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Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the central region of the state of the U.S. state of Washington. Headquartered in Yakima, the diocese comprises Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties. The diocesan cathedral is St. Paul Cathedral, and the diocesan bishop is Joseph J. Tyson. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Seattle, and its metropolitan archbishop is J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle.

Diocese of Yakima

Dioecesis Yakimensis
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CountryUnited States
TerritoryCentral Washington State
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Seattle
- Catholics

79,000[1] (12.2%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 23, 1951
CathedralSt. Paul Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopJoseph J. Tyson
Metropolitan ArchbishopJ. Peter Sartain
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St. Paul Cathedral

The diocese was canonically erected on June 23, 1951 by Pope Pius XII. Its territory was taken from the territory of the Dioceses of Seattle (which was concurrently elevated to an archdiocese) and Spokane. The diocese currently has 41 parishes and 7 Catholic schools.[1][2]

Bishops of YakimaEdit

The list of bishops of the diocese and their years of service:

  1. Joseph Patrick Dougherty (1951–1969)
  2. Cornelius Michael Power (1969–1974), appointed Archbishop of Portland in Oregon
  3. Nicolas Eugene Walsh (1974–1976)
  4. William Stephen Skylstad (1977–1990), appointed Bishop of Spokane
  5. Francis George, O.M.I. (1990–1996), appointed Archbishop of Portland in Oregon and later Archbishop of Chicago (elevated to Cardinal in 1998)
  6. Carlos Arthur Sevilla, S.J. (1996–2011)
  7. Joseph J. Tyson (2011–present)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Yakima". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Yakima". Retrieved 2014-04-16.

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