Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth

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Diocese of Duluth

Dioecesis Duluthensis
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
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Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
Territory10 counties in northeastern Minnesota
Ecclesiastical provinceSaint Paul and Minneapolis
Area22,354 sq mi (57,900 km2)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
53,046 (11.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedOctober 3, 1889 (132 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
Patron saintOur Lady of the Holy Rosary
Secular priests71 (diocesan)
3 (Religious Orders)
57 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
BishopDaniel John Felton
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Diocesan Pastoral Center

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]

In 2020, Michel Mulloy, a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City, was appointed Bishop of Duluth but resigned the appointment before it took effect.[4]

Sex abuse and bankruptcy

The Diocese of Duluth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 7, 2015 after facing a nearly $5 million verdict, six lawsuits and a dozen additional claims stemming from child sexual abuse cases.[5] In May 2019, the Diocese of Duluth agreed to pay $40 million to 125 plaintiffs suing the Diocese for allowing 37 priests to sexually abuse them.[6]


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

  1. James McGolrick (1889–1918)
  2. John Timothy McNicholas, O.P. (1918–1925), appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati
  3. Thomas Anthony Welch (1925–1959)
  4. Francis Joseph Schenk (1960–1969)
  5. Paul Francis Anderson (1969–1982), appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sioux Falls
  6. Robert Henry Brom (1983–1989), appointed Coadjutor Bishop and later Bishop of San Diego
  7. Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (1989–2000), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Anchorage
  8. Dennis Marion Schnurr (2001–2008), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Cincinnati
  9. Paul Sirba (2009–2019)
  10. Daniel John Felton (2021–present) [7]

Coadjutor bishop

Auxiliary bishop

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop

See also


  1. ^ "Duluth (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy]".
  2. ^ "Diocese of Duluth". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Duluth". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  4. ^ Olsen, Tom (September 7, 2020). "Duluth bishop-elect resigns amid sexual abuse accusation". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Diocese of Duluth files for bankruptcy". Duluth News Tribune.
  6. ^ "Settlement reached in Duluth diocese church abuse cases". MPR News.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine".

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