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Diocese of Worcester
|Territory||County of Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Established||January 14, 1950|
|Cathedral||St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Patron saint||St. Paul|
|Bishop||Robert Joseph McManus|
|Metropolitan Archbishop|| Seán Patrick O'Malley |
Archbishop of Boston
|Emeritus Bishops|| Daniel Patrick Reilly Bishop Emeritus (1994-2004)|
George Edward Rueger Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1987-2005)
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the New England region of the United States. The geographic boundaries of the diocese are the same as those of Worcester County, Massachusetts, the geographically largest county of the state of Massachusetts. It is headed by a bishop who has his see at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in the city of Worcester.
The word diocese is derived from the Greek term dioikesis (διοίκησις) meaning "administration". Today, when used in an ecclesiastical sense, it refers to the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
New England is a geographical region composed of six states of the northeastern United States: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is bordered by the state of New York to the west and by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and north, respectively. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, and Long Island Sound is to the south. Boston is New England's largest city as well as the capital of Massachusetts. The largest metropolitan area is Greater Boston with nearly a third of the entire region's population, which also includes Worcester, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 18 megadiverse countries.
Pope Pius XII erected the diocese on January 14, 1950, with territories taken from the neighboring Diocese of Springfield. The fifth and current bishop is Robert Joseph McManus.
Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, was head of the Catholic Church from 2 March 1939 to his death. Before his election to the papacy, he served as secretary of the Department of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, papal nuncio to Germany, and Cardinal Secretary of State, in which capacity he worked to conclude treaties with European and Latin American nations, most notably the Reichskonkordat with Nazi Germany.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the New England region of the United States comprising the counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Robert Joseph McManus is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Timothy Joseph Harrington was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Worcester from 1983 to 1994.
George Edward Rueger is a retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts from 1987 to 2005.
Michael Wallace Banach is a Diplomat of the Holy See.
In 2004, Bishop Reilly grouped parishes into "clusters".The purpose of this system is to allow communities to come together for regional events. Also, priests may substitute for one another at a particular parish.
|Parish|| City/Town ||Pastor/Administrator||Associate Pastor/Vicar|
|Annunciation Parish||Gardner||Rev. Stephen Lundrigan||Rev. Wilmar Ramos|
|St. John Paul II||Southbridge||Rev. Kenneth R. Cardinale||Rev. Juan G. Herrera|
|Blessed Sacrament||Worcester||Rev. Richard Trainor|
|Christ the King||Worcester||Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan|
|Good Shepherd||Linwood||Rev. Lawrence J. Esposito||Rev. Daniel Moreno|
|Holy Cross||Templeton (East Templeton)||Rev. Patrick Ssekyole|
|Holy Family||Worcester||Rev. Steven M. LaBaire|
|Holy Family of Nazareth||Leominster||Rev. José A. Rodriguez|
|Holy Trinity||Harvard/Bolton||Rev. Terence T. Kilcoyne|
|Immaculate Conception||Lancaster||Rev. Thomas H. Hultquist|
|Immaculate Conception||Worcester||Rev. Walter J. Riley|
|Immaculate Heart of Mary||Winchendon||Rev. Michael Clements|
|Mary, Queen of the Rosary||Spencer||Rev. William Schipper|
|North American Martyrs||Auburn||Rev. John F. Gee|
|Our Lady Immaculate||Athol||Rev. Edwin Montaña|
|Our Lady of Częstochowa||Worcester||Rev. Ryszard Polek||Rev. Edward Michalski|
|Our Lady of Good Counsel||West Boylston||Rev. Thirburse F. Millott|
|Our Lady of Loreto||Worcester||Rev. Charles R. Armey|
|Our Lady of Lourdes||Worcester||Rev. James B. O'Shea|
|Our Lady of Mercy (Maronite Eparchy of Brooklyn)||Worcester||Rev. Paul Mooradd|
|Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann||Worcester||Rev. Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone|
|Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Melkite Eparchy of Newton)||Worcester||Rt. Rev. Paul G. Frechette|
|Our Lady of the Angels||Worcester||Rev. Charles F. Monroe|
|Our Lady of the Assumption||Millbury||Rev. Daniel R. Mulcahy|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Leominster||Rev. C. Michael Broderick||Rev. Carlos Ruiz|
|Our Lady of the Rosary||Worcester||Rev. Patrick J. Hawthorne|
