Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus

Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Diocese of Columbus
Dioecesis Columbensis

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Columbus
Country United States
Territory 23 counties in Central and Southern Ohio.
Ecclesiastical province Province of Cincinnati
Metropolitan Columbus, Ohio
- Catholics

Denomination Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established March 3, 1868
Cathedral St. Joseph Cathedral
Patron saint St. Francis de Sales
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Frederick Francis Campbell
Bishop of Columbus
Metropolitan Archbishop Dennis Marion Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati
Emeritus Bishops James Anthony Griffin

Diocesan map of Ohio with the Diocese of Columbus in light yellow.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus (Latin: Dioecesis Columbensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in the Ecclesiastical Province of Cincinnati covering 23 counties in Ohio. The episcopal see of the diocese is situated at Columbus, Ohio. The diocese was erected on March 3, 1868 by Pope Pius IX out of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. On October 21, 1944 the diocese lost territory when Pope Pius XII erected the Diocese of Steubenville.


Early history

The Catholic faith was brought in the area by the Dominican Order in Somerset, Ohio. They established St. Joseph's Parish in Somerset, which is the oldest parish in the state of Ohio, while under the direction of Edward Fenwick. These Dominican friars spread the faith in various areas of Central and Southern Ohio. Pennsylvania Germans and Irish immigrants settled in this part of the state, which led to the establishment of the older parishes. While the Germans and Irish settled in the southeastern part of Ohio, French immigrants came to the northern part of the diocese. In addition, small groups of Italians, Hungarians, and Slovaks moved into farming communities or in the city of Columbus.


The bishops of the diocese, in the order they served, are:

  1. Sylvester Horton Rosecrans (1868–1878) died
  2. John Ambrose Watterson (1880–1899) died
  3. Henry Moeller (1900–1903) appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati
  4. James Joseph Hartley (1903–1944) died
  5. Michael Joseph Ready (1944–1957) died
  6. Clarence George Issenmann (1957–1964) appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Cleveland
  7. John Joseph Carberry (1965–1968) appointed Archbishop of Saint Louis and elevated to Cardinal in 1969
  8. Clarence Edward Elwell (1968–1973) died
  9. Edward John Herrmann (1973–1982) retired
  10. James Anthony Griffin (1983–2004) retired
  11. Frederick Francis Campbell (2005—)

Affiliated Bishops

  • Francis William Howard, Bishop of Covington (1923–1944) was a priest in the Diocese of Columbus (1891–1923)
  • Edward Gerard Hettinger was Auxiliary Bishop of Columbus (1941–1977)
  • George Avis Fulcher was Auxiliary Bishop of Columbus (1976–1983) before being appointed Bishop of Lafayette (1983–1984)


As of 2011, the Diocese of Columbus compromises of 106 parishes and 3 missions. The parishes are divided into the following deaneries:

