Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus

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Diocese of Columbus
Dioecesis Columbensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Columbus
Country  United States
Territory 23 counties in Central and Southern Ohio.
Ecclesiastical province Cincinnati
Area 29,282 sq mi (75,840 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
252,103 (10.3%)
Parishes 106
Denomination Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established March 3, 1868 (150 years ago)
Cathedral St. Joseph Cathedral
Patron saint St. Francis de Sales
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Frederick Francis Campbell
Vicar General Msgr. Stephan J. Moloney
Emeritus Bishops James Anthony Griffin
Diocese of Columbus (Ohio) map 1.jpg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus (Latin: Dioecesis Columbensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in the Ecclesiastical Province of Cincinnati covering 23 counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The episcopal see of the diocese is situated at Columbus. The diocese was erected on March 3, 1868 by Pope Pius IX out of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. On October 21, 1944 the diocese lost territory when Pope Pius XII erected the Diocese of Steubenville.

Early history[edit]

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Columbus

The Catholic faith was brought in the area by the Dominican Order in Somerset. They established St. Joseph's Parish in Somerset, the state's oldest parish, while under the direction of Edward Fenwick. These Dominican friars spread the faith in various areas of Central and Southern Ohio. Pennsylvania Germans and Irish immigrants settled in this part of the state, which led to the establishment of the older parishes. While the Germans and Irish settled in the southeastern part of Ohio, French immigrants came to the northern part of the diocese. In addition, small groups of Italians, Hungarians, and Slovaks moved into farming communities or in the city of Columbus.


Bishops of Columbus[edit]

  1. Sylvester Horton Rosecrans (1868-1878)
  2. John Ambrose Watterson (1880-1899)
  3. Henry Moeller (1900-1903), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Cincinnati
  4. James Joseph Hartley (1903-1944)
  5. Michael Joseph Ready (1944-1957)
  6. Clarence George Issenmann (1957-1964), appointed Coadjutor Bishop and later Bishop of Cleveland
  7. John Joseph Carberry (1965-1968), appointed Archbishop of Saint Louis (elevated to Cardinal in 1969)
  8. Clarence Edward Elwell (1968-1973)
  9. Edward John Herrmann (1973-1982)
  10. James Anthony Griffin (1983-2004)
  11. Frederick Francis Campbell (2005-present)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

Other Affiliated Bishops[edit]

These bishops were priests in the diocese before consecration:


As of 2011, the Diocese of Columbus comprises 106 parishes and three missions. The parishes are divided into the following deaneries:

