Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

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Diocese of Brooklyn
Dioecesis Bruklyniensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.svg
Coat of arms
Flag of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.svg
Country  United States
Territory Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County)
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of New York
Metropolitan 310 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
Area 179 sq mi (460 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
1,567,000 (32.1%)
Schools 119
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 29, 1853
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. James
Co-cathedral Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Secular priests 544
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
Metropolitan Archbishop Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Auxiliary Bishops Octavio Cisneros
Paul Robert Sanchez
Raymond Francis Chappetto
James Massa
Witold Mroziewski
Neil Edward Tiedemann
Emeritus Bishops René Arnold Valero
Guy Sansaricq
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The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn (top) and Saint Joseph Church in Prospect Heights, named co-cathedral in February 2013 (bottom)

The Diocese of Brooklyn is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. state of New York. It is headquartered in Brooklyn and its territory encompasses the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of New York. The diocesan cathedral is the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn and its co-cathedral is the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights. The current diocesan bishop is Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio.

Brooklyn is one of the few dioceses in the United States that is made up of 100% urban territory.[1]

The Bishop of Brooklyn presides from both the Cathedral Basilica of St. James and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. This atypical arrangement was required due to the small size of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James. St. Joseph's Church was designated as a Co-Cathedral for the Diocese of Brooklyn on February 14, 2013, by Pope Benedict XVI after Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio petitioned the Vatican. [2]


The diocese was established in 1853 out of the territory of the Archdiocese of New York, at a time when Brooklyn was still a separate city from New York City.[3] It originally included all of Long Island, but its present-day territory was established in 1957 when Nassau and Suffolk Counties were split to form the Diocese of Rockville Centre.[4]


The lists of the bishops and auxiliary bishops of the diocese and their years of service, followed by other priests of the diocese who became bishops:

Ordinaries (Bishops of the Diocese)

  1. Bishop John Loughlin (1853–1891)
  2. Bishop Charles Edward McDonnell (1892–1921)
  3. Bishop Thomas Edmund Molloy (1922–1956), Archbishop (personal title) (1951–1956)
  4. Bishop Bryan Joseph McEntegart (1957–1968), Archbishop (personal title) (1966–1968)
  5. Bishop Francis Mugavero (1968–1990)
  6. Bishop Thomas Vose Daily (1990–2003)
  7. Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio (2003–present)


Other priests of the diocese who became bishops


The bishop is also the true principal of the diocese's pre-seminary high school, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. As of March 2009, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is the only full-time high school seminary in the nation[citation needed]. Three Diocesan and/or parish high schools are under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens[citation needed].

High schools

There are three Diocesan and/or parish high schools under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. While the Catholic high schools below may geographically lie within the diocese, most are run independently of it. [5]



Elementary schools

Queen of All Saints School, Fort Greene

There were 116 Diocesan and parish elementary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens in March 2009. In the fall of 2009, a new free tuition school called the Pope John Paul II Family Academy [6] opened [7] at St. Barbara's School in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The following eight schools have closed,[8] reducing the total number of schools to 111:

  • Flatbush Catholic Academy
  • Most Precious Blood School
  • St. Benedict Joseph Labre School
  • St. Catherine of Sienna School
  • St. Aloysius School
  • St. Ann School
  • Blessed Sacrament School
  • Ss. Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy


There are nine Roman Catholic cemeteries serving the Diocese of Brooklyn; two in Brooklyn, five in Queens and three outside the Diocese of Brooklyn.



  • Saint John Cemetery
  • Mount St. Mary Cemetery
  • St. Monica Cemetery
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery
  • Calvary

Outside of the Diocese of Brooklyn

  • St. Charles / Resurrection Cemeteries
  • Trinity Cemetery
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery



  1. ^ Coen, Joseph W.; McNamara, Patrick, J.; Vaccari, Peter I. Diocese of Immigrants: The Brooklyn Catholic Experience 1853-2003, Éditions du Signe, 2004. ISBN 2-7468-0912-5. p. 120
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  4. ^ Who We Are," Diocese of Rockville Centre website (accessed 2009-November–02).
  5. ^ "Catholic High Schools". Diocese of Brooklyn website. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  6. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-27). "Rich donor aids new Catholic school for poor fams". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  7. ^ Pope John Pall II Family Academy official site
  8. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-13). "Church saves six schools, closes eight others in Brooklyn & Queens". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Official Site

Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 73°59′11″W / 40.69694°N 73.98639°W / 40.69694; -73.98639

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