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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland ( ) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Ohiomarker. It was erected on April 23, 1847 by Pope Pius IX. The Diocese lost territory in 1910 when the Diocese of Toledo was erected by Pope Pius X, and in 1943 when the Diocese of Youngstown was erected by Pope Pius XII. It is currently the seventeenth largest diocese in the United Statesmarker, encompassing the counties of Ashlandmarker, Cuyahogamarker, Geaugamarker, Lakemarker, Lorainmarker, Medinamarker, Summitmarker, and Waynemarker.

There about 800,000 Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Cleveland, which contains 225 parishes, 22 Catholic high schools, 3 Catholic hospitals, 3 universities, 2 shrines (St. Paul Shrine Church and St. Stanislaus Churchmarker), and 2 seminaries (Center for Pastoral Leadership). The diocese's cathedral is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, located in downtown Clevelandmarker. As of December 2008, there were 257 priests and 500 nuns in the diocese. On Saturday, March 14, 2009, it was announced that 50 parishes in the diocese would be closed or merged (29 parishes closing, 39 parishes merging and forming 18 new parishes) due to the shortage of priests, declining numbers of parishioners in some parishes, and financial difficulties in some parishes. A number of parish schools in the diocese will also be closed or merged due to declining enrollment, and financial difficulties. By July 1, 2010, there will only be 175 parishes in the diocese. Letters to all of the parishes from Bishop Richard Lennon giving his decision on what parishes and schools were closing or merging, and which parishes would remain open, were read to the parishioners by the church pastors at the Saturday Vigil Mass, and at all Sunday Masses. Hardest hit by the closings are downtown Clevelandmarker, downtown Akron, downtown Lorain, and downtown Elyriamarker.


The Diocese of Cleveland has had ten Ordinaries:
  1. Bishop Louis Amadeus Rappe (1847–1870) retired died
  2. Bishop Richard Gilmour (1872–1891) died
  3. Bishop Ignatius Frederick Horstmann (1891–1908) died
  4. Bishop John Patrick Farrelly (1909–1921) died
  5. Archbishop Joseph Schrembs (1921–1945) died, was created Archbishop ad personam by Pope Pius XII in 1939
  6. Archbishop Edward Francis Hoban (1945–1966) died, was created Archbishop ad personam by Pope Pius XII in 1951
  7. Bishop Clarence George Issenmann (1966–1974) retired; died 1982
  8. Bishop James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980) appointed Archbishop of Washington; elevated to Cardinal in 1988; retired 2000; died 2004
  9. Bishop Anthony Michael Pilla (1980–2006) retired now Bishop Emeritus
  10. Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon (since 2006)

Auxiliary Bishops

The Diocese of Cleveland has had numerous Auxiliary Bishops:
  1. Joseph Maria Koudelka (1907–1911) appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee
  2. James Augustine McFadden (1932–1943) appointed Bishop of Youngstown
  3. Edward Francis Hoban (Coadjutor Bishop 1942–1945) succeeded
  4. William Michael Cosgrove (1943–1968) appointed Bishop of Belleville
  5. John Raphael Hagan (April – September 1946) died
  6. Floyd Lawrence Begin (1947–1962) appointed Bishop of Oakland
  7. John Joseph Krol (1953–1961) appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia, elevated to Cardinal in 1967
  8. Clarence George Issenmann (1954–1957) appointed Bishop of Columbus
  9. Clarence Edward Elwell (1962–1968) appointed Bishop of Columbus
  10. John Francis Whealon (1961–1966) appointed Bishop of Erie
  11. Clarence George Issenmann (Coadjutor Bishop 1964-1966) succeeded
  12. Gilbert Ignatius Sheldon (1976–1992) appointed Bishop of Steubenville
  13. Michael Joseph Murphy (1976–1978) appointed Bishop of Erie
  14. James Anthony Griffin (1979–1983) appointed Bishop of Columbus
  15. James Patterson Lyke O.F.M. (1979–1990) appointed Archbishop of Atlanta
  16. Anthony Michael Pilla (1979–1980) appointed Bishop of Cleveland
  17. Anthony Edward Pevec (1982–2001) retired
  18. Alexander James Quinn (1983–2008) retired
  19. Martin John Amos (2001–2006) appointed Bishop of Davenport
  20. Roger William Gries O.S.B. (since 2001)

In recent years, each Auxiliary Bishop has been assigned to a region in the Diocese, Bishop Quinn in the Western Region, Bishop Gries in the Center City and Eastern Regions, and Bishop Amos was in the Akronmarker Region until his appointment to Davenport. Bishop Edward Pevec governed the Eastern Region until his retirement in 2001.

Affiliated Bishops

Additionally, the following men began the service as priests in the Diocese of Cleveland (the years in parenthesis refer to their years in Cleveland):

High Schools

A listing of all Catholic high schools in the Diocese. Note that not all are actually operated by the Diocese.

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