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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is a Latin Catholic archdiocese in New York State. It encompasses the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island in New York City and the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester in New York. The Archdiocese of New York is the second-largest diocese in the United States, encompassing 296 parishes that serve around 2.8 million Catholics in addition to hundreds of Catholic schools, hospitals and charities.[2][3] The Archdiocese also operates the well-known St. Joseph's Seminary, commonly referred to as Dunwoodie. The Archdiocese of New York is the metropolitan see of the ecclesiastical province of New York which includes the suffragan dioceses of Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre and Syracuse.

Archdiocese of New York

Archidioecesis Neo-Eboracensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.svg
CountryUnited States
TerritoryNew York City (Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island), Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester, New York
Ecclesiastical provinceNew York
MetropolitanNew York City, New York
Area12,212 km2 (4,715 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
2,642,740 (45%)
RiteRoman Rite
Established8 April 1808
(As Diocese of New York)
19 July 1850
(As Archdiocese of New York)
CathedralSt. Patrick's Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Patrick
Secular priests932
Current leadership
ArchbishopTimothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Auxiliary Bishops
Vicar GeneralJoseph LaMorte
Bishops emeritus
Archdiocese of New York map 1.png
St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

The Latin name of the archdiocese is Archidioecesis Neo-Eboracensis (Eboracum being the Roman name of York, England), and the corporate name is Archdiocese of New York.

It publishes a bi-weekly newspaper, Catholic New York, the largest of its kind in the United States.[4]


The ordinary of the Archdiocese of New York is an archbishop whose cathedra is The Cathedral of St. Patrick (commonly St. Patrick's Cathedral) in Manhattan, New York. The Archbishop of New York is also the metropolitan of the larger Ecclesiastical Province of New York, which consists of the eight dioceses that comprise the State of New York with the exception of a small portion (Fishers Island) that belongs to the Province of Hartford. As such, the metropolitan archbishop possesses certain limited authority over the suffragan sees of the province (see ecclesiastical province).

R. Luke Concanen became the first Bishop of the (then) Diocese of New York in 1808. The current Archbishop of New York is Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan.


Initially, the territory that now makes up the Archdiocese of New York was part of the Prefecture Apostolic of United States of America which was established on November 26, 1784. On November 6, 1789, the Prefecture was elevated to a diocese and the present territory of the Archdiocese of New York fell under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Baltimore, headed by the first American bishop, John Carroll.[5]

At the time, there was a dearth of priests to minister to the large territory. The first Roman Catholic Church in New York City was St. Peter's on Barclay Street. The land was purchased from Trinity Church with community donations and a gift of 1,000 pieces of silver from King Charles III of Spain. The church was built in the federal style. Among its regular worshippers were Saint Elizabeth Seton and Venerable Pierre Toussaint.[6]

On April 8, 1808, the Holy See raised Baltimore to the status of an Archdiocese. At the same time, the dioceses of Philadelphia, Boston, Bardstown (now Louisville, KY) and New York were created as suffragan dioceses of Baltimore. At the time of its establishment, the Diocese of New York covered all of the State of New York, as well as the northeastern New Jersey counties of Sussex, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex, and Monmouth.[7]

Since the first appointed bishop could not set sail from Italy due to the Napoleonic blockade, a Jesuit priest, Anthony Kohlmann, was appointed administrator. He was instrumental in organizing the diocese and preparing for the Cathedral of St. Patrick to be built on Mulberry Street. Among the difficulties faced by Catholics at the time was anti-Catholic bigotry in general and in the New York school system. A strong Nativist movement sought to keep Catholics out of the country and to prevent those already present from advancing.[5]

On April 23, 1847 territory was taken from the diocese to form the dioceses of Albany and Buffalo.[8][9][10][11] The diocese was elevated to an archdiocese on July 19, 1850. On July 29, 1853 territory was again taken from the diocese, this time to form the Diocese of Newark and the Diocese of Brooklyn.[12][13][14] The Bahamas were made a part of the Archdiocese of New York, establishing the first permanent Catholic presence, on July 25, 1885 due to their proximity to New York's busy port. Churches and schools were constructed and administered until The Bahamas' eventual dissociation to form the Prefecture Apostolic of Bahama (now the Archdiocese of Nassau) on March 21, 1929. By 1932, The Bahamas were no longer under the spiritual jurisdiction of New York.[15]

Archdiocesan demographicsEdit

As of 2014 the Catholic population of the Archdiocese is 2,634,624. These Catholics were served by 932 archdiocesan priests and 913 priests of religious orders. Also laboring in the diocese were 359 permanent deacons, 1,493 religious brothers, and 3,153 nuns.[16]

For comparison, in 1929, the Catholic population of the Archdiocese was 1,273,291 persons. There were 1,314 clergy ministering in the archdiocese and 444 churches. There were also 170,348 children in Catholic educational and welfare institutions.[17]

In 1959, there were 7,913 nuns and sisters ministering in the Archdiocese, representing 103 different religious orders.

