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Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie Dioecesis Eriensis St. Peter's Cathedral Basic information Location Erie, Pennsylvania, United States Territory Northwestern Pennsylvania Population approx. 225,000 Rite Roman Rite Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Philadelphia Established 29 July 1853 Cathedral St. Peter Cathedral Bishop Bishop of Erie Website Current leadership Pope Benedict XVI Metropolitan Justin Francis Rigali Archbishop of Philadelphia Diocesan Bishop Donald Walter Trautman Bishop of Erie St Patrick's is the oldest Catholic parish in Erie, Pennsylvania The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie (Latin: Dioecesis Eriensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in western Pennsylvania. It was founded on July 29, 1853. It is one of seven suffragan sees in Pennsylvania that make up the Ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia, which is headed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Contents 1 Size of diocese 2 Vicariates and parishes 3 Administrative offices 4 Bishops 5 Religious orders 6 Charities 7 Schooling 7.1 Elementary and Middle Schools 7.2 High schools 8 Cemeteries 9 References 10 External links // Size of diocese Erie is geographically the largest diocese in Pennsylvania, covering 9,936 square miles (25,734.12 km2). Erie diocese covers 13 counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania. About 220,000 Catholics (74,000 families) reside in the diocese. They educate 14,000 children and youth in their religious education programs.[1] Vicariates and parishes The diocese is divided into three vicariates: The Eastern Vicariate consists of parishes in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties. It has deaneries at Bradford, Clearfield, Dubois, and St. Mary's. The Northern Vicariate consists of parishes in Erie, part of Forest, and Warren counties. It has Erie East and Erie West deaneries in Erie, Pennsylvania, plus a deanery in Warren The Western Vicariate consists of parishes in Clarion, Crawford, part of Forest, Mercer, and Venango. It has deaneries in Meadville, Oil City, and Sharon.[2] Historically significant parishes include:[3] Oldest Existing Parishes by Church Dedication Dates:[4] St. Francis Assisi, Clearfield (Oldest parish community in diocese; original church dedicated by Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick of Philadelphia in 1832) St. Philip, Crossingville (Original church dedicated by Bishop Kenrick, 1834) St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Crates (Original church dedicated by Bishop Kenrick, 1835) St. Michael, the Archangel, Fryburg (Original church dedicated by Bishop Kenrick, 1836) St. Hippolyte, Frenchtown (Original church dedicated by Bishop Kenrick, 1837) Other Historically-significant Parishes: St. Mary's, Erie (German origins, pioneer parish) St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral, Erie (Pioneer parish) St. Peter Cathedral, Erie (Significant edifice) St. Stanislaus, Erie (Polish origins) St. Mary, St. Marys (Bavarian German origins, over 150 years old) There are 120 parishes in the Erie diocese today, encompassing 151 churches.[1] Administrative offices The diocesan offices are located at St. Mark Catholic Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.[5] Bishops Below are the bishops of the diocese and their tours of service: Michael O'Connor (1853–1854) [3] Joshua Maria Young (1854–1866) [4] Tobias Mullen (1868–1899) [5] John Edmund Fitzmaurice (1899–1920) [6] John Mark Gannon (1920–1966) [7] [6] John Francis Whealon (1966–1968) [8] Alfred Michael Watson (1969–1982) [9] Michael Joseph Murphy (1982–1990) [10] Donald Walter Trautman (1990—) [11] Religious orders St. Stanislaus is a Polish Catholic parish in Erie, Pennsylvania Benedictines (22 July 1852) Bridgettines Felicians Franciscans Marists Redemptorists (1875) Sisters of the Humility of Mary Sisters of St. Joseph (1860) Sisters of Mercy (24 /September 1870) Charities Erie Diocese has many charities throughout all of the parishes. There are 9 main charities within the diocese. Better Homes for Erie Christ the King Manor Foreign Missions Harborcreek Youth Services Donate to Mission of Friendship Parish Care and Concern Prince of Peace Center Refugee Ministry St. Martin Center [7] Schooling Elementary and Middle Schools Having Catholic schools allows the best way to pass on the Catholic religion through generations. They teach their students the most important values of ever lasting peace and happiness. The focus on teaching the spiritual and secular dimensions of their lives. The schools allow their student to have a place of belonging in a global community. They focus on service within and outside of the school commutnity. The diocese has 33 elementary schools and 2 middle schools.[8] High schools Cathedral Preparatory School, Erie Central Catholic High School, DuBois Elk County Catholic High School, St. Marys Kennedy Catholic High School, Hermitage Mercyhurst Preparatory School, Erie Venango Catholic High School, Oil City Villa Maria Academy, Erie Catholicism portal Cemeteries Erie portal Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3325 West Lake Road, Erie Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5711 West Lake Road, Erie Mary, Queen of Peace Cemetery and Mausoleum, 6000 Lake Pleasant Road, Erie Trinity Cemetery 2971 West Lake Road, Erie See also Erie Diocesan Cemeteries References ^ a b "Facts about the Erie Diocese." Faith Magazine CSA 2010: 3. ^ "Map of the Diocese". Erie Roman Catholic Diocese. Retrieved 2007-05-09.  ^ Establishment dates for parishes will vary among sources: some use the arrival date of the first Catholic settlers; others use the date of the congregation's formation, the date of church building dedications, or the arrival date of the first resident priest. ^ St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church Sesquicentennial Jubilee Commemorative Book, 1978 ^ "About the Diocese". Erie Roman Catholic Diocese. Retrieved 2007-05-09.  ^ Named archbishop in 1953 [1]; Gannon University named for Bishop Gannon in 1944 [2] ^ "Giving". Erie Roman Catholic Diocese.  ^ "Catholic Schools office". 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