Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville

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Diocese of Belleville

Diœcesis Bellevillensis
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Cathedral of Saint Peter
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Coat of arms
Country United States
Territory28 counties in southern Illinois
Area11,678 sq mi (30,250 km2)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2012)
118,900 (13.2%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 7, 1887 (134 years ago)
CathedralSt. Peter's Cathedral
Patron saintImmaculate Heart of Mary
Current leadership
BishopMichael G. McGovern
Bishops emeritusEdward Braxton
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The Diocese of Belleville (Latin: Diœcesis Bellevillensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in the southern Illinois region of the United States. It comprises the southern counties of the state of Illinois and the See city for the diocese is the City of Belleville. It is a suffragan see in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Chicago. The cathedral parish for the diocese is the Cathedral of Saint Peter. Following the resignation of Edward Braxton on April 3, 2020, Michael G. McGovern was installed as the current Bishop of Belleville.[1]


The Diocese of Belleville was created on January 7, 1887 by Pope Leo XIII. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Alton.[2][3]


Bishops of Belleville[edit]

  1. John Janssen (1888–1913)
  2. Henry J. Althoff (1913–1947)
  3. Albert Rudolph Zuroweste (1947–1976)
  4. William Michael Cosgrove (1976–1981)
  5. John Nicholas Wurm (1981–1984)
  6. James Patrick Keleher (1984–1993), appointed Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
  7. Wilton Daniel Gregory (1993–2004), appointed Archbishop of Atlanta
  8. Edward Kenneth Braxton (2005–2020)
  9. Michael McGovern (2020–Present)

Auxiliary bishop[edit]

Other priest of this diocese who became Bishop[edit]

High schools[edit]

Summer camps[edit]


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  2. ^ "Diocese of Belleville". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Belleville". Retrieved 2013-05-28.

External links[edit]

Media related to Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°31′18″N 89°59′43″W / 38.52167°N 89.99528°W / 38.52167; -89.99528