Roman Catholic Diocese of Rapid City

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Diocese of Rapid City

Dioecesis Rapidopolitana
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rapid City.svg
CountryUnited States
TerritoryWest of the Missouri River in South Dakota
Ecclesiastical provinceSaint Paul and Minneapolis
Area43,000 sq mi (110,000 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
30,700 (12.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedAugust 6, 1902 (116 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Current leadership
BishopRobert Dwayne Gruss
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Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rapid City (Latin: Dioecesis Rapidopolitana) is a Roman Catholic diocese in western South Dakota, United States. The current bishop of the diocese is Bishop Robert Dwayne Gruss. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The See city for the diocese is Rapid City. The Cathedral parish is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


On August 6, 1902 Saint Pius X established the diocese as the Diocese of Lead.[1] Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Sioux Falls. The name of the diocese was changed by Pope Pius XI on August 1, 1930 when the see city was transferred to Rapid City.[2][3]


The bishops for the diocese and their terms of service:

Bishops of Lead[edit]

  1. John Stariha (1902–1909)
  2. Joseph Francis Busch (1910–1915), appointed Bishop of Saint Cloud
  3. John Jeremiah Lawler (1915–1930)

Bishops of Rapid City[edit]

  1. John Jeremiah Lawler (1930–1948)
  2. William Tibertus McCarty, C.Ss.R (1948–1969)
  3. Harold Joseph Dimmerling (1969–1987)
  4. Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (1988–1997), appointed Archbishop of Denver and later Archbishop of Philadelphia
  5. Blase Joseph Cupich (1998–2010), appointed Bishop of Spokane and later Archbishop of Chicago (elevated to Cardinal in 2016)
  6. Robert Dwayne Gruss (2011–present)

Other priests of the diocese who became bishops[edit]

High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Lead" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ Cheney, David M. (July 19, 2011). "Diocese of Rapid City". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Rapid City". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-04.

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Coordinates: 44°04′34″N 103°13′42″W / 44.07611°N 103.22833°W / 44.07611; -103.22833