Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama

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Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
Dioecesis Birminghamiensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.svg
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Birmingham
Country United States
Territory Northern Alabama
Ecclesiastical province Mobile
Area 28,091 sq mi (72,760 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
103,900 (3.5%)
Parishes 54
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 28 June 1969
(split from Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Paul
Patron saint Saint Paul
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Robert Joseph Baker
Metropolitan Archbishop Thomas John Rodi
Diocese of Birmingham.jpg
Cathedral of Saint Paul

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church that encompasses the northern 39 counties of the U.S. state of Alabama.[1] It was erected on December 9, 1969, when it was split from what is now the Archdiocese of Mobile. The diocese is part of the ecclesiastical province of Mobile.

The Cathedral of Saint Paul, in Birmingham, Alabama serves as the Episcopal see of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. EWTN television network's studios are located within the borders of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.


Diocesan bishops[edit]

The diocesan bishops of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama and their years of service:

  1. Joseph Gregory Vath (1969–1987), died 1987.
  2. Raymond James Boland (1988–1993), died 2014.
  3. David Edward Foley (1994–2005), Bishop Emeritus
  4. Robert Joseph Baker (2007–present)

Bishops who once were priests of the Diocese of Birmingham[edit]

The following men began their service as priests in Birmingham before being appointed bishops elsewhere:

  • William McDermott, Bishop of the Diocese of Huancavélica, Peru. Ordained a priest in 1955 for the Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham, before it split into 2 dioceses in 1969.[2]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Anniston: Sacred Heart School | 3K-8
  • Bessemer: St. Aloysius School | 3K-8
  • Birmingham: Holy Family Catholic Academy | 3K-8 (Operated Independent of Diocese)
  • Birmingham: Our Lady of Fatima | 4K-8
  • Birmingham: Our Lady of Sorrows | 3K-8
  • Birmingham: Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School | 3K-8
  • Birmingham: Prince of Peace | 3K-8
  • Birmingham: St. Barnabas | 4K-8
  • Birmingham: St. Francis Xavier | 5K-8
  • Birmingham: St. Rose Academy | 4K-8 (Operated Independent of Diocese)
  • Cullman: Sacred Heart, Cullman | 3K-6
  • Decatur: St. Ann School | 3K-8
  • Florence: St. Joseph Regional School | 3K-8
  • Gadsden: St. James School | 3K-8
  • Huntsville: Holy Family Regional School | 4K-8
  • Huntsville: Holy Spirit Regional School | 5K-8
  • Madison: St. John the Baptist | 4K-8
  • Tuscaloosa: Holy Spirit Catholic School | 3K-6

High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Bishop William Dermott Molloy McDermott". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. [self-published source]
  3. ^ "Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. [self-published source]
  4. ^ Pope appoints American as first Nuncio to Malaysia. O'Connell, Gerard., [1]. Retrieved 01-17-2013.

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Coordinates: 33°39′12″N 86°48′32″W / 33.65333°N 86.80889°W / 33.65333; -86.80889