Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck

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Diocese of Bismarck

Dioecesis Bismarcquensis
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Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
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Coat of arms
Country United States
Territory23 counties in western North Dakota
Ecclesiastical provinceSaint Paul and Minneapolis
Area88,720 km2 (34,250 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2012)
66,200 (24.2%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 31, 1909 (112 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Holy Spirit
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
Current leadership
BishopDavid D. Kagan
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The Diocese of Bismarck (Latin: Dioecesis Bismarckiensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in North Dakota. The current bishop of the diocese is Bishop David Kagan. It is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The see city for the diocese is Bismarck. The cathedral parish of the diocese is Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The diocese encompasses 24 North Dakota counties: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Renville, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Ward and Williams counties (along with the western part of Bottineau County).[1]


On December 31, 1909 Saint Pius X established the Diocese of Bismarck. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Fargo.[2][3]

Accusations of clergy sexual abuse[edit]

On January 2, 2019, the Diocese of Bismarck released the names of 22 Catholic clergy who, since 1950, were accused of committing acts of sex abuse while serving in the Diocese of Bismarck.[4]


The list of bishops of the diocese and their terms of service:

  1. John Baptist Vincent de Paul Wehrle, O.S.B. (1910–1939)
  2. Vincent James Ryan (1940–1951)
  3. Lambert Anthony Hoch (1952–1956), appointed Bishop of Sioux Falls
  4. Hilary Baumann Hacker (1956–1982)
  5. John Francis Kinney (1982–1995), appointed Bishop of Saint Cloud
  6. Paul Albert Zipfel (1996–2011)
  7. David D. Kagan (2011–Present)

Other priests of this diocese who became Bishops[edit]

Diocesan officers[edit]

  • Bishop
  • Chancellor
  • Financial Officer
  • Judicial Vicar
  • Vicar General

Diocesan area[edit]

The Bismarck diocese covers 23 western North Dakota counties, over 253,000 people, and over 34,000 square miles (88,000 km2). The diocese ministers to approximately 66,400 Catholic church members.

Diocesan offices[edit]

The diocese has 17 offices, including:

  • Canonical Affairs
  • Chancery
  • Communication
  • Faith Formation
  • Family Ministry
  • Fiscal & Properties Management
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Missionary Activity
  • Permanent Diaconate
  • Protecting the Children
  • Publications & Promotions
  • Stewardship and Development
  • Vocations
  • Worship
  • Youth Ministry

Diocesan consultative groups[edit]

  • Corporate Board
  • Expansion Fund Board
  • Finance Council
  • Permanent Diaconate Commission
  • Priests' Benefit Association
  • Priests' Personnel Board
  • Presbyterial Council

High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Diocese of Bismarck". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Bismarck". Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  4. ^ "North Dakota dioceses name 53 Catholic officials accused of sexually abusing children". Grand Forks Herald.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°48′30″N 100°46′09″W / 46.80833°N 100.76917°W / 46.80833; -100.76917