Anniversaries of significance to the archdioceseEdit

  • January 4 - Memorial of Elizabeth Ann Seton, native of New York
  • January 5 - Memorial of John Neumann, ordained a priest of New York
  • February 18 - Anniversary of Archbishop Dolan's elevation to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI (2012)
  • February 23 -Anniversary of Archbishop Dolan's appointment to the Archdiocese by Pope Benedict XVI (2009)
  • March 17 - Solemnity of Saint Patrick, Patronal Feast of both the Archdiocese and the Cathedral
  • April 8 - Anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of New York (1808)
  • April 15 - Anniversary of Archbishop Dolan's Installation (2009)
  • May 5 - Memorial of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers
  • July 14 - Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, born near Albany in territory which was once part of the Diocese of New York
  • September 5 - Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who did missionary work in the Bronx
  • October 5 - Anniversary of Dedication of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick
  • November 13 - Memorial of Frances Xavier Cabrini, missionary in New York

Bishops and PrelatesEdit

Diocesan bishopsEdit

The following is a list of the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of New York who have served as the diocesan bishop of New York (and their tenures of service):

Bishops of New YorkEdit

  1. R. Luke Concanen, O.P. (1808–1810)
  2. John Connolly, O.P. (1814–1825)
  3. John Dubois, S.S. (1826–1842)
  4. John Hughes (1842–1850)

Archbishops of New YorkEdit

  1. John Hughes (1850–1864)
  2. Cardinal John McCloskey (1864–1885)
  3. Michael Corrigan (1885–1902)
  4. Cardinal John Farley (1902–1918)
  5. Cardinal Patrick Hayes (1919–1938)
  6. Cardinal Francis Spellman (1939–1967)
  7. Cardinal Terence Cooke (1968–1983)
  8. Cardinal John O'Connor (1984–2000)
  9. Cardinal Edward Egan (2000–2009)
  10. Cardinal Timothy Dolan (2009–present)

Coadjutor bishopsEdit

Auxiliary Bishops of New YorkEdit

Other bishops who once were priests in the Archdiocese of New YorkEdit



Religious ordersEdit


The following cemeteries are under the auspices of Calvary & Allied Cemeteries, Inc.:

Many parishes have their own cemeteries, or their own sections in private cemeteries. An incomplete list of those cemeteries follows:

  • All Souls Cemetery (Pleasantville) - Belongs to Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville.
  • Assumption Cemetery (Cortlandt Manor) - Belongs to Assumption Church in Peekskill.
  • Calvary Cemetery (Newburgh) - Belongs to St. Patrick Church in Newburgh.
  • Calvary Cemetery (Poughkeepsie) - Belongs to St. Martin de Porres Church in Poughkeepsie.
  • Holy Mount Cemetery (Eastchester) - Belongs to Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe.
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (New Rochelle) - Belongs to Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle.
  • Mount Calvary Cemetery (White Plains) - Belongs to St. John the Evangelist Church in White Plains.
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery (Barrytown) - Belongs to St. Christopher Church in Red Hook. The parish has a mission chapel in Barrytown.
  • St. Anastasia Cemetery (Harriman) - Belongs to St. Anastasia Church in Harriman.
  • St. Denis Cemetery (Hopewell Junction) - Belongs to St. Denis Church in Hopewell Junction.
  • St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery (Mount Kisco) - Belongs to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mount Kisco.
  • St. Joachim Cemetery (Beacon) - Belongs to St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon. The cemetery consists of an old section and a new section.
  • St. John Cemetery (Goshen) - Belongs to St. John the Evangelist Church in Goshen.
  • St. John Cemetery (Pawling) - Belongs to St. John the Evangelist Church in Pawling.
  • St. Joseph Cemetery (Florida) - Belongs to St. Joseph Church in Florida.
  • St. Joseph Cemetery (Middletown) - Belongs to St. Joseph Church in Middletown.
  • St. Joseph Cemetery (Millbrook) - Belongs to St. Joseph Church in Millbrook.
  • St. Joseph Cemetery (Wurtsboro, NY/ Mamakating) - Belongs to St. joseph Church in Wurtsboro.
  • St. Joseph Cemetery (Yonkers) - Belongs to St. Joseph Church in Yonkers.
  • St. Lucy Cemetery (Cochecton) - Belongs to St. Francis Xavier Church in Narrowsburg. There was formerly a mission church in Cochecton.
  • St. Mary Cemetery (Bangall) - Belongs to Immaculate Conception Church in Bangall.
  • St. Mary Cemetery (Port Jervis) - Belongs to St. Mary Church in Port Jervis.
  • St. Mary Cemetery (Wappingers Falls) - Belongs to St. Mary Church in Wappingers Falls.
  • St. Mary Cemetery (Washingtonville) - Belongs to St. Mary Church in Washingtonville.
  • St. Mary Cemetery (Yonkers) - Belongs to St. Mary Church in Yonkers.
  • St. Patrick Cemetery (Millerton) - Belongs to Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia. The parish has a mission chapel in Millerton.
  • St. Patrick Cemetery (Newburgh) - Belongs to St. Patrick Church in Newburgh.
  • St. Peter Cemetery (Kingston) - Belongs to St. Peter Church in Kingston.
  • St. Peter Cemetery (Poughkeepsie) - Belongs to St. Peter Church in Hyde Park. The church was formerly located in Poughkeepsie.
  • St. Raymond Cemetery (The Bronx) - Belongs to St. Raymond Church in the Bronx. The cemetery consists of an old section and a new section.
  • St. Stephen Cemetery (Warwick) - Belongs to St. Stephen-St. Edward Church in Warwick.
  • St. Sylvia Cemetery (Tivoli) - Belongs to St. Sylvia Church in Tivoli.
  • St. Thomas Cemetery (Cornwall-on-Hudson) - Belongs to St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Catholic charitable organizationsEdit

