Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs

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Diocese of Colorado Springs
Dioecesis Coloratensium Fontium
Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs.svg
Country United States
Territory 10 Counties in Central Colorado
Ecclesiastical province Province of Denver
Metropolitan Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
Parishes 37
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established November 10, 1983
Cathedral St. Mary’s Cathedral
Patron saint Our Lady of Guadalupe
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Michael John Sheridan
Bishop of Colorado Springs
Metropolitan Archbishop Samuel Joseph Aquila
Archbishop of Denver
Emeritus Bishops Richard Charles Patrick Hanifen
Diocese of Colorao Springs map.PNG

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs (Latin: Dioecesis Coloratensium Fontium) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Colorado. St. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the diocese and is located in Colorado Springs. The diocese was established on November 10, 1983 and covers 15,493 square miles (40,130 km2) in ten counties of the central and eastern portions of the state.[1]


Pope John Paul II created the Diocese of Colorado Springs from territory separated from the Archdiocese of Denver and Diocese of Pueblo in 1983. The territory includes 39 parishes with approximately 173,321 Catholics in a total population of 1,083,259.

Bishop Richard Hanifen created the diocesan arms which features a snow-capped purple mountain on a blue (azure) field that represents Pikes Peak. Below the mountain are green hills, and a blue and silver representing the spring for which the area and diocese are named. In the waters of the lower portion of the shield are three gold interlocked rings which represent the Holy Trinity.[1]


The bishops who have served the diocese and their terms of service:

  1. Richard Charles Patrick Hanifen (1983–2003)
  2. Michael John Sheridan (2003—)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Colorado Springs: An Overview". Diocese of Colorado Springs. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 

External links[edit]

St. Mary's Cathedral

Coordinates: 38°52′00″N 104°48′00″W / 38.8667°N 104.8000°W / 38.8667; -104.8000