Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester is a diocese of the Catholic Church in the Greater Rochester region of New York State in the United States. The region that the Diocese comprises extends from its northern border on the south shore of Lake Ontario through the Finger Lakes region to its southern border at the New York-Pennsylvania border.
Diocese of Rochester
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Coat of arms
|Territory||Counties of Monroe, Cayuga, Livingston, Wayne, Tioga, Tompkins, Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Yates, Steuben and Chemung, New York|
|Ecclesiastical province||Archdiocese of New York|
|Metropolitan||Timothy M. Dolan|
|Area||8,772 sq mi (22,720 km2)|
|(as of 2014)|
|Established||March 3, 1868|
|Cathedral||Sacred Heart Cathedral|
|Patron saint||St. John Fisher|
|Bishop||Salvatore Ronald Matano|
|Vicar General||Very Rev. Paul J. Tomasso|
|Bishops emeritus||Matthew H. Clark|
The Diocese of Rochester comprises 12 counties in New York, with approximately 350,000 Catholics and over 125 faith communities (parishes and chapels), 22 diocesan elementary schools and 7 independent parochial high schools. The bishop of the diocese is currently Salvatore Ronald Matano. The metropolitan for the diocese is the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, currently Cardinal Timothy Dolan. The cathedral parish for the diocese is Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester began on March 3, 1868, when Pope Pius IX entrusted eight counties (Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, and Tompkins) within the Diocese of Buffalo to Bernard J. McQuaid, the first bishop of Rochester. The new diocese had about 54,500 Catholics in 35 parish churches and 29 mission churches.
In 1896, the counties of Schuyler, Tioga, Chemung, and Steuben were added to the Diocese of Rochester from the Diocese of Buffalo, forming the current boundaries.
The diocese grew as Catholic immigrants came to western New York, peaking in the 1960s. Since then, the Catholic population has stabilized while the numbers of ordained presbyters (priests) and women religious (sisters) has fallen.
- In 1909, there were 121,000 Catholics in 93 parishes, 36 missions and 53 parish schools with 18,000 pupils. There were 164 priests and more than 500 sisters.
- In 1938, there were 223,657 Catholics in 129 parishes, 36 missions and 72 parish schools serving 23,796 pupils. There were 289 active diocesan priests.
- In 1966, there were 361,790 Catholics in 155 parishes, 36 mission churches and 99 elementary parish schools serving 45,540 pupils. There were 371 active diocesan priests and 1,549 sisters.
- In 1978, there were 358,850 Catholics in 161 parishes, 29 mission churches and 75 schools serving 19,526 pupils. There were 311 active diocesan priests and 1,095 women religious.
- In 1992, there were 361,384 Catholics in 162 parishes and 58 elementary schools serving 11,992 pupils. There were 208 active diocesan priests and 842 sisters.
On September 22nd 2017 the Diocese of Rochester inaugurated its sesquicentennial anniversary marked by a solemn mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. This event marks a year long celebration celebrating one hundred and fifty years and the year of the Eucharist which was proclaimed by Bishop Salvatore Matano on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Reports of sex abuse and bankruptcyEdit
In June 2018, it was revealed that the Diocese had secretly paid $1.6 million in compensation to 20 sex abuse victims. On June 10, 2019, a man claiming that he had been molested between 1969 and 1971 by local priest Rev. Francis Vogt filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Rochester and several other local Catholic organizations affiliated the Diocese, claiming that they shielded Vogt from potential prosecution. On September 12, 2019, the Diocese filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the wake of lawsuits against priests and other ministers who served in the Diocese.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester is the first Catholic diocese in the state of New York to file for bankruptcy and also the 20th Catholic diocese in the U.S. states to do so as well.
