Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth

This article is about the current Catholic diocese. For the former Episcopal Diocese known as the Diocese of Duluth, see Episcopal Diocese of Duluth.
Diocese of Duluth
Dioecesis Duluthensis
Country United States
Territory 10 counties in northeastern Minnesota
Ecclesiastical province Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Area 22,354 sq mi (57,900 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
72,600 (16.6%)
Parishes 93
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established October 3, 1889 (127 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
Patron saint Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Paul D. Sirba

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]


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]

Bishops of the Diocese of Duluth

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

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

See also


  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.

Coordinates: 46°47′13″N 92°05′53″W / 46.78694°N 92.09806°W / 46.78694; -92.09806

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