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Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (Latin: Archidioecesis Bostoniensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the New Englandmarker region of the United Statesmarker. It comprises several counties of the state of Massachusettsmarker. It is led by a prelate archbishop who serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of the Holy Crossmarker in the South End of Boston.

As of 2009, there are 292 parishes in the archdiocese. In 2007, the archdiocese estimated that 1.8 million Catholics were in the territory, of whom about 315,000 regularly attended Mass.


The original Diocese of Boston was canonically erected on April 8, 1808 by Pope Pius VII. It took its territories from the larger historic Diocese of Baltimore and consisted of the states of Connecticutmarker, Mainemarker, Massachusettsmarker, New Hampshiremarker, Rhode Islandmarker and Vermontmarker.

In the nineteenth century, as Catholicism grew exponentially in New England, the Diocese of Boston was carved into smaller new dioceses: on November 28, 1843, Pope Gregory XVI erected the Diocese of Hartford; Pope Pius IX erected the Diocese of Burlington and the Diocese of Portland on July 29, 1853, the Diocese of Springfield on June 14, 1870, and the Diocese of Providence on February 16, 1872. On February 12, 1875, Pope Pius IX elevated the diocese to the rank of an archdiocese.

The diocesan newspaper The Pilot has been published in Boston since 1829.

List of Pastoral Regions

The Archdiocese of Boston is divided into 5 pastoral regions, each headed by an episcopal vicar.

List of bishops and archbishops

The following is a list of the Ordinaries of Boston:
  1. Bishop Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus (1808–1823) appointed Bishop of Montauban, France
  2. Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick S.J. (1825–1846) died
  3. Bishop John Bernard Fitzpatrick (1846–1866) died
  4. Archbishop John Joseph Williams (1866–1907) died
  5. Cardinal Archbishop William Henry O'Connell (1907–1944) died
  6. Cardinal Archbishop Richard Cushing (1944–1970) retired
  7. Cardinal Archbishop Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970–1983) died
  8. Cardinal Archbishop Bernard Francis Law (1984–2002) resigned, appointed Archpriest of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggioremarker in 2004
  9. Cardinal Archbishop Seán Patrick O'Malley O.F.M.Cap. (2003–present)

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