Center - South Columbus Deanery
  • Community of Holy Rosary/St. John the Evangelist, Columbus (African American; 1979)
  • Corpus Chrisit, Columbus (1923)
  • Holy Cross, Columbus (German; 1846)
  • Sts. Augustine & Gabriel, Columbus (Vietnamese; 1925)
  • St. Dominic, Columbus (African American; 1889)
  • St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus (1866)
  • St. Ladislas, Columbus (Hungarian/Croatian 1908)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, Columbus (German; 1865)
  • St. Patrick, Columbus (Irish; 1852)
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, Columbus (1900)
Northwest Columbus Deanery
  • Our Lady of Victory, Columbus (1922)
  • St. Agatha, Columbus (1940)
  • St. Andrew, Columbus (1955)
  • Saint Brendan the Navigator Church, Hilliard (1956)
  • St. Brigid of Kildare, Dublin (1987)
  • St. Christopher, Columbus (1947)
  • St. Joan of Arc, Powell (1987)
  • St. Margaret of Cortona, Columbus (Italian; 1921)
  • St. Peter, Columbus (1970)
  • St. Timothy, Columbus (1961)
North High Deanery
  • Holy Name, Columbus (1905)
  • Immaculate Conception, Columbus (1915)
  • Our Lady of Peace, Columbus (1946)
  • Parroquia Santa Cruz, Columbus (Hispanic; 1993)
  • Sacred Heart, Columbus (1875)
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Columbus (1892)
  • St. John the Baptist, Columbus (Italian; 1895)
  • St. Michael the Archangel, Worthington (1946)
  • St. Thomas More Newman Center, Columbus (1906)
Northland Columbus Deanery
  • Church of the Resurrection, New Albany (1983)
  • St. Anthony, Columbus (1963)
  • St. Elizabeth, Columbus (1967)
  • St. James the Less, Columbus (1947)
  • St. John Neumann, Sunbury (1977)
  • St. Matthias, Columbus (1956)
  • St. Paul, Westerville (1913)
West Columbus Deanery
  • Holy Family, Columbus (1877)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City (1954)
  • Sts. Simon & Jude, West Jefferson (German/Irish; 1867)
  • St. Agnes, Columbus (1954)
  • St. Aloysius, Columbus (1906)
  • St. Cecilia, Columbus (1882)
  • St. Joseph, Plain City (1864)
  • St. Mary Magdalene, Columbus (1928)
  • St. Patrick, London (German/Irish; 1866)
  • St. Stephen the Martyr, Columbus (Hispanic; 1963)
East Columbus Deanery
  • Blessed John XXIII, Canal Winchester (2000)
  • Christ the King, Columbus (1946)
  • Holy Spirit, Columbus (1947)
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Columbus (1967)
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Pickerington (1978)
  • St. Catharine of Siena, Columbus (1931)
  • St. Mary, Groveport (1871)
  • St. Matthew, Gahanna (1959)
  • St. Philip the Apostle, Columbus (1956)
  • St. Pius X, Reynoldsburg (1958)
Marion Deanery
  • Immaculate Conception, Kenton (1866)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Ada (1874)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Marysville (1866)
  • Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, Cardington (1971)
  • St. Mary, Delaware (1854)
  • St. Mary, Marion (1864)
Perry County-Zanesville Deanery
  • Church of the Atonement, Crooksville (1902)
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mattingly Settlement (1856)
  • Holy Trinity, Somerset (1826)
  • St. Ann, Dresden (1877)
  • St. Bernard, Corning (1885)
  • St. Joseph, Somerset (1818)
  • St. Nicholas, Zanesville (German; 1842)
  • St. Patrick, Junction City (1827)
  • St. Rose of Lima, New Lexington (1867)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Zanesvile (Irish/Italian; 1842)
Knox-Licking Deanery
  • Church of the Ascension, Johnstown (1912)
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Newark (1904)
  • Church of the Nativity, Utica (1912)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Buckeye Lake (1928)
  • St. Edward the Confessor, Granville (1947)
  • St. Francis de Sales, Newark (1844)
  • St. Leonard, Heath (1962)
  • St. Luke, Danville (1823)
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Mt. Vernon (1839)
Tuscawaras-Holmes-Coshocton Deanery
  • Holy Trintiy, Zoar (1995)
  • Immacualte Conception, Dennison (Italian; 1870)
  • Sacred Heart, Coshocton (1897)
  • Sacred Heart, New Philadelphia (1895)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul, Glenmont (1855)
  • St. Francis de Sales, Newcomerstown (1918)
  • St. Joseph, Dover (German/Italian; 1848)
  • St. Peter, Millersburg (1877)
Lancaster Deanery
  • St. Bernadette, Lancaster (1963)
  • St. Mary, Bremen (1917)
  • St. Mark, Lancaster (1959)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, Lancaster (1819)
  • St. John the Evangelist, Logan (1838)
  • St. Joseph, Sugar Grove (1892)
Chillicothe Deanery
  • Holy Trinity, Jackson (1880)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul, Wellston (1881)
  • St. Colman of Cloyne, Washington Courthouse (1881)
  • St. Joseph, Circleville (1845)
  • St. Mary, Chillicothe (1837)
  • St. Mary Queen of the Missions, Waverly (1878)
  • St. Peter, Chillicothe (German; 1846)
  • St. Sylvester, Zaleski (Irish; 1864)
Scioto County Deanery
  • Holy Redeemer, Portsmouth (Irish; 1853)
  • Holy Trinity, Pond Creek (1854)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Otway (1916)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, West Portsmouth (1945)
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation, Portsmouth (German; 1880)
  • St. Monica, New Boston (1916)
  • St. Peter in Chains, Wheelersburg (1849)



