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Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth (Latin: Dioecesis Duluthensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Minnesota. The episcopal see is in Duluth, Minnesota. The diocese includes Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis Counties.[1]

Diocese of Duluth

Dioecesis Duluthensis
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth.svg
Coat of arms
Country United States
Territory10 counties in northeastern Minnesota
Ecclesiastical provinceSaint Paul and Minneapolis
Area22,354 sq mi (57,900 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
72,600 (16.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedOctober 3, 1889 (130 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
Patron saintOur Lady of the Holy Rosary
Current leadership
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Diocesan Pastoral Center


The diocese was established on October 3, 1889 by Pope Leo XIII. Its territory was taken from the Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Minnesota.[2][3]

Sex Abuse and BankruptcyEdit

The Diocese of Duluth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 7, 2015 after facing a nearly $5 million verdict, six lawsuits and a dozen additional claims stemming from child sexual abuse cases.[4] In May 2019, the Diocese of Duluth agreed to pay $40 million to 125 plaintiffs suing the Diocese for allowing 37 priests to sexually abuse them.[5]

Bishops of DuluthEdit

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

  1. James McGolrick (1889–1918)
  2. John Timothy McNicholas, O.P. (1918–1925), appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati
  3. Thomas Anthony Welch (1925–1959)
  4. Francis Joseph Schenk (1960–1969)
  5. Paul Francis Anderson (1969–1982), appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux Falls
  6. Robert Henry Brom (1983–1989), appointed Coadjutor Bishop and later Bishop of San Diego
  7. Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (1989–2000), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Anchorage
  8. Dennis Marion Schnurr (2001-2008), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Cincinnati
  9. Paul Sirba (2009–2019)

Coadjutor bishopEdit

Auxiliary bishopEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Diocese of Duluth at Catholic-Hierarchy
  2. ^ "Diocese of Duluth". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Duluth". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
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