Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck

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Diocese of Bismarck
Dioecesis Bismarcquensis
Diocese of Bismarck CoA.png
Country  United States
Territory 23 counties in western North Dakota
Ecclesiastical province Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Area 88,720 km2 (34,250 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
66,200 (24.2%)
Parishes 98
Denomination Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 31, 1909 (108 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David D. Kagan
Emeritus Bishops Paul Albert Zipfel
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Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck (Latin: Dioecesis Bismarckiensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in North Dakota. The current bishop of the diocese is Bishop David Kagan. It is a suffragan see of the 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.


On December 31, 1909 Saint Pius X established the Diocese of Bismarck. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Fargo.[1][2]


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 (1939–1951)
  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)

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. ^ "Diocese of Bismarck". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Bismarck". Retrieved 2014-04-16.

External links[edit]

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