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Country  United States
Area  2,465 sq mi (6,380 km)
Phone  +1 617-254-0100
Ecclesiastical province  Boston
Parishes  288
Auxiliary bishops  John Anthony Dooher
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Territory  Counties of Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth (the towns of Mattapoisett, Marion, and Wareham excepted)
Population - Total - Catholics  (as of 2013) 4,240,000 1,906,372 (45%)
Address  66 Brooks Dr, Braintree, MA 02184, USA
Cathedral  Cathedral of the Holy Cross
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Similar  Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Saint Anthony Shrine, Paulist Center, Saint Clements Eucharisti, Mission Church

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (Latin: Archidioecesis Bostoniensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the New England region of the United States. It comprises several counties of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is led by a prelate archbishop who serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of the Holy Cross 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 Connecticut, (future) Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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.

In the 1920s, Cardinal William O'Connell moved the chancery from offices near Holy Cross Cathedral in the South End to 127 Lake Street in Brighton. "Lake Street" became shorthand for the Bishop and the office of the Archdiocese.

At the beginning of the 21st century the archdiocese was shaken by accusations of sexual abuse by clergy that culminated in the resignation of its archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, on December 13, 2002. In September 2003, the Archdiocese settled over 500 abuse-related claims for $85 million.

In June 2004, the archbishop's residence and the chancery in Brighton and surrounding lands were sold to Boston College, in part to defray costs associated with abuse cases. The offices of the Archdiocese were moved to Braintree, Massachusetts. The diocesan seminary, Saint John's Seminary, remains on the property in Brighton.

Communications media

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

The Archdiocese's Catholic Television Center, founded in 1955, produces programs and operates the cable television network CatholicTV. From 1964 to 1966, it owned and operated a broadcast television station under the call letters WIHS-TV.

Ecclesiastical province

The Archdiocese of Boston is also metropolitan see for the Ecclesiastical province of Boston. This means that the archbishop of Boston is the metropolitan for the province. The suffragan dioceses in the province are the Diocese of Burlington, Diocese of Fall River, Diocese of Manchester, Diocese of Portland, Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts, and the Diocese of Worcester.

Pastoral regions

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


The following are lists of the Bishops and Archbishops of Boston, Auxiliaries of Boston, and their years of service. Also included are other priests of this diocese who served elsewhere as bishop.

† = deceased

Bishops of Boston

  1. † Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus (1808–1823) appointed Bishop of Montauban (France); created Cardinal in 1836; died in 1836.
  2. † Benedict Joseph Fenwick, S.J. (1825–1846) died
  3. † John Bernard Fitzpatrick (1846–1866) died

Archbishops of Boston

  1. † John Joseph Williams (1866–1907), elevated to Archbishop when Boston became archdiocese in 1875; died
  2. † Cardinal William Henry O'Connell (1907–1944) died
  3. † Cardinal Richard James Cushing (1944–1970) retired on September 8, 1970; died on November 2, 1970.
  4. † Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970–1983) died
  5. Cardinal Bernard Francis Law (1984–2002) resigned; appointed Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in 2004; retired on November 21, 2011.
  6. Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M.Cap. (2003–present)