Saint Mary of the Assumption Church of the South Columbus Deanery
Center - South Columbus Deanery
Northwest Columbus Deanery
Saint Brigid of Kildare Church of the Northwest Columbus Deanery
  • Our Lady of Victory, Columbus (1922)
  • St. Agatha, Columbus (1940)
  • St. Andrew, Columbus (1955)
  • Saint Brendan the Navigator Church, Hilliard (1956)
  • St. Brigid of Kildare, Dublin (1987)
  • St. Christopher, Columbus (1947)
  • St. Joan of Arc, Powell (1987)
  • St. Margaret of Cortona, Columbus (Italian; 1921)
  • St. Peter, Columbus (1970)
  • St. Timothy, Columbus (1961)
North High Deanery
Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church of the North High Deanery
  • Holy Name, Columbus (1905)
  • Immaculate Conception, Columbus (1916)
  • Our Lady of Peace, Columbus (1946)
  • Parroquia Santa Cruz, Columbus (Hispanic; 1993)
  • Sacred Heart, Columbus (1875)
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Columbus (1892)
  • St. John the Baptist, Columbus (Italian; 1895)
  • St. Michael the Archangel, Worthington (1946)
  • St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbus (1906)
Northland Columbus Deanery
Church of the Resurrection of the Northland Columbus Deanery
  • Church of the Resurrection, New Albany (1983)
  • St. Anthony, Columbus (1963)
  • St. Elizabeth, Columbus (1967)
  • St. James the Less, Columbus (1947)
  • St. John Neumann, Sunbury (1977)
  • St. Matthias, Columbus (1956)
  • St. Paul, Westerville (1913)
West Columbus Deanery
Saint Joseph Church in the West Columbus Deanery
  • Holy Family, Columbus (Irish; 1877)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City (1954)
  • Sts. Simon & Jude, West Jefferson (German/Irish; 1867)
  • St. Agnes, Columbus (1954)
  • St. Aloysius, Columbus (1906)
  • St. Cecilia, Columbus (1882)
  • St. Joseph, Plain City (1864)
  • St. Mary Magdalene, Columbus (1928)
  • St. Patrick, London (German/Irish; 1866)
  • St. Stephen the Martyr, Columbus (Hispanic; 1963)
East Columbus Deanery
Saint Catharine of Siena Church in the East Columbus Deanery
  • Blessed John XXIII, Canal Winchester (2000)
  • Christ the King, Columbus (1946)
  • Holy Spirit, Columbus (1947)
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Columbus (1967)
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Pickerington (1978)
  • St. Catharine of Siena, Columbus (1931)
  • St. Mary, Groveport (1871)
  • St. Matthew, Gahanna (1959)
  • St. Philip the Apostle, Columbus (1956)
  • St. Pius X, Reynoldsburg (1958)
Marion Deanery
Immaculate Conception Church in the Marion Deanery
  • Immaculate Conception, Kenton (1866)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Ada (1874)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Marysville (1866)
  • Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, Cardington (1971)
  • St. Mary, Delaware (1854)
  • St. Mary, Marion (1864)
Perry County-Zanesville Deanery
Saint Nicholas Church of the Perry County-Zanesville Deanery
  • Church of the Atonement, Crooksville (1902)
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mattingly Settlement (1856)
  • Holy Trinity, Somerset (1826)
  • St. Ann, Dresden (1877)
  • St. Bernard, Corning (1885)
  • St. Joseph, Somerset (1818)
  • St. Nicholas, Zanesville (German; 1842)
  • St. Patrick, Junction City (1827)
  • St. Rose of Lima, New Lexington (1867)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Zanesville (Irish/Italian; 1842)
Knox-Licking Deanery
Saint Vincent de Paul Church of the Knox-Licking Deanery
  • Church of the Ascension, Johnstown (1912)
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Newark (1904)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Buckeye Lake (1928)
  • St. Edward the Confessor, Granville (1947)
  • St. Francis de Sales, Newark (1844)
  • St. Leonard, Heath (1962)
  • St. Luke, Danville (1823)
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Mt. Vernon (1839)
Tuscawaras-Holmes-Coshocton Deanery
Sacred Heart Church (Coshocton) of the Tuscawarus-Holmes-Coshocton Deanery
  • Holy Trinity, Zoar (1995)
  • Immacualte Conception, Dennison (Irish; 1870)
  • Sacred Heart, Coshocton (1897)
  • Sacred Heart, New Philadelphia (1895)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul, Glenmont (1855)
  • St. Francis de Sales, Newcomerstown (1918)
  • St. Joseph, Dover (German/Italian; 1848)
  • St. Peter, Millersburg (1877)
Lancaster Deanery
Saint John the Evangelist Church in the Lancaster Deanery
  • St. Bernadette, Lancaster (1963)
  • St. Mary, Bremen (1917)
  • St. Mark, Lancaster (1959)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, Lancaster (1819)
  • St. John the Evangelist, Logan (1838)
  • St. Joseph, Sugar Grove (1892)
Chillicothe Deanery
Saint Sylvester Church in the Chillicothe Deanery
  • Holy Trinity, Jackson (1880)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul, Wellston (1881)
  • St. Colman of Cloyne, Washington Courthouse (1881)
  • St. Joseph, Circleville (1845)
  • St. Mary, Chillicothe (1837)
  • St. Mary Queen of the Missions, Waverly (1878)
  • St. Peter, Chillicothe (German; 1846)
  • St. Sylvester, Zaleski (Irish; 1864)
Scioto County Deanery
Saint Mary of the Annunciation Church in the Scioto County Deanery
  • Holy Redeemer, Portsmouth (Irish; 1853)
  • Holy Trinity, Pond Creek (French; 1854)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Otway (1916)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, West Portsmouth (1945)
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation, Portsmouth (German; 1880)
  • St. Monica, New Boston (1916)
  • St. Peter in Chains, Wheelersburg (1849)



The Pontifical College Josephinum north of Columbus

High schools[edit]

Closed schools[edit]

  • Marion Catholic High School, Marion (closing in 2013[1])
  • St. Ladislas School, Columbus
  • Corpus Christi School, Columbus
  • St. Mary High School, Columbus
  • Holy Family School, Columbus
  • Bishop Flaget High School, Chillicothe
  • Father Wehrle High School, Columbus
  • St. Leo School, Columbus
  • St. Peter, Chillicothe
  • St. Mary, Chillicothe
  • St. Aloysius Academy, New Lexington

Elementary schools[edit]

