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The Diocese of Baker (Latin: Dioecesis Bakeriensis) is a territorial division, or diocese, of the Roman Catholic Church in Eastern Oregon, United States. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Diocese of Baker

Dioecesis Bakeriensis
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St. Francis de Sales Cathedral
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker.svg
Coat of arms
Country United States
Territory18 counties in Eastern Oregon
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Portland
Area173,013 km2 (66,801 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
34,142[1] (6.7%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 19, 1903
CathedralSt. Francis de Sales Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Francis de Sales
Current leadership
BishopLiam Stephen Cary
Metropolitan ArchbishopAlexander King Sample
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While the cathedral, Saint Francis de Sales Cathedral, is in the small city of Baker City, the pastoral offices are located in Bend, the largest city in Oregon outside the Willamette Valley.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker "includes almost 67,000 square miles in Oregon and has a population of 526,760 people, of whom 34,375, or seven percent, are Catholic".[2]


The "Diocese of Baker City" was established on June 19, 1903, and renamed "Diocese of Baker" on February 16, 1952.


The diocese consists of the counties of Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler in Eastern Oregon.


Bishops of Baker CityEdit

  1. Charles Joseph O'Reilly (1903-1918)
  2. Joseph Francis McGrath (1918-1950)
  3. Francis Peter Leipzig (1950-1952)

Bishops of BakerEdit

  1. Francis Peter Leipzig (1952-1971)
  2. Thomas Joseph Connolly (1971-1999)
  3. Robert F. Vasa (2000-2011), appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa in California
  4. Liam Cary (2012-present)

Coadjutor BishopEdit

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit

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