List of Catholic bishops of the United States
The following is a list of bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, including its five overseas dependencies. The U.S. Catholic Church comprises 177 Latin Church dioceses and 17 Eastern Catholic eparchies led by diocesan bishops or eparchs, and an apostolic exarchate, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter; the Personal Ordinary—though not a bishop—is the equivalent of a diocesan bishop in canon law.
The 177 Latin dioceses are divided into 32 ecclesiastical provinces. Each province has a metropolitan archdiocese led by an archbishop, and at least one suffragan diocese. In some cases, a titular archbishop is named diocesan bishop of a diocese that is not a metropolitan archdiocese, for example, Archbishop Celestine Damiano, Bishop of Camden (New Jersey). In most archdioceses and some large dioceses, one or more auxiliary bishops serve in association with the diocesan bishop. There are also two Eastern Catholic metropoliae. The four Byzantine Catholic eparchies constitute one metropolia, with Pittsburgh as the metropolitan see, led by a metropolitan archbishop. Similarly, the four Ukrainian Catholic eparchies constitute one metropolia, with Philadelphia as the metropolitan see. (One archbishop—that of the Archdiocese for the Military Services—is not a metropolitan.) As of November 2014, four of these metropolitans are cardinals of the Catholic Church: Boston (Seán O'Malley), Galveston-Houston (Daniel DiNardo), New York (Timothy Dolan), and Washington (Donald Wuerl). Six other archdioceses have retired archbishops who are cardinals: Baltimore (William Keeler, Edwin O'Brien), Detroit (Adam Maida), Los Angeles (Roger Mahony), Philadelphia (Justin Rigali), and Washington (Theodore McCarrick).
All active and retired bishops in the United States and the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands—diocesan, coadjutor, and auxiliary—are members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
In addition to the 195 dioceses, one exarchate, and one personal ordinariate, there are several dioceses in the nation's other four overseas dependencies. In the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the bishops in the six dioceses (one metropolitan archdiocese and five suffragan dioceses) form their own episcopal conference, the Conferencia Episcopal Puertorriqueña. The bishops in U.S. insular areas in the Pacific Ocean—the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territory of American Samoa, and the Territory of Guam—are members of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific.
- 1 Roman Catholic Bishops
- 2 Metropolia of Philadelphia for the Ukrainians
- 3 Metropolia of Pittsburgh for the Ruthenians
- 4 Other Eastern Catholic bishops
- 5 Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter
- 6 American bishops serving outside the United States
- 7 Non-American bishops serving in the United States
- 8 See also
- 9 Footnotes
- 10 Resources
Roman Catholic Bishops
Metropolia of Philadelphia for the Ukrainians
The Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Province of Philadelphia consists of four eparchies of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and covers the entire United States.
- Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia
- Bohdan Danylo, Bishop of St. Josaphat of Parma
- Richard Seminack, Bishop of St. Nicholas of Chicago
- Paul Patrick Chomnycky, OSBM, Bishop of Stamford
Metropolia of Pittsburgh for the Ruthenians
The Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Province of Pittsburgh is a sui iuris metropolia, traditionally linked to the Ruthenian Catholic Church. The metropolia consists of four eparchies of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church and covers the entire United States, with jurisdiction for all Ruthenian Catholics in the United States, as well as other Byzantine Rite Catholics without an established hierarchy in the country.
- William Charles Skurla, Archeparch of Pittsburgh
- Kurt Burnette, Eparch of Passaic
- John Michael Kudrick, Eparch of Parma
- Gerald Nicholas Dino, Eparch of Holy Protection of Mary of Phoenix
Other Eastern Catholic bishops
The other Eastern Catholic Churches with eparchies (dioceses) or exarchates established in the United States are not grouped into metropoliae. All are immediately subject to the Holy See, with limited oversight by the head of their respective sui iuris churches.