  • All Saints Academy, Columbus
  • Bishop Fenwick, Zanesville
  • Bishop Flaget, Chillicothe
  • Blessed Sacrament, Newark
  • Holy Spirit, Whitehall
  • Holy Trinity, Somerset
  • Immaculate Conception, Columbus
  • Immaculate Conception, Dennison
  • Notre Dame Elementary, Portsmouth
  • Our Lady of Bethlehem, Columbus
  • Our Lady of Peace, Columbus
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City
  • Sacred Heart, Coshocton
  • St. Agatha, Columbus
  • St. Andrew, Columbus
  • St. Anthony, Columbus
  • St. Bernadette, Lancaster
  • St. Brendan, Hilliard
  • St. Brigid of Kildare, Dublin
  • St. Catharine, Columbus
  • St. Cecilia, Columbus
  • St. Francis de Sales, Newark
  • St. James the Less, Columbus
  • St. John, Logan
  • St. Joseph Montessori, Columbus
  • St. Mary Elementary, Lancaster
  • St. Mary Magdalene, Columbus
  • St. Mary, Columbus
  • St. Mary, Delaware
  • St. Mary, Marion
  • St. Matthew, Gahanna
  • St. Matthias, Columbus
  • St. Michael, Worthington
  • St. Patrick, London
  • St. Paul, Westerville
  • St. Pius X, Reynoldsburg
  • St. Rose of Lima, New Lexington
  • St. Timothy, Columbus
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Mt. Vernon
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Wellston
  • Trinity Elementary, Columbus
  • Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary School, Dover


  • Genesis HealthCare System, Zanesville (combination of Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda Hospital). Good Samaritan Hospital began in 1900 and is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
  • Mt. Carmel Hospitals, Columbus (Mt. Carmel, East; Mt. Carmel, West; St. Ann, Westerville). Mt. Carmel opened in 1886, by the Sisters of the Holy Cross from St. Mary's, Indiana. In 1972, Mt. Carmel East opened to serve the suburbs. Also, St. Ann's Hospital was bought by Mt. Carmel in 1995. At one time, St. Ann's was operated by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity.
  • Trinity Hospital Twin City, Dennison. Bought by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania in May 2011.
Former Hospitals

The following list are the closed hospitals of the Diocese, which stopped operations due to high costs and other factors:

  • St. Francis Hospital, Columbus (1862–1955). Operated by the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis. The building was razed in 1957 and today it is the site of Grant Hospital.
  • St. Anthony's Hospital, Columbus (1891–1991). Also operated by the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis. The original building was razed in 1971 and was finally sold in 1991. It is now part of the Ohio State University hospital system.
  • San Antonio Hospital, Kenton (1897–1963). The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati owned the facilities.
  • Mercy Hospital, Mt. Vernon (1919–1975). Owned by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. This hospital closed and merged with the local public hospital of Mt. Vernon.
  • Mercy Hospital, Portsmouth (1917–1981). This hospital was owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes from Rochester, Minnesota. It was sold to the community hospital in the city.

Religious institutes[edit]

The door to the Dominican Province of St. Joseph at St. Patrick Church in Columbus
A standee of Pope Francis wearing an Ohio State baseball cap on display at the Ohio State Newman Center.
Saint James the Less Church in Columbus

The Diocese of Columbus has many religious institutes of men and women serving in parishes, schools, colleges, and hospitals.

Religious priests and brothers[edit]

Dominicans (Province of St. Joseph)
  • Holy Trinity Parish, Somerset
  • Pontifical College Josephinum
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • St. Joseph Parish, Somerset
  • St. Patrick Parish, Columbus
Paulist Fathers
Precious Blood Fathers
  • St. James the Less Parish, Columbus
Society of Jesus
  • Pontifical College Josephinum
Sons of the Immaculate Conception Congregation
  • Mt. Carmel Hospitals
  • St. Elizabeth Parish, Columbus

Religious Sisters[edit]

Catholic radio within the Diocese[edit]

  • WVSG 820 AM Saint Gabriel Radio (the former WOSU (AM))
  • WFOT at 89.5 FM licensed to Lexington and serving the Mansfield area. Annunciation Radio airs programming from EWTN Global Catholic Radio. WFOT broadcasts as a simulcast of WNOC.

Other stations reaching into portions of the Diocese[edit]

  • WULM "Radio Maria" 1600 AM in Springfield which reaches towards Columbus in some areas during daylight hours and can also be heard 24/7 on the internet, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry via their respective phone applications which can be downloaded at Radio Maria USA is based at originating station KJMJ 580 AM in Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • WNOP "Sacred Heart Radio" 720 AM licensed to Newport, Kentucky and based in Cincinnati which also airs local and EWTN an FM sister, WHSS 89.5 in Hamilton.


  1. ^ "Diocese: Marion Catholic High School To Close". WBNS-TV. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°59′00″N 82°59′00″W / 39.9833°N 82.9833°W / 39.9833; -82.9833