Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

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Diocese of Pittsburgh
Dioecesis Pittsburgensis
An image of a coat of arms: a golden sword laid over a fess chequy blue and silver and two gold rounded crosses pattée in chief, with a bishop's mitre surmounting the shield.
Location
Country United States
Territory Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington
Ecclesiastical province Province of Philadelphia
Statistics
Area 4,092 sq mi (10,600 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
1,966,067
815,719 (41.5%)
Parishes 215
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established August 11, 1843
Cathedral Saint Paul Cathedral
Patron saint Saint Paul
Secular priests 442
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh
Metropolitan Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Auxiliary Bishops William J. Waltersheid, Auxiliary Bishop
Emeritus Bishops William J. Winter, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
Map
Diocese of Pittsburgh map 1.png
Website
www.diopitt.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh (Latin: Dioecesis Pittsburgensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese. It was established in Western Pennsylvania on August 11, 1843. The diocese includes 211 parishes in the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington, an area of 3,753 square miles (9,720 km2) with a Catholic population of 719,801 as of June 2008.[1] The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of Saint Paul. As of March 2009, the diocese had 280 active priests.[2] The diocese is in the process of reorganizing its schools; sixteen elementary schools have been closed since 2005.[3]

Cathedral of Saint Paul, seat of the bishop of Pittsburgh.

History[edit]

The Diocese of Pittsburgh was erected from the Diocese of Philadelphia on August 11, 1843.[4] Territory was lost to the newly created Diocese of Erie on July 29, 1853. The short-lived Diocese of Allegheny was created out of the Pittsburgh diocese on January 11, 1876; the territory was reincorporated on July 1, 1889. The Diocese of Altoona was formed on May 30, 1901, and the Diocese of Greensburg on March 10, 1951, out of Pittsburgh diocesan territory.[4]

Bishops[edit]

See footnote[5]

Diocesan bishops[edit]

Bishop Previous position Appointed by Tenure Tenure length
1 Michael O'Connor
(1810–1872)
Michael O'Connor Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Vicar General of
Western Pennsylvania
Pope Gregory XVI August 11, 1843 – July 29, 1853
(Appointed Bishop of Erie)
December 20, 1853 – May 23, 1860
(Resigned)
9 years, 352 days
6 years, 155 days
(16 years, 142 days)
2 Michael Domenec
(1816–1878)
Michael Domenec Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Pope Pius IX September 28, 1860 – January 11, 1876
(Appointed Bishop of Allegheny)
15 years, 105 days
3 John Tuigg
(1820–1889)
John Tuigg Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Vicar General of the
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Pope Pius IX January 11, 1876 – December 7, 1889
(Died)
13 years, 330 days
4 Richard Phelan
(1828–1904)
Richard Phelan Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Coadjutor Bishop of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Cebeyra
Pope Leo XIII December 7, 1889 – December 20, 1904
(Died)
15 years, 13 days
5 Regis Canevin
(1853–1927)
Regis Canevin Bishop of Pittsburgh COA.svg Coadjutor Bishop of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Sabratha
Pope Pius X December 20, 1904 – January 9, 1921
(Retired and appointed Titular Archbishop of Pelusium)
16 years, 20 days
6 Hugh Boyle
(1873–1950)
Hugh Charles Boyle Bishop of Pittsburgh COA.svg Pope Benedict XV June 16, 1921 – December 22, 1950
(Died)
29 years, 189 days
7 John Dearden
(1907–1988)
John Dearden Bishop of Pittsburgh COA.svg Coadjutor Bishop of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Sarepta
Pope Pius XII December 22, 1950 – December 18, 1958
(Appointed Archbishop of Detroit)
7 years, 361 days
8 John Wright
(1909–1979)
John Wright Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Titular Bishop of Aegeae
Pope John XXIII January 23, 1959 – June 1, 1969
(Appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy)
10 years, 129 days
9 Vincent Leonard
(1908–1994)
Vincent Leonard Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Arsacal
Pope Paul VI June 1, 1969 – June 30, 1983
(Retired)
14 years, 29 days
10 Anthony Bevilacqua
(1923–2012)
Anthony Bevilacqua Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Titular Bishop of Aquae Albae in Byzacena
Pope John Paul II October 7, 1983 – December 8, 1987
(Appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia)
4 years, 62 days
11 Donald Wuerl
(1940–)
Donald Wuerl Bishop of Pittsburgh.svg Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle
Titular Bishop of Rosemarkie
Pope John Paul II February 11, 1988 – May 16, 2006
(Appointed Archbishop of Washington)
18 years, 94 days
12 David Zubik
(1949–)
David Allen Zubik Bishop of Pittsburgh COA.svg Bishop of Green Bay Pope Benedict XVI July 18, 2007 – present 9 years, 251 days

Coadjutor bishops[edit]