High schools

Elementary schools

  • All Saints Academy, Columbus
  • Bishop Fenwick, Zanesville
  • Bishop Flaget, Chillicothe
  • Blessed Sacrament, Newark
  • Holy Spirit, Columbus
  • Holy Trinity, Somerset
  • Immaculate Conception, Columbus
  • Immaculate Conception, Dennison
  • Notre Dame Elementary, Portsmouth
  • Our Lady of Bethlehem, Columbus
  • Our Lady of Peace, Columbus
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City
  • Sacred Heart, Coshocton
  • St. Agatha, Columbus
  • St. Andrew, Columbus
  • St. Anthony, Columbus
  • St. Bernadette, Lancaster
  • St. Brendan, Hilliard
  • St. Brigid of Kildare, Dublin
  • St. Catharine, Columbus
  • St. Cecilia, Columbus
  • St. Francis de Sales, Newark
  • St. James the Less, Columbus
  • St. John, Logan
  • St. Joseph Montessori, Columbus
  • St. Mary Elementary, Lancaster
  • St. Mary Magdalene, Columbus
  • St. Mary, Columbus
  • St. Mary, Delaware
  • St. Mary, Marion
  • St. Matthew, Gahanna
  • St. Matthias, Columbus
  • St. Michael, Worthington
  • St. Patrick, London
  • St. Paul, Westerville
  • St. Pius X, Reynoldsburg
  • St. Rose of Lima, New Lexington
  • St. Timothy, Columbus
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Mt. Vernon
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Wellston
  • Trinity Elementary, Columbus
  • Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary School, Dover


  • Genesis HealthCare System, Zanesville (combination of Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda Hospital). Good Samaritan Hosptial began in 1900 and is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
  • Mt. Carmel Hospitals, Columbus (Mt. Carmel, East; Mt. Carmel, West; St. Ann, Westerville). Mt. Carmel opened in 1886, by the Sisters of the Holy Cross from St. Mary's, Indiana. In 1972, Mt. Carmel East opened to serve the suburbs. Also, St. Ann's Hospital was bought by Mt. Carmel in 1995. At one time, St. Ann's was operated by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity.
  • Trinity Hospital Twin City, Dennison. Recently, bought by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio in May 2011.
Former Hospitals

The following list are the closed hospitals of the Diocese, which stopped operations due to high costs and other factors:

  • St. Francis Hospital, Columbus (1862-1955). Operated by the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis. The building was razed in 1957 and today it is the site of Grant Hospital.
  • St. Anthony's Hospital, Columbus (1891-1991). Also operated by the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis. The original building was razed in 1971 and was finally sold in 1991. It is now part of the Ohio State University hospital system.
  • San Antonio Hospital, Kenton (1897-1963). The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati owned the facilities.
  • Mercy Hospital, Mt. Vernon (1919-1975). Owned by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. This hospital closed and merged with the local public hospital of Mt. Vernon.
  • Mercy Hospital, Portsmouth (1917-1981). This hospital was owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes from Rochester, Minnesota. It was sold to the community hospital in the city.

Religious orders

The Diocese of Columbus has many religious men and women orders serving in parishes, schools, colleges, and hospitals.

Religious priests and brothers

Dominicans (Province of St. Joseph)
  • Holy Trinity Parish, Somerset
  • Pontifical College Josephinum
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • St. Joseph Parish, Somerset
  • St. Patrick Parish, Columbus
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Zanesville
Paulist Fathers
  • St. Thomas More Newman Center
Precious Blood Fathers
  • St. James the Less Parish, Columbus
Society of Jesus
  • Pontifical College Josephinum
Sons of the Immaculate Conception Congregation
  • Mt. Carmel Hospitals

Religious Sisters

Catholic radio within the Diocese

  • Saint Gabriel Radio which is currently being aired on WVKO (AM) 1580 kHz in Columbus via a lease aggreement with owner Bernard Ohio LLC. St. Gabriel has purchased the current WOSU (AM) 820 kHz from the Ohio State University in September of 2011 pending FCC approval,upon which St. Gabriel will move from 1580 to 820 AM. St. Gabriel also owns and operates WFOT at 89.5 FM licensed to Lexington and serving the Mansfield area. St. Gabriel Radio airs programming from EWTN Global Catholic Radio along with locally originating programs.

Other stations reaching into portions of the Diocese

  • WULM "Radio Maria" 1600 AM in Springfield which reaches towards Columbus in some areas during daylight hours and can also be heard 24/7 on the internet, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry via their respective phone applications which can be downloaded at Radio Maria USA is based at originating station KJMJ 580 AM in Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • WNOP "Sacred Heart Radio" 720 AM licensed to Newport, Kentucky and based in Cincinnati which also airs local and EWTN an FM sister, WHSS 89.5 in Hamilton.

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