriage law that Maine Governor Angus King signed into law. The Diocese did not have a position on the February 1998 vote, citing ambiguities in the law while acknowledging discrimination as unjust.
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. 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.
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- "Pope picks Bishop Robert Deeley to lead diocese in Maine". The Boston Globe. December 18, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Bishops of the Diocese". Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "Cluster Configurations". Diocese of Portland. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "Catholic Diocese Supports Rights Proposal". Associated Press. January 6, 2000.
- Meara, Emmet (November 8, 2000). "Failure looms for gay rights". Bangor Daily News. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- Harrison, Judy (March 2, 2012). "Portland bishop says Catholic Church won't actively campaign against gay marriage". Bangor Daily News.
- "Maine Ethics Commission Public Disclosure Site". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- Cassels, Peter (November 10, 2009). "Analysis reveals Roman Catholic dioceses poured money into anti-marriage campaign in Maine". Edge Media Network.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Official Site
- Catholic Hierarchy Profile of the Diocese of Portland
- Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Portland". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.