  • † Richard Phelan (1885–1889) – Succeeded to Pittsburgh on December 7, 1889
  • † J.F. Regis Canevin (1903–1904) – Succeeded to Pittsburgh on December 20, 1904
  • † John Dearden (1948–1950) – Succeeded to Pittsburgh on December 22, 1950

† = deceased

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  1. Coleman F. Carroll (1953–1958) – Appointed first bishop of Miami (Florida) on August 8, 1958; installed on October 7, 1958; became first archbishop of Miami on March 2, 1968: died on July 26, 1977
  2. † Vincent Martin Leonard (1964–1969) – Appointed bishop of Pittsburgh on June 1, 1969
  3. John Bernard McDowell (1966–1996) – Resigned on September 30, 1996; died on February 25, 2010
  4. Anthony G. Bosco (1970–1987) – Appointed bishop of Greensburg (Pennsylvania) on April 2, 1987; installed on June 30, 1987; resigned on March 4, 2004
  5. William J. Winter (1989–2005) – Resigned on May 20, 2005
  6. Thomas J. Tobin (1992–1996) – Appointed bishop of Youngstown (Ohio) on December 5, 1995; installed on February 2, 1996; appointed bishop of Providence (Rhode Island) on March 31, 2005
  7. David A. Zubik (1997–2003) – Appointed bishop of Green Bay (Wisconsin) on October 9, 2003; installed on December 12, 2003; appointed bishop of Pittsburgh in 2007
  8. Paul J. Bradley (2004–2009) – Appointed bishop of Kalamazoo on April 6, 2009; installed on June 5, 2009

† = deceased

Other bishops who once were priests of the Diocese of Pittsburgh[edit]

The following men began their service as priests in Pittsburgh before being appointed bishops elsewhere:

  • Anthony Gerard Bosco – Bishop Emeritus of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Died on July 2, 2013.
  • Paul Joseph Bradley – Currently Bishop of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Edward James Burns (1983–2009) – Appointed Bishop of Juneau, Alaska on January 19, 2009; installed on April 2, 2009. Appointed Bishop of Dallas on December 13, 2016.
  • Coleman Francis Carroll – Archbishop of Miami, Florida. Died on July 26, 1977.
  • Howard Joseph Carroll – Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. Died on March 21, 1960.
  • William Graham Connare – Bishop Emeritus of Greensburg. Died on June 12, 1995.
  • Nicholas Carmen Dattilo – Bishop of Harrisburg. Died on March 5, 2004.
  • Daniel Cardinal DiNardo (1977–1997) – Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa on August 19, 1997; succeeded to the see on November 28, 1998. Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Galveston-Houston on January 16, 2004; appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Galveston-Houston on December 29, 2004; succeeded to the see on February 28, 2006. Named Cardinal-Priest on November 24, 2007; installed on February 20, 2008.
  • Norbert Felix Gaughan – Bishop Emeritus of Gary, Indiana. Died on October 1, 1999.
  • Jerome Daniel Hannan – Bishop of Scranton. Died on December 15, 1965.
  • Ralph Leo Hayes (1909–1933) – Appointed Bishop of Helena, Montana on June 23, 1933; installed on October 5, 1933. Appointed Rector of the Pontifical North American College on October 26, 1935. Appointed Bishop of Davenport, Iowa on November 16, 1944; resigned on October 20, 1966. Died on July 5, 1970.
  • Bernard Anthony Hebda – Currently Archbishop of St.Paul-Minneapolis.
  • Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida – Currently Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit.
  • Tobias Mullen – Bishop Emeritus of Erie and Titular Bishop of Germanicopolis. Died on April 22, 1900.
  • James O'Connor – Bishop of Omaha. Died on May 27, 1890.
  • Thomas Joseph Tobin – Currently Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Donald Cardinal Wuerl (1966–1985) – Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Washington on November 30, 1985; ordained on January 6, 1986. Returned to Pittsburgh as diocesan bishop on February 12, 1988; appointed Archbishop of Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2006 and installed on June 22, 2006. Created cardinal on November 20, 2010.

† = deceased

High schools[edit]

Diocesan[edit]

Parochial[edit]

Private or independent[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocesan Statistics". }[dead link]
  2. ^ Smith, Craig (March 1, 2009). "Diocese considers plan to ease shortage of priests". Tribune-Review. Tribune-Review Publishing Company. Retrieved March 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ Cronin, Mike (May 3, 2010). "Lawrenceville's St. John Neumann will be 16th closing since 2005". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Tribune-Review Publishing Company. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Cheney, David M (November 20, 2010). "Diocese of Pittsburgh". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ History of Bishops Archived December 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh website. Retrieved March 19, 2010.

Sources[edit]

  • Glenn, Francis A. (1993). Shepherds of the Faith 1843–1993: A Brief History of the Bishops of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. ISBN none. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°26′50.83″N 79°56′59.42″W / 40.4474528°N 79.9498389°W / 40.4474528; -79.9498389