- Armenian Catholic Church
- Chaldean Catholic Church
- Maronite Church
- Melkite Greek Catholic Church
- Syrian Catholic Church
- Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter
- The Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary, Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (January 12, 2012 to November 24, 2015)
- Steven Joseph Lopes, Ordinary and bishop (since November 24, 2015)
American bishops serving outside the United States
- See also: List of heads of the diplomatic missions of the Holy See (sortable by papal representative's last name)
- Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Greece (ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia)
- Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya (ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York)
- Archbishop Michael Wallace Banach, Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Apostolic Nuncio to Solomon Islands (ordained a priest of the Diocese of Worcester)
- Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland
- Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, formerly Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura; and Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis
- Bishop Luis Morgan Casey, Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Pando, Bolivia (ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis)
- Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, OP, (Adjunct) Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
- Bishop Robert Herman Flock, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cochabamba, Bolivia (ordained a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse)
- Archbishop James Patrick Green, Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa, Apostolic Nuncio to Botswana (non-residential), Apostolic Nuncio to Lesotho (non-residential), Apostolic Nuncio to Namibia (non-residential), Apostolic Nuncio to Swaziland (non-residential)
- Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson, Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine (ordained a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls)
- Cardinal James Michael Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
- Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, Archpriest Emeritus of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome and Archbishop Emeritus of Boston
- Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco
- Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino, Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia and to East Timor (ordained a priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama)
- Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore
- Cardinal James Francis Stafford, Major Penitentiary Emeritus of the Apostolic Penitentiary and Archbishop Emeritus of Denver
Non-American bishops serving in the United States
- Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. (Nunciature of the Holy See in Washington, D.C.)
- Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
- Appointment of Catholic bishops
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- Global organisation of the Catholic Church
- Historical list of the Catholic bishops of Puerto Rico
- Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States
- History of Roman Catholicism in the United States
- List of oldest Catholic bishops
- List of Roman Catholic apostolic administrations
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including episcopal conferences and USCCB regions)
- List of Roman Catholic military dioceses
- List of the Catholic cathedrals of the United States
- List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
- On July 14, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI erected an apostolic exarchate (similar to an apostolic vicariate in the Latin Church)—the Syro-Malankara Catholic Exarchate in the United States—for Syro-Malankara Catholics in the United States. Although not the same as an eparchy, an exarchate is still led by a bishop.
- See also: Apostolic prefect.
- Hays, Charlotte (January 3, 2012). "Carrying Anglican Patrimony Into the Catholic Church: Former Episcopal bishop of southwestern diocese, a married father and grandfather, will lead Church’s personal ordinariate for Anglicans and Episcopalians who become Catholic". National Catholic Register. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
Father Steenson, former bishop of the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Rio Grande, will be a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and entitled to wear a miter, but he will not have the title of bishop, which can only be conferred on an unmarried man.
- "Conferencia Episcopal Puertorriqueña (C.E.P.)". GCatholic.org. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- Cheney, David M. "Catholic Church in Puerto Rico". Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- See Syrian Catholic Church#Organization.
- Fraga, Brian (January 15, 2012). "Pope Benedict XVI creates U.S. ordinariate: Headed by a former Episcopal bishop, it will be based in Houston". Our Sunday Visitor. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
Father Steenson, who in 2009 was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, N.M., created the formation program for Anglican clergy seeking to become priests in the ordinariate. He will be installed as the ordinary Feb. 19.
- Salla stampa della Sancta Sede. "Rinunce e nomine". press.vatican.va (in Italian). Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- See: Nuncio#List of diplomatic posts of the Holy See.
- Ordained a priest in 1970. Cheney, David M., Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams. Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved March 8, 2010.
- Two Americans receive new assignments as Vatican diplomats, Catholic News Service News Briefs 18 January, 2013(Retrieved January 20, 2013)
- Ordained a priest in 1976. Cheney, David M., Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo. Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
- Ordained a priest in 1962. Retired on February 2, 2013. Cheney, David M., Bishop Luis Morgan Casey. Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2014-03-02. See also: List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Bolivia#''Sui iuris'' Jurisdictions.
- Bishop Robert Herman Flock Bever
- Ordained a priest in 1976. Cheney, David M., Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson. Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
- Ordained a priest in 1979. Cheney, David M., Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino. Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
- Simpson, Victor L (October 19, 2011). "Pope names US envoy". philly.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
The Washington post is a key one in the Vatican diplomatic corps both for the importance of the U.S. in world affairs and for its large Catholic population, which is counted on for its financial help to the Holy See and its contributions to papal charities.
- "List of Bishops". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- "GCatholic Bishops of United States".