Saints, blesseds, and venerables of New YorkEdit

Shrines of New YorkEdit

Reports of sex abuseEdit

In August 2018, the archdiocese reported that between 2016 and 2018, its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program paid nearly $60 million to 278 victims of sex abuse by clergy.[19] On September 26, 2018, it was reported that the Archdiocese of New York, and the three other dioceses where Theodore McCarrick served as a bishop, were facing an investigation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for McCarrick's alleged sex abuse.[20] On January 28, 2018, the New York state Assembly and Senate passed a law allowing prosecutors to bring criminal charges until a victim turned 28, and permitting victims to sue until age 55.[21] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on February 14, 2019.[22]

List of Accused ClergyEdit

On April 26, 2019, the Archdiocese released a list of 120 Catholic clergy accused of committing acts of sexual abuse.[23] Some of those on the list, which includes both male and female church workers, have been convicted and many are deceased.[24][25] The list was accompanied by a letter of apology from Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who asked for forgiveness.[26]

Removal of Accused Clergy and New PolicyEdit

On September 30, 2019, a report written by Barbara Jones, a former judge and current independent prosecutor, was published by Archbishop Dolan.[27][28] The report stated, among other things, that the Archdiocese of New York had completed the process of removing all of its remaining accused clergy from active ministry in Archdiocese.[29][30][28] In the same report, Jones recommended that the Archdiocese should also hire a sex abuse "czar" to vet all complaints.[31][30][28] Jones, who was commissioned by Dolan in 2018 to conduct the review of the church’s handling of abuse allegations,[32] also recommended hiring “a compliance officer for the Office of Priest Personnel to monitor its functions and oversee the new document management system.”[31] Dolan also backed the Jones Report and stated at a press conference that the Archdiocese of New York was now undergoing the process of changing its sex abuse policy as well.[28]

Removal of JenikEdit

On October 10, 2019. it was announced that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Bronx-based Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik following accusation of sex abuse.[33] Appointed Auxiliary Bishop by Cardinal Dolan in 2014, Jenik also served as vicar for the Northwest Bronx since 2006 after being appointed by Dolan's predecessor Edward Egan.[34] Jenik, who submitted his resignation letter after turning 75 in March 2019,[33] had stepped out of public ministry in October 2018 after a sex abuse allegation surfaced against him.[35]

Province of New YorkEdit

See alsoEdit

  • John P. Chidwick – Ordained a priest of New York; chaplain on USS Maine
  • Francis Patrick Duffy – Ordained a priest of New York in 1896; chaplain during World War I, for the 69th Infantry Regiment (a military unit from New York City and part of the New York Army National Guard), known as "The Fighting 69th," which had been federalized and redesignated the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment.
  • Sisters of Life – Founded in 1991 by John Joseph O'Connor, Cardinal Archbishop of New York.


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