Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson (Latin: Dioecesis Tucsonensis, Spanish: Diócesis de Tucson) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southwestern region of the United States. It is a suffragan see of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The diocese was recently led by its seventh bishop, Most Reverend Gerald Frederick Kicanas, who retired on October 3, 2017.[1]

Diocese of Tucson

Dioecesis Tucsonensis

Diócesis de Tucson
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St. Augustine Cathedral
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Coat of arms
Country United States
TerritoryGila, Graham, Greenlee, Pinal (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Gila River Indian Reservation), Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, Yuma, and La Paz in Arizona
Ecclesiastical provinceSanta Fe
Area42,707 sq mi (110,610 km2)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
382,123 (22.6%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMay 8, 1897 (125 years ago)
CathedralSt. Augustine Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Augustine of Hippo
Current leadership
BishopEdward Weisenburger
Metropolitan ArchbishopJohn Charles Wester
Archbishop of Santa Fe
Bishops emeritusGerald Frederick Kicanas
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The See city for the diocese is Tucson, Arizona, and its cathedral parish is the St. Augustine. Another church of special interest is the Mission San Xavier del Bac, also in Tucson.


It comprises nine counties of the state of Arizona, making it the fifth largest diocese in the continental United States in terms of area. The counties are Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pinal (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Gila River Indian Community), Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, Yuma, and La Paz.


Pope Pius IX established the Apostolic Vicariate of Arizona in 1868, taking its territory from the then Diocese of Santa Fe.

The Diocese of Tucson was canonically erected by Pope Leo XIII as a diocese on May 8, 1897.[2][3]

It lost territory thrice: on 3 March 1914 to establish the Diocese of El Paso, on 16 December 1939 to establish the Diocese of Gallup and on 28 June 1969 to establish the Diocese of Phoenix.

Sexual abuse scandalEdit

The Diocese of Tucson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2004, becoming the second Catholic Diocese to do so in United States history.[4] The Diocese of Tucson reached an agreement with the victims of sex abuse, which the bankruptcy judge approved on June 11, 2005, specifying terms that included allowing the diocese reorganization to continue in return for a $22.2 million settlement.[5] In 2013, Stephanie Innes of the Arizona Daily Star labeled the Diocese as a "dumping ground" for abusive priests after it was revealed that several accused clergy from other Catholic Dioceses were sent to the Diocese of Tucson when accusations of sex abuse started gaining traction.[6] In 2018, Tucson Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger confirmed that 10 Catholic clergy who were accused of committing acts of sex abuse had been removed from the Diocese of Tucson "in the last decade."[7]

On December 31, 2020, a federal RICO lawsuit was filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson which alleged that the Diocese used the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the neighboring state of California as a "dumping ground" for accused clergy who were reported to have committed acts of sex abuse while serving in the Diocese of Tucson.[8][9] In March 2021, it was revealed another plaintiff was added to the lawsuit, which had been filed against both Dioceses.[10]


Apostolic Vicars of ArizonaEdit

  1. Jean-Baptiste Salpointe (1868–1884), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Santa Fe
  2. Peter Bourgade (1885–1897)

Bishops of TucsonEdit

  1. Peter Bourgade (1897–1899), appointed Archbishop of Santa Fe
  2. Henry Regis Granjon (1900–1922)
  3. Daniel James Gercke (1923–1960)
  4. Francis Joseph Green (1960–1981)
  5. Manuel Duran Moreno (1982–2003)
  6. Gerald Frederick Kicanas (2003–2017)
  7. Edward Weisenburger (2017–present)

Coadjutor BishopsEdit

  • Francis Joseph Green (1960)
  • Gerald Frederick Kicanas (2001–2003)

Other priest of this diocese who became BishopEdit

High schoolsEdit

Other dioceses in ArizonaEdit

Parishes and missions by countyEdit

Cochise CountyEdit

  1. Our Lady of Lourdes, Benson
  2. St Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista
  3. Our Lady of the Mountains, Sierra Vista
  4. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Tombstone
  5. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Willcox
  6. St Jude Thaddeus Parish,
  7. St Patrick Parish, Bisbee
  8. St Michael, Naco
  9. St Bernard, Pirtleville
  10. Immaculate Conception, Douglas
  11. St Luke, Douglas

Gila CountyEdit

  1. St Philip the Apostle Parish, Payson
  2. St Benedict, Young
  3. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Miami
  4. Holy Angels, Globe
  5. San Carlos Apache Community, San Carlos
  6. St Joseph, Hayden

Graham CountyEdit

  1. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Solomonville
  2. St Rose of Lima, Safford
  3. St Martin de Porres, Pima