The following are lists of bishops and their years of service:
Bishops of RochesterEdit
- Bernard J. McQuaid (1868-1909)
- Thomas F. Hickey (1909-1928), appointed Archbishop (ad personam) upon retirement
- John Francis O'Hern (1929-1933)
- Edward A. Mooney (1933-1937), Archbishop (ad personam), appointed Archbishop of Detroit (elevated to Cardinal in 1946)
- James E. Kearney (1937-1966)
- Venerable Fulton J. Sheen (1966-1969), appointed Archbishop (ad personam) upon retirement
- Joseph Lloyd Hogan (1969-1978)
- Matthew H. Clark (1979-2012)
- Salvatore Ronald Matano (2014-present)
- Thomas F. Hickey (1905-1909)
- Lawrence B. Casey (1953-1966), appointed Bishop of Paterson
- John Edgar McCafferty (1968-1980)
- Dennis Walter Hickey (1968-1990)
Other priests of this diocese who became bishopsEdit
|Sr. Roberta Tierney, SSND||1976 – 1978|
|Timothy Leahy||1978 - 1979|
|Rev. Richard C. Kinsky, CSB||1979 - 1981|
|Sr. Edwardine Weaver, RSM||1981 - 1986|
|Br. Brian Walsh, CFC||July 1986 – 1 July 1991|
|Sr. Mary Ann Binsack, RSM||1991 – 1992|
|Timothy W. Dwyer||1992 – 2001|
|Sr. Elizabeth Meegan, OP||2001 – 2006|
|Sr. Elaine Poitras, CSC||2006 – January 2008|
|Sr. Janice Morgan, CSJ||January 2008 – August 2008|
|Anne Willkens Leach||August 2008 – July 2013|
|Anthony S. Cook III||1 July 2013 – present|
|All Saints Academy||St. Mary||Corning, Steuben County||Pre-K through Grade 8|
|Holy Cross School||Holy Cross||Rochester, Monroe County||2011||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|Holy Family Primary School||St. Mary||Elmira, Chemung County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Agnes School||St. Agnes||Avon, Livingston County||1878||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Francis de Sales - St. Stephen School||Our Lady of Peace||Geneva, Ontario County||Pre-K through Grade 8|
|St. John Neumann School||St. John the Evangelist||Irondequoit, Monroe County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Joseph Elementary School||St. Joseph||Auburn, Cayuga County||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Joseph School||St. Joseph||Penfield, Monroe County||1960||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Kateri School||Christ the King||Irondequoit, Monroe County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Lawrence School||St. Lawrence||Greece, Monroe County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Louis School||St. Louis||Pittsford, Monroe County||Pre-School through Grade 6|
|St. Mary School||St. Mary||Canandaigua, Ontario County||1849||K through Grade 8|
|St. Mary Our Mother School||St. Mary Our Mother||Horseheads, Chemung County||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|St. Michael School||St. Michael||Penn Yan, Yates County||1882||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Pius X School||St. Pius X||Chili, Monroe County||1954||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|St. Rita School||St. Rita||Webster, Monroe County||1957||Pre-K through Grade 5|
|Seton Catholic School||Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Anne||Brighton, Monroe County||1948||Pre-K through Grade 6|
|Siena Catholic Academy||St. Thomas More||Brighton, Monroe County||1993||Grades 6, 7, and 8|
Former primary schoolsEdit
Over the years, as Catholic populations moved to the suburbs, the Diocese has closed parishes and their schools. These include the former Holy Apostles, Holy Redeemer, Holy Rosary, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Victory, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Augustine, St. Casimir, St. Francis Xavier, St. Helen, St. John the Evangelist, St. Joseph, St. Lucy, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Patrick, Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Stanislaus, and St. Theresa.
In 2008, facing growing deficits and declining enrollments, the Diocese closed the following schools:
- Holy Family School, Dansville, Livingston County
- All Saints Catholic Academy, Gates
- Catherine McAuley, Greece
- Corpus Christi, Rochester
- Good Shepherd, Henrietta
- Holy Cross, Rochester (reopened in 2011)
- Holy Family, Rochester
- Holy Trinity, Webster
- St. Andrews, Rochester
- St. Boniface, Rochester
- St. John of Rochester, Fairport
- St. John the Evangelist, Spencerport
- St. Margaret Mary, Irondequoit
- St. Monica, Rochester
There remain five traditionally Catholic high schools (or combined junior/senior high schools) in the diocese. These schools were founded by various Roman Catholic religious orders and operate independently of the diocese itself.
|School||Founding Religious Order||Location||Established||Grades|
|Aquinas Institute||Basilian||Rochester, Monroe County||1902||Grades 6 through 12|
|Bishop Kearney High School||Christian Brothers, Sisters of Notre Dame||Irondequoit, Monroe County||1962||Grades 7 through 12|
|McQuaid Jesuit High School||Jesuits||Brighton, Monroe County||1954||Grades 6 through 12|
|Notre Dame High School||Sisters of Mercy||Elmira, Chemung County||1955||Grades 7 through 12|
|Our Lady of Mercy High School||Sisters of Mercy||Brighton, Monroe County||1928||Grades 6 through 12|
Former high schoolsEdit
- Academy of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, Monroe County, 1855–1969
- Cardinal Mooney High School, Greece, Monroe County, 1962–1989
- DeSales High School, Geneva, Ontario County, 1912–2012
- Nazareth Academy, Rochester, Monroe County, 1871–2010
- St. Agnes High School, Rochester, Monroe County, 1954–1982
- King's Preparatory, Rochester, Monroe County, 1967-1970
- St. Anthony of Padua College Prep School, Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, 1949-1970
- St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary, 1870–1967
- Saint Bernard's Seminary, 1893–1981
Former liberal arts collegesEdit
Former charitable institutionsEdit
- St. Ann's Home (now St. Ann's Community)
- St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum (later St. Joseph's Villa, now Villa of Hope)
- St. Mary's Boys' Home
- St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Monroe County
- St. Patrick's Girls' Home
This is a list of the counties in New York State that fall into the Diocese of Rochester:
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