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Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne (Latin: Dioecesis Cheyennensis) is a Roman Catholic Latin rite suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of Denver.

Diocese of Cheyenne

Dioecesis Cheyennensis
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Country United States
TerritoryThe State of Wyoming
Ecclesiastical provinceDenver
MetropolitanSamuel Joseph Aquila
- Catholics

49,459 (8.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedAugust 2, 1887
CathedralSt. Mary's Cathedral
Patron saintOur Lady of the Assumption
St. Joseph
St. Therese of Lisieux
Current leadership
BishopSteven Biegler
Bishops emeritusJoseph Hubert Hart
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The cathedral and mother church is St. Mary's Cathedral, located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.



On August 2, 1887, Pope Leo XIII erected the diocese from territory that had been a part of the Diocese of Omaha.[1]

Statistics and extentEdit

As of 2014, it pastorally served 54,995 Catholics (9.5% of 576,412 total) on 252,552 km² in 37 parishes, 64 priests (61 diocesan, 3 religious), 37 deacons, 17 lay religious (3 brothers, 14 sisters), 10 seminarians.[1]

The diocese covers the state of Wyoming, as well as the parts of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Idaho.


  1. Maurice Francis Burke (1887-1893), appointed Bishop of Saint Joseph
  2. Thomas Mathias Lenihan (1896-1901)
  3. James Keane (1902-1911), appointed Archbishop of Dubuque
  4. Patrick McGovern (1912-1951)
  5. Hubert Newell (1951-1978)
  6. Joseph Hubert Hart (1978-2001)
  7. David L. Ricken (2001-2008), appointed Bishop of Green Bay
  8. Paul D. Etienne (2009-2016), appointed Archbishop of Anchorage
  9. Steven Biegler (2017-present)

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