Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo

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Diocese of Toledo

Dioecesis Toletana in America
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
Diocese of Toledo color crest.png
Country United States
TerritoryThe counties of Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot in northwestern Ohio.
Ecclesiastical provinceCincinnati
Area8,222 sq mi (21,290 km2)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
321,516 (22%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedApril 15, 1910 (111 years ago)
CathedralOur Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
Patron saintQueen of the Most Holy Rosary
Current leadership
BishopDaniel Edward Thomas
Metropolitan ArchbishopDennis Marion Schnurr
Vicar GeneralRev. Msgr. William Kubacki
Diocese of Toledo (Ohio) map 1.jpg

The Diocese of Toledo (Latin: Dioecesis Toletana in America) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or diocese of the Catholic Church covering nineteen counties in northwestern Ohio. It is a suffragan see of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The See city for the diocese is Toledo. The eighth and current bishop of Toledo is Daniel Edward Thomas. Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese.


Pius X erected the diocese April 15, 1910, in territory taken from the Diocese of Cleveland.[1][2]

Sex Abuse[edit]

On August 18, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Rev. Michael Zacharias, 53, on charges of sex trafficking, coercion and enticement.[3] Zacharias was accused of grooming and engaging in sexual conduct with minors since the late 1990s.[3] On September 6, 2020, the Toledo Blade reported that there were flaws in the Diocese's efforts to combat sex abuse, such as the lack of psychological evaluations.[4]


Bishops of Toledo[edit]

  1. Joseph Schrembs (1911–1921), appointed Bishop of Cleveland (and Archbishop (ad personam) in 1939)
  2. Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (1921–1930), appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee and later Archbishop of Chicago and Pro-Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (elevated to Cardinal in 1946)
  3. Karl Joseph Alter (1931–1950), appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati
  4. George John Rehring (1950–1967)
  5. John Anthony Donovan (1967–1980)
  6. James Robert Hoffman (1980–2003)[5]
  7. Leonard Paul Blair (2003–2013), appointed Archbishop of Hartford
  8. Daniel Edward Thomas (2014–present)

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  1. Albert Henry Ottenweller (1974–1977), appointed Bishop of Steubenville
  2. James Robert Hoffman (1978–1980)[5]
  3. Robert William Donnelly (1984–2006)[6]

Other priests of the diocese who became bishops[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

The arms of the See of Toledo are based upon those of Toledo, Spain, which bears a silver tower on a plain red field. By changing the field to one half of blue (dexter) and half of red (sinister) the arms are significantly different from the original, and there is effected, in conjunction with the silver tower, a combination of red, white, and blue—a new and distinctively American Toledo coat. The tower has been marked with a red cross to indicate that the new Toledo is to be ever a Catholic stronghold.[7]

Heraldist Pierre de Chaignon la Rose designed the diocesan arms in 1912. The formal heraldic blazon is Per pale azure and gules, a tower triply-turreted, the central turret the tallest, argent, charged with a cross-humetty of the second.[8]



As of 2005, the Diocese covers 8,222 square miles (21,290 km2) in Williams County, Defiance County, Paulding County, Van Wert County, Fulton County, Henry County, Putnam County, Allen County, Lucas County, Wood County, Hancock County, Ottawa County, Sandusky County, Seneca County, Wyandot County, Crawford County, Erie County, Huron County, and Richland County.[9]


The Diocese contains about 319,907 Catholics in an area population of 1,465,561.[9]

General information[edit]


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo currently has 124 parishes.



  • In 2014, the Diocese of Toledo had 210 total priests, of whom 38 were from religious orders serving in the diocese and 68 were retired/senior status. It also had 10 religious brothers, 440 women religious (sisters), 197 permanent deacons and 23 diocesan seminarians.[9]
  • In 2018, the Diocese of Toledo had 203 total priests, of whom 63 were retired/senior status. Also included in the total number of priests are 44 from religious orders serving in the diocese (32 active, and 12 retired/senior status). The diocese also had 9 religious brothers, 410 religious women (sisters), 187 permanent deacons and 17 diocesan seminarians.[10]


  • As of 2018, the Diocese of Toledo had:
    • 54 elementary schools serving 10,561 students
    • 13 Catholic high schools serving 4,170 students
    • 2 colleges/universities with 3,816 full- and part-time students[10]


  • 3,006 Infant and Child Baptisms
  • 357 Adult Baptisms
  • 3,462 First Communions
  • 3,287 Confirmations
  • 1,117 Marriages

Catholic Charities[edit]

Ministries/Services Food Helping Hands of St. Louis H.O.P.E. Pantry Housing Shelters La Posada Miriam House Housing Services Homelessness Prevention Supportive Housing Life & Home Management Workshops Community Emergency Services Family Support Adoption Services Pregnancy Support Respect Life Ministry Abortion Healing/Support Bereavement Ministry Elder Guardianship Services Rural Life Ministry Jail & Prison Ministry Catholic Club – Daycare Elder Ministry Community Services Campaign for Human Development Disaster Response


Elementary schools[edit]

