Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester

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Diocese of Worcester

Dioecesis Wigorniensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory County of Worcester, Massachusetts
Ecclesiastical province Boston
Metropolitan Boston
Coordinates 42°15′55″N71°48′24″W / 42.26528°N 71.80667°W / 42.26528; -71.80667 Coordinates: 42°15′55″N71°48′24″W / 42.26528°N 71.80667°W / 42.26528; -71.80667
Population
- Catholics

350,000 (43.8%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 14, 1950
Cathedral St. Paul's Cathedral
Patron saint St. Paul
Current leadership
Pope Francis
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)
Map
Diocese of Worcester map 1.jpg
Website
worcesterdiocese.org
Cathedral of St. Paul Cathedral of Saint Paul, Worcester MA.jpg
Cathedral of St. Paul
St. Joseph Basilica, Webster Webster-basilica-exterior1.png
St. Joseph Basilica, Webster

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.

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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 260th Pope of the Catholic Church

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.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts diocese of the Catholic Church

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 Catholic bishop

Robert Joseph McManus is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bishops

Bishops of Worcester

  1. John Joseph Wright (1950-1959), appointed Bishop of Pittsburgh and later Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy (elevated to Cardinal in 1969)
  2. Bernard Joseph Flanagan (1959-1983)
  3. Timothy Joseph Harrington (1983-1994)
  4. Daniel Patrick Reilly (1994-2004)
  5. Robert Joseph McManus (2004–present)

Auxiliary bishops

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 American bishop

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.

Other bishops who had been priests of the Diocese of Worcester

Michael Wallace Banach is a Diplomat of the Holy See.

Organization of parishes

In 2004, Bishop Reilly grouped parishes into "clusters". [1] [2] 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 LundriganRev. Wilmar Ramos
St. John Paul II Southbridge Rev. Kenneth R. CardinaleRev. Juan G. Herrera
Blessed Sacrament Worcester Rev. Richard Trainor
Christ the KingWorcesterRev. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan
Good Shepherd Linwood Rev. Lawrence J. EspositoRev. Daniel Moreno
Holy Cross Templeton (East Templeton)Rev. Patrick Ssekyole
Holy FamilyWorcesterRev. 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 ConceptionWorcesterRev. 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 CzęstochowaWorcesterRev. Ryszard PolekRev. Edward Michalski
Our Lady of Good Counsel West Boylston Rev. Thirburse F. Millott
Our Lady of LoretoWorcesterRev. Charles R. Armey
Our Lady of LourdesWorcesterRev. James B. O'Shea
Our Lady of Mercy (Maronite Eparchy of Brooklyn)WorcesterRev. Paul Mooradd
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. AnnWorcesterRev. Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Melkite Eparchy of Newton)WorcesterRt. Rev. Paul G. Frechette
Our Lady of the AngelsWorcesterRev. Charles F. Monroe
Our Lady of the Assumption Millbury Rev. Daniel R. Mulcahy
Our Lady of the Lake Leominster Rev. C. Michael BroderickRev. Carlos Ruiz
Our Lady of the Rosary Worcester Rev. Patrick J. Hawthorne
Our Lady of Vilna (historically Lithuanian, currently Vietnamese)WorcesterRev. 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, CSSRev. Gregory J. Hoppough, CSS (weekends)
Sacred Heart of Jesus Webster Rev. Adam Reid
Sacred Heart-St. Catherine of SwedenWorcesterRev. 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. ScollenRev. 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. FoleyRev. 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. EspositoRev. 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. BrusoRev. 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)WorcesterRev. Nelson J. Rivera
St. John WorcesterRev. John F. MaddenRev. 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. GrattarotiRev. 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. SandersRev. Miguel A. Pagan (Spanish Ministry)
St. Luke the Evangelist Westborough Rev. Msgr. Michael G. FoleyRev. 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 JoyceRev. Mateus Souza
St. Matthew Southborough Rev. James B. Flynn
St. Patrick Rutland Rev. James Boland
St. Patrick Whitinsville Rev. Tomasz J. BorkowskiRev. 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)WorcesterRev. Msgr. Francis J. ScollenRev. 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 ChurchWorcesterRev. Jonathan Slavinskas

High schools

Holy Name Central Catholic High School

Holy Name Central Catholic Junior Senior High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School (Massachusetts)

Immaculate Heart of Mary School is a private, Roman Catholic school near Harvard, Massachusetts.

Magnificat Academy was a Catholic middle school and high school located in Warren, Massachusetts, which opened in 2005 in the Parish Hall and Rectory of St. Paul Church with 20 students. It was operated independent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

* Operates independent of the Diocese

Administrators

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References

  1. "Office of Pastoral Planning" (PDF). Diocese of Worcester. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2007.
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20070904121218/http://www.catholicfreepress.org/parishes.html. Archived from the original on September 4, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2007.Missing or empty |title= (help)