Greenlee CountyEdit

  1. Holy Cross, Morenci
  2. Sacred Heart, Clifton
  3. St Mary, Duncan

La Paz CountyEdit

  1. Sacred Heart Parish, Parker
  2. Queen of Peace Mission, Quartzsite
  3. St John the Baptist Mission, Wenden
  4. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, Poston

Pima CountyEdit

  1. Corpus Christi Parish, Tanque Verde
  2. Holy Family Parish, Tucson
  3. Most Holy Trinity Parish, Tucson
  4. Our Lady of Fátima Parish, Drexel Heights
  5. Our Lady of LaVang Vietnamese Catholic Church, Tucson
  6. Our Lady Queen of all Saints Parish, Tucson
  7. Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Tucson
  8. Queen of Angels Parish, Tucson
  9. Sacred Heart, Tucson
  10. St Ambrose Parish, Tucson
  11. St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson
  12. St Cyril of Alexandria Parish, Tucson
  13. St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Casas Adobes
  14. St Frances Cabrini Parish, Tucson
  15. St Francis de Sales Parish, Tucson
  16. St John the Evangelist Parish, Tucson
  17. St Joseph Parish, Tucson
  18. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, South Tucson
  19. St Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Tucson
  20. St Mark Parish, Oro Valley
  21. St Melany's Byzantine Church, Tucson
  22. St Monica Parish, Tucson
  23. St Odilia Parish, Oro Valley
  24. St Pius X Parish, Tucson
  25. Ss Peter and Paul Parish, Tucson
  26. St Thomas More Newman Center, Tucson
  27. St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Catalina Foothills
  28. San Xavier del Bac Mission and Parish, San Xavier Indian Reservation
  29. Santa Catalina Parish, Catalina
  30. Santa Cruz Parish, Tucson
  31. San Martín Mission
  32. Santa Rosa Mission
  33. Cristo Rey Mission
  34. San Ignacio de Loyola Mission
  35. El Señor de los Milagros Mission
  36. San Juan Bautista Mission


  1. St. Christopher Parish, Marana
  2. Immaculate Conception Parish, Ajo
  3. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sells
  4. San Solano Missions/Parish, Topowa
  5. St Augustine Mision, Chuichu
  6. San José Mission, Pisenemo
  7. Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Green Valley
  8. San Martín de Porres Parish, Sahuarita
  9. St. Rita in the Desert Parish, Vail

Pinal CountyEdit

  1. St George Parish, Apache Junction
  2. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Florence
  3. St James Parish, Coolidge
  4. Our Lady of Grace Parish, Maricopa
  5. St Michael the Archangel, Florence
  6. St Anthony of Padua Parish, Casa Grande
  7. St Francis of Assisi Parish, Superior
  8. St Helen of the Cross, Eloy
  9. St Helen, Oracle
  10. St Bartholomew, San Manuel
  11. Blessed Sacrament, Mammoth
  12. Infant Jesus of Prague, Kearny
  13. St Mary Mission, Stanfield

Santa Cruz CountyEdit

  1. St. Ann's Parish, Tubac
  2. Most Holy Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish, Rio Rico
  3. San Felipe de Jesús Parish, Nogales
  4. Sacred Heart Parish, Nogales
  5. St Therese of Lisieux Parish, Patagonia

Yuma CountyEdit

  1. St Jude Thaddeus, San Luis
  2. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Somerton
  3. Immaculate Conception Parish, Yuma
  4. St Francis of Assisi Parish, Yuma
  5. St John Neumann Parish, Yuma
  6. St Joseph Mission, Wellton

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Update: Beaumont bishop retires; pope names Florida priest successor - Catholic News Service". Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Tucson". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Tucson". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  4. ^ The Associated Press (September 21, 2004). "Diocese of Tucson Becomes 2nd to File for Bankruptcy" – via
  5. ^ "Tucson Diocese emerges from Chapter 11 protection". Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  6. ^ Innes, Stephanie. "Tucson a 'dumping ground' for abusive priests". Arizona Daily Star.
  7. ^ Willett, Johanna. "Tucson bishop: 10 fired by diocese for sexual misconduct allegations in past decade". Arizona Daily Star.
  8. ^ "Church officials in Tucson and Los Angeles Sued for Racketeering". Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
  9. ^ "RICO Lawsuit Filed Against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Tucson". Los Angeles Injury Law News. January 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Forester Haynie adds plaintiffs to Racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles | Arizona Daily Press". March 29, 2021.
  11. ^ "Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson Welcome". Archived from the original on 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2008-04-21.

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