  • All Saints Elementary, Rossford
  • Bishop Hoffman Elementary, Fremont
  • Blessed Sacrament Elementary, Toledo
  • Calvert Elementary, Tiffin
  • Cardinal Stritch Catholic Academy, Oregon
  • Christ the King Elementary, Toledo
  • Divine Mercy Elementary, Payne
  • Gesu, Toledo
  • Holy Cross Elementary, Defiance
  • Holy Trinity Elementary, Assumption
  • Holy Trinity Elementary, Bucyrus
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary, Bellevue
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary, Port Clinton
  • Cardinal Stritch Catholic Academy, Oregon
  • Lial Catholic, Whitehouse
  • Norwalk Catholic, Norwalk
  • Our Lady of Consolation Elementary, Carey
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Toledo
  • Queen of Apostles Elementary, Toledo
  • Regina Coeli Elementary, Toledo
  • Rosary Cathedral Elementary, Toledo
  • Sacred Heart Elementary, Bethlehem
  • Saint Aloysius Elementary, Bowling Green
  • Saint Anthony of Padua Elementary, Columbus Grove
  • Saint Augustine Elementary, Napoleon
  • Saint Benedict Elementary, Toledo
  • Saint Bernard Elementary, New Washington
  • Saint Boniface Elementary, Oak Harbor
  • Saint Catherine Preschool, Toledo
  • Saint Charles Elementary, Lima
  • Saint Francis Xavier Elementary, Willard
  • Saint Gerard Elementary, Lima
  • Saint Joan of Arc Elementary, Toledo

High schools[edit]



  • Alter Elementary, Rossford, Ohio (now All Saints)
  • Divine Word Seminary Perrysburg (closed in 1984)
  • Franciscan Academy, Sylvania (closed, 2014)
  • Holy Angels, Sandusky (combined with Sandusky Central Catholic Schools)
  • Holy Spirit Seminary Toledo (closed in 1982)
  • Immaculate Conception, Toledo (combined with Sts. Peter & Paul to form Queen of Peace)
  • Mary Immaculate Elementary (closed, 2013)
  • McAuley High School, Toledo
  • Pope John Paul II, Toledo (closed, 2008)
  • Queen of Peace, Toledo (combined with St. James to form Queen of Apostles)
  • St. Adalbert, Toledo (combined with St. Hedwig to form Pope John Paul II in 2005)
  • St. Agnes, Toledo (closed, 2005)
  • St. Charles, Toledo (closed, 2008)
  • St. Clement, Toledo (closed)
  • St. Hedwig, Toledo (combined with St. Adalbert to form Pope John Paul II in 2005)
  • St. Hyacinth, Toledo (closed, 2005)
  • St. James, Toledo (combined with Queen of Peace to form Queen of Apostles)
  • St. John the Baptist, Toledo (closed, 2016)
  • St. Jude, Toledo (closed, 2002)
  • St. Martin de Porres, Toledo (closed, 2002)
  • St. Mary, Sandusky (combined with Sandusky Central Catholic Schools)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, Toledo (closed, 2002)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul, Toledo (combined with Immaculate Conception to form Queen of Peace)
  • Sts Peter and Paul, Sandusky (combined with Sandusky Central Catholic Schools)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Sacred Heart, St. Stephen (Toledo) and St. Jerome (Walbridge) combined to form Kateri Catholic Academy, later renamed Cardinal Stritch Catholic Academy
  • St. Wendelin High School, Fostoria (Closed, 2017)

Catholic radio within the Diocese[edit]

Catholic Radio began broadcasting in the Diocese in the summer or 2010 beginning with WJTA followed by WNOC.

Several local stations owned by separate entities. These include:

(plus four sister stations):

Other stations in the diocese include:

  • WJTA 88.9 FM licensed to Glandorf and based in Leipsic serving Putnam and surrounding counties as "Holy Family Radio" which also serves the Findlay and northern portions of the Lima areas.
  • WOHA 94.9 FM in Ada, serving the greater Lima area as a simulcast of WJTA.
  • WSJG-LP 103.3 FM in Tiffin as "St. John Paul The Great Radio."


  1. ^ "Diocese of Toledo". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-04.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Toledo". Retrieved 2007-02-04.
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  5. ^ a b "Bishop Hoffman remembered". The Toledo Blade. 2003-02-10.
  6. ^ Barger, TK (29 July 2014). "Bishop Donnelly's life celebrated". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  7. ^ "About Our Diocese". Diocese of Toledo.
  8. ^ "Some Recent Episcopal Arms: Arms of the Bishop of Toledo". The American Ecclesiastical Review. Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press. 46 (1): 93–94. January 1912.
  9. ^ a b c "The Diocese of Toledo in America Statistical Overview" (PDF). Diocese of Toledo. August 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  10. ^ a b Diocese of Toledo (July 2018). "The Diocese of Toledo in America: 2018-2019 Statistical Overview" (PDF).
  11. ^ "The Catholic Diocese of Toledo - Schools". Retrieved 2021-08-23.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°39′55″N 83°34′30″W / 41.66528°N 83.57500°W / 41.66528; -83.57500