Auxiliary Bishops

  • Emilio S. Allué, S.D.B. (1996-2010) retired
  • † Joseph Gaudentius Anderson (1909-1927) died
  • Robert J. Banks (1985-1990) appointed Bishop of Green Bay
  • † John P. Boles (1992-2006) retired
  • † John Brady (1891-1910) died
  • Daniel A. Cronin (1968-1970) appointed Bishop of Fall River
  • † Richard J. Cushing (1939-1944) promoted to Archbishop here
  • Thomas Vose Daily (1974-1984) appointed Bishop of Palm Beach
  • † John Michael D'Arcy (1975–1985) appointed Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana
  • Robert P. Deeley (2012-2013) appointed Bishop of Portland
  • John Anthony Dooher (2006–present)
  • Walter James Edyvean (2001-2014) retired
  • Roberto Octavio González Nieves, O.F.M. (1988-1995) appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Corpus Christi
  • † Daniel Anthony Hart (1976-1995) appointed Bishop of Norwich
  • Francis Xavier Irwin (1996-2009) retired
  • Robert Francis Hennessey (2006–present)
  • Alfred C. Hughes (1981-1993) appointed Bishop of Baton Rouge
  • † Louis Francis Kelleher (1945-1946) died
  • Arthur L. Kennedy (2010-present)
  • Richard Lennon (2001-2006) appointed Bishop of Cleveland
  • † Eric Francis MacKenzie (1950-1969) died
  • † Joseph Francis Maguire (1971-1976) appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts
  • † Thomas Francis Markham (1950-1952) died
  • Richard Joseph Malone (2000-2004) appointed Bishop of Portland
  • John Brendan McCormack (1995-1998) appointed Bishop of Manchester
  • † John R. McNamara (1992-1999) resigned
  • † Jeremiah Francis Minihan (1954-1973) died
  • † John Joseph Mulcahy (1974-1992) retired
  • William F. Murphy (1995-2001) appointed Bishop of Rockville Centre
  • Mark William O'Connell (appointed 3 June 2016)
  • † John Bertram Peterson (1927-1932) appointed Bishop of Manchester
  • Robert P. Reed (appointed 3 June 2016)
  • † Lawrence Joseph Riley (1971-1990) retired
  • † Thomas Joseph Riley (1959-1976) retired
  • † Joseph John Ruocco (1974-1980) died
  • † Francis Spellman (1932-1939) appointed Archbishop of New York; Cardinal in 1946
  • Peter John Uglietto (2010–present)
  • † John Wright (1947-1950) appointed Bishop of Worcester; future Cardinal
  • Other bishops who once were priests in the diocese

  • † Edward Patrick Allen, appointed Bishop of Mobile in 1897
  • Christopher J. Coyne, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis in 2011
  • † John Joseph Glynn, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of U.S. Military in 1991
  • † Matthew Harkins, appointed Bishop of Providence in 1887
  • † James Augustine Healy, appointed Bishop of Portland in 1875
  • † Lawrence Stephen McMahon, appointed Bishop of Hartford in 1879
  • † John Joseph Nilan, appointed Bishop of Hartford in 1910
  • Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, appointed nuncio to Turkey and titular Archbishop, in 2016
  • † Edward Francis Ryan, appointed Bishop of Burlington in 1944
  • † William Barber Tyler, appointed Bishop of Hartford in 1843
  • † James Anthony Walsh, became superior general of Maryknoll; titular Bishop in 1933
  • † Louis Sebastian Walsh, appointed Bishop of Portland in 1906
  • Seminaries

  • Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
  • St. John's Seminary
  • Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary
  • Education

    As of 2016, the diocese has 116 schools with about 38,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

    In 1993 the archdiocese had 53,569 students in 195 archdiocesean parochial schools. Boston had the largest number of parochial schools: 48 schools with a combined total of about 16,000 students.


  • Br. Bartholomew Varden, C.F.X. (c. 1973–1975)
  • Eugene F. Sullivan (1978–1984)
  • Sr. Kathleen Carr, CSJ (1990–2006)
  • Mary Grassa O'Neill (2008–2014)
  • Mary E. Moran (2013–2014)
  • Kathleen Power Mears (2014–present)
  • Former high schools

  • Cardinal Cushing High School, South Boston
  • Christopher Columbus High School. Boston
  • Don Bosco Technical High School, Boston (closed 1998)
  • Holy Trinity High School, Roxbury (closed 1966)
  • Hudson Catholic High School, Hudson (closed 2009)
  • Keith Academy, Lowell
  • Keith Hall, Lowell
  • Monsignor Ryan High School, South Boston
  • North Cambrdige Catholic High School
  • St. Clare's High School, Roslindale
  • Savio Preparatory High School, East Boston (closed 2007)
  • Trinity Catholic High School, Newton (closed 2012)
  • Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Wakefield (closed 2009)
  • References

    Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Wikipedia