Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo

Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
Diocese of Toledo
Dioecesis Toletana in America

Coat of arms
Country United States
Territory 19 counties in Northwest Ohio.
Ecclesiastical province Province of Cincinnati
Metropolitan Toledo, Ohio
- Catholics

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established April 15, 1910
Cathedral Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
Patron saint Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Leonard Paul Blair
Bishop of Toledo
Metropolitan Archbishop Dennis Marion Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati

Diocesan map of Ohio with the Diocese of Toledo in light green.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo (Latin: Dioecesis Toletana in America) is a Roman Catholic diocese covering nineteen counties in Ohio. It was established April 15, 1910. Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese.



  1. Joseph Schrembs (1911–1921) appointed Bishop of Cleveland and Archbishop ad personam in 1939
  2. Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (1921–1930) appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee, elevated to Cardinal in 1946
  3. Karl Joseph Alter (1931–1950) appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati
  4. George John Rehring (1950–1967) retired
  5. John Anthony Donovan (1967–1980) retired
  6. James Robert Hoffman (1980–2003) died
  7. Leonard Paul Blair (since 2003)

Auxiliary Bishops

  1. Albert Henry Ottenweller (1974–1977) appointed Bishop of Steubenville
  2. James Robert Hoffman (1978–1980) appointed Bishop
  3. Robert William Donnelly (1984–2006) retired

Affiliated Bishops

  • Augustus John Schwertner, second Bishop of Wichita was a priest in the Diocese (1897–1921)

Coat of arms

The arms of the See of Toledo are based upon those of Toledo, Spain, which bears a silver tower on a plain red field. By changing the field to one half of blue (dexter) and half of red (sinister) the arms are significantly different from the original, and there is effected, in conjunction with the silver tower, a combination of red, white, and blue—a new and distinctively American Toledo coat. The tower has been marked with a red cross to indicate that the new Toledo is to be ever a Catholic stronghold.[1]

The arms were designed in 1912 by heraldist Pierre de Chaignon la Rose.[2] The formal heraldic blazon is Per pale azure and gules, a tower triply-turretted, the central turret the tallest, argent, charged with a cross-humetty of the second.[2]


Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral


As of 2005, the Diocese covers 8,222 square miles (21,290 km2) in Williams County, Defiance County, Paulding County, Van Wert County, Fulton County, Henry County, Putnam County, Allen County, Lucas County, Wood County, Hancock County, Ottawa County, Sandusky County, Seneca County, Wyandot County, Crawford County, Erie County, Huron County, and Richland County. [1]


The Diocese contains about 322,523 Catholics in an area population of 1,489,769. [1]

General information


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo currently has 126 parishes.



  • 184 diocesan priests, 121 on active duty in the Diocese, 7 active outside Diocese, 1 in foreign missions
  • 39 religious priests, 11 extern priests and 8 religious brothers
  • 620 women religious (sisters)
  • 189 permanent deacons


  • 65 elementary schools serving 12,636, including Pre-schools 1,727
  • 14 Catholic high schools serving 5,485 students both in and outside Metro Toledo
  • 1 college

Total number of Catholic students within the Diocese (PK - 12) *19,848


  • 3,123 Infant and Child Baptisms
  • 4,364 First Communions
  • 4,656 Confirmations
  • 1,104 Marriages


  • 6 Catholic hospitals, 1,044,384 assisted
  • 5 homes for the aged, 2063 assisted
  • 11 special centers for social services, 16,869 assisted


Elementary schools


High schools



Catholic radio within the Diocese

Several local stations owned by separate entities began broadcasting in the summer of 2010. These include:

  • WNOC 89.7 FM licensed to Bowling Green and based in Toledo as "Annunciation Radio" plus a sister station WHRQ 88.1 FM in Sandusky.
  • WJTA 88.9 FM licensed to Glandorf and based in Leipsic serving Putnam and surrounding counties as "Holy Family Radio" which also serves the Findlay and northern portions of the Lima areas.
  • WRRO 89.9 FM licensed to Edon and based in Bryan which is currently in construction permit status and not yet on the air.

Other stations reaching into portions of the Diocese

  • WLYV 1450 AM in Fort Wayne, Indiana as "Reedeemer Radio" which can be heard in some areas near the Ohio/Indiana state line....since 2005. Reedeemer Radio also has an online audiostream.
  • WHJM 88.7 FM licensed in Anna,transmitting from Botkins as "Radio Maria" (based at KJMJ in Alexandria, Louisiana) which serves the southernmost portions of the Diocese,particularly the southern portion of the Lima area....since 2006. Radio Maria also streams on the internet.
  • WVKO 1580 AM in Columbus as "St.Gabriel Radio" which reaches into the southeastern portions of the Diocese,particularly in Kenton and surrounding communities within Hardin County (within the Columbus Diocese) and in the communities of Carey and Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County during daylight hours. St. Gabriel Radio also has an online audiostream.....since 2007. St.Gabriel Radio has purchased the current WOSU (AM) 820 kHz in Columbus which plans to move to that frequency by 2012 pending FCC approval.


  1. ^ a b c Catholic Diocese of Toledo - About Our Diocese
  2. ^ a b "Some Recent Episcopal Arms". The American Ecclesiastical Review (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press) 46 (1): 89–95. January 1912. 

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