|Our Lady of Vilna (historically Lithuanian, currently Vietnamese)||Worcester||Rev. Peter Tam M. Bui|
|Prince of Peace||Princeton||Rev. James J. Caldarella|
|Sacred Heart of Jesus||Hopedale||Rev. William C. Konicki|
|Sacred Heart of Jesus||Milford||Rev. Richard A. Scioli, CSS||Rev. Gregory J. Hoppough, CSS (weekends)|
|Sacred Heart of Jesus||Webster||Rev. Adam Reid|
|Sacred Heart-St. Catherine of Sweden||Worcester||Rev. George J. Ridick|
|St. Aloysius||Gilbertville||Rev. Richard A. Lembo|
|St. Aloysius-St. Jude||Leicester||Rev. John M. Lizewiski|
|St. Andrew Bobola (Polish)||Dudley||Rev. Krzysztof Korcz|
|St. Andrew the Apostle||Worcester||Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Scollen||Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas|
|St. Ann||Oxford (North Oxford)||Rev. Michael N. Lavallee|
|St. Anna||Leominster||Rev. Frederick D. Fraini, III|
|St. Anne||Ashburnham (South Ashburnham)||Rev. John E. Horgan|
|St. Anne||Shrewsbury||Rev. John J. Foley||Rev. Paul T. O'Connell (Senior Priest)|
|St. Anne||Southborough||Rev. Conrad S. Pesevich|
|St. Anne & St. Patrick (run by Assumptionists)||Sturbridge (Fiskedale)||Rev. Peter R. Precourt, AA|
|St. Anthony of Padua||Fitchburg||Rev. Juan Ramirez|
|St. Anthony of Padua||Dudley||Rev. Joseph A. Marcotte|
|St. Augustine Mission||Hardwick (Wheelwright)||Rev. Richard A. Lembo|
|St. Augustine||Millville||Rev. Lawrence J. Esposito||Rev. Daniel Moreno|
|St. Bernadette||Northborough||Rev. Ronald G. Falco|
|St. Bernard @ St. Camillus de Lellis Church||Fitchburg||Rev. Joseph M. Dolan|
|St. Boniface||Lunenburg||Rev. Dennis J. O'Brien (Admin.)||Rev. Anthony Mpagi|
|St. Brigid||Millbury||Rev. Daniel R. Mulcahy, Jr.|
|St. Cecilia||Leominster||Rev. Robert D. Bruso||Rev. Erik Asante|
|St. Christopher||Worcester||Rev. Stanley F. Krutcik|
|St. Columba||Paxton||Rev. Manuel Clavijo|
|St. Denis||Ashburnham||Rev. Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa|
|St. Denis||Douglas||Rev. Ernest P. Allega|
|St. Edward the Confessor||Westminster||Rev. Kevin F. Hartford|
|St. Francis of Assisi||Athol||Rev. Edwin Montaña|
|St. Francis of Assisi (Hispanic)||Fitchburg||Rev. Emerito Ortiz|
|St. Francis of Assisi||South Barre||Rev. James B. Callahan|
|St. Gabriel the Archangel||Upton||Rev. Laurence V. Brault|
|St. George||Worcester||Rev. Edward D. Niccolls|
|St. James||Grafton (South Grafton)||Rev. Edward J. Hanlon|
|St. Joan of Arc (Hispanic)||Worcester||Rev. Nelson J. Rivera|
|St. John||Worcester||Rev. John F. Madden||Rev. Msgr. Edmond T. Tinsley (Senior Priest)|
|St. John the Baptist||East Brookfield||Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas (Admin.)||Rec. Donald C. Ouellette|
|St. John, Guardian of Our Lady||Clinton||Rev. Joseph M. Nally|
|St. Joseph||Auburn||Rev. Paul M. Bomba|
|St. Joseph||Charlton||Rev. Robert A. Grattaroti||Rev. Donato Infante, III|
|St. Joseph||Fitchburg||Rev. Mark Rainville|
|St. Joseph & St. Pius X||Leicester||Rev. John M. Lizewski|
|St. Joseph||North Brookfield||Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas (Admin.)||Rev. Donald C. Ouellette|
|St. Joseph Basilica||Webster||Very Rev. Msgr. Anthony S. Czarnecki|
|St. Joseph the Good Provider||Berlin||Rev. Thomas Tokarz|
|St. Leo||Leominster||Rev. William E. Champlin|
|St. Louis||Webster||Rev. William F. Sanders||Rev. Miguel A. Pagan (Spanish Ministry)|
|St. Luke the Evangelist||Westborough||Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Foley||Rev. Joseph RIce|
|St. Mark||Sutton||Rev. Michael A. Digeronimo|
|St. Martin Mission||Templeton (Otter River)||Rev. Patrick Ssekyole|
|St. Mary||Grafton (North Grafton)||Rev. Leo-Paul LeBlanc|
|St. Mary||Holden (Jefferson)||Rev. Timothy M. Brewer|
|St. Mary||Shrewsbury||Rev. Msgr. Michael F. Rose|
|St. Mary||Uxbridge||Rev. Nicholas Desimone|
|St. Mary of the Hills||Boylston||Rev. Manuel A. Clavijo|
|St. Mary the Assumption||Milford||Rev. Peter Joyce||Rev. Mateus Souza|
|St. Matthew||Southborough||Rev. James B. Flynn|
|St. Patrick||Rutland||Rev. James Boland|
|St. Patrick||Whitinsville||Rev. Tomasz J. Borkowski||Rev. Juan D. Echavarria|
|St. Paul||Blackstone||Rev. D. Timothy O'Mara|
|St. Paul||Warren||Rev. Daniel J. Becker|
|St. Paul Cathedral||Worcester||Very Rev. Msgr. Robert K. Johnson (Rector)||Rev. Angel R. Matos|
|St. Peter||Northbridge||Rev. Thomas G. Landry III|
|St. Peter||Petersham||Rev. Edwin Montaña|
|St. Peter (Hispanic and African-American)||Worcester||Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Scollen||Rev. Charles Omolo|
|St. Philip||Grafton||Rev. Leo-Paul LeBlanc|
|St. Richard of Chichester||Sterling||Rev. James M. Steuterman|
|St. Roch||Oxford||Rev. Michael J. Roy|
|St. Rose of Lima||Northborough||Rev. James A. Houston|
|St. Stanislaus||Warren (West Warren)||Rev. Daniel J. Becker|
|St. Stephen||Worcester||Rev. Stephen LaBaire|
|St. Theresa||Blackstone||Rev. Thien X. Nguyen|
|St. Vincent de Paul||Templeton (Baldwinville)||Rev. Francis A. Roberge|
|Our Lady of Providence @ St Bernard's Church||Worcester||Rev. Jonathan Slavinskas|
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