Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross

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Diocese of Cork and Ross

Dioecesis Corcagiensis et Rossensis

Deoise Chorcaí agus Rosa
TerritoryCity of Cork and south-western parts of County Cork
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Cashel and Emly
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Cashel and Emly
Area1,290 sq mi (3,300 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
220,000 (91.7%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established19 April 1958
CathedralSt Mary and St Anne's Cathedral, Cork
Patron saintCork: St Finbarr
Ross: St Fachtna
Current leadership
BishopJohn Buckley,
Bishop of Cork and Ross
Metropolitan ArchbishopKieran O'Reilly,
Archbishop of Cashel and Emly
Vicar GeneralMgr. Leonard O’Brien
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross map.png
Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross: Argent a cross pattée gules charged with a crosier in pale, enfiled with a mitre labelled or.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross (Irish: Deoise Chorcaí agus Rosa) is a Roman Catholic diocese in southern Ireland. It is one of six suffragan dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of Cashel (corresponding rather closely to the civil province of Munster) and is subject to the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.[1] The diocese is in the secular province of Munster. The diocese was formed by an ex aequo principaliter union on 19 April 1958, between the Dioceses of Cork and Ross.[2] The incumbent Ordinary is the Most Rev. Dr. John Buckley. The cathedral church of the diocese is Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne.


The diocese incorporates the city of Cork and the southern and western parts of County Cork, including the towns of Bandon, Bantry, Carrigaline, Clonakilty, and Kinsale.


Bishops of Cork and Cloyne[3]

  • Donagh MacCarthy (1712–1726)
  • Thadeus MacCarthy (1727–1747)

Bishops of Cork[3]

  • Richard Walsh (1748–1763)
  • John Butler (1763–1786)
  • Francis Moylan (1786–1815)
  • John Murphy (1815–1847)
  • William Delany (1847–1886)
  • Thomas O’Callaghan, OP (1886–1916)
  • Daniel Cohalan (1916–1952)
  • Cornelius Lucey (1952–1958)

Bishops of Cork and Ross[3]

The bishops were also Apostolic Administrators of the Diocese of Ross 1693–1747 and 1954–1958.[3]

The Diocese has been split into 16 Pastoral Areas as prompted under the 2005 document Pilgrim Steps.

Bishop Buckley duly offered his resignation on reaching 75 in November 2014.

Religious Orders[edit]

There are several religious orders, male and female, based in the diocese, predominantly in the city area. They include:


  • Augustinians
  • Capuchins
  • Carmelites
  • Dominicans
  • Franciscans
  • Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
  • Rosminians
  • Society of African Missionaries
  • Society of St. Columban
  • Vincentians (Formerly)


  • Christian Brothers
  • Presentation Brothers


  • Assumption Sisters
  • Bon Secours Sisters
  • Congregation of Our Lady of the Cenacle
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
  • Franciscan Missionaries of St. Joseph
  • Good Shepherd Sisters
  • Infant Jesus Sisters
  • La Retraite Sisters
  • Mercy Sisters – Southern Province
  • Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary
  • Our Lady of Apostles Sisters
  • Poor Clares
  • Presentation Sisters
  • Sisters of Marie Reparatrice
  • Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Sisters
  • Sisters of Charity (Irish)
  • Ursuline Sisters


Note: 1. Some parishes have now been clustered. 2. Parishes with brackets after them indicate parishes run by religious congregations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diocese of Cork and Ross. Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  2. ^ Diocese of Cork and Ross. Official diocese website. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 421–422. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  4. ^ Bishop John Buckley Archived 6 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. Official diocese website. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  5. ^ RossCatholic Encyclopaedia-Hierarchy. Retrieved from New Advent on 2 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bishops of Cork (& Ross) 1808–present


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°54′16″N 8°28′34″W / 51.90444°N 8.47611°W / 51.90444; -8.47611