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Diocese of Brooklyn

Diœcesis Bruklyniensis
Cathedral Basilica of St. James
Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Coat of arms
Country  United States
Territory Brooklyn and Queens
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of New York
  • 310 Prospect Park West
  • Brooklyn, New York, 11215
Area179 sq mi (460 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of July 2017)
1,506,000 (30.1%)
Denomination Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
EstablishedJuly 29, 1853; 170 years ago (1853-07-29)
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. James
Co-cathedral Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Secular priests472
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Robert J. Brennan
Metropolitan Archbishop
Auxiliary Bishops
Bishops emeritus
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The Diocese of Brooklyn ( Latin: Diœcesis Bruklyniensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in the U.S. state of New York. It is headquartered in Brooklyn and its territory encompasses the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The Diocese of Brooklyn is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of New York. The diocesan cathedral is the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn and its co-cathedral is