Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne

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Diocese of Cheyenne
Dioecesis Cheyennensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne.svg
Country United States
Territory The State of Wyoming
Ecclesiastical province Denver
Metropolitan Samuel Joseph Aquila
- Catholics

49,459 (8.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 2, 1887
Cathedral St. Mary's Cathedral
Patron saint Our Lady of the Assumption
St. Joseph
St. Therese of Lisieux
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Steven Biegler
Emeritus Bishops Joseph Hubert Hart
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne (Latin: Dioecesis Cheyennensis) is a Roman Catholic Latin rite suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of Denver.

The cathedral and mother church is St. Mary's Cathedral, located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


On August 2, 1887, Pope Leo XIII erected the diocese from territory that had been a part of the Diocese of Omaha.[1]

Statistics and extent[edit]

As of 2014, it pastorally served 54,995 Catholics (9.5% of 576,412 total) on 252,552 km² in 37 parishes, 64 priests (61 diocesan, 3 religious), 37 deacons, 17 lay religious (3 brothers, 14 sisters), 10 seminarians.[1]

The diocese covers the state of Wyoming, as well as the parts of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Idaho.


  1. Maurice Francis Burke (1887 – 1893), appointed Bishop of Saint Joseph
  2. Thomas Mathias Lenihan (1896 – 1901), died
  3. James Keane (1902 – 1911), appointed Archbishop of Dubuque
  4. Patrick McGovern (1912 – 1951), died
  5. Hubert Newell (1951 – 1978), retired
  6. Joseph Hubert Hart (1978 – 2001), retired
  7. David L. Ricken (2001 – 2008), appointed Bishop of Green Bay
  8. Paul D. Etienne (2009 – 2016), appointed Archbishop of Anchorage
  9. Steven Biegler (2017 - present)

See also[edit]


Sources and external links[edit]

St. Mary's Cathedral

Coordinates: 41°08′44″N 104°48′07″W / 41.14556°N 104.80194°W / 41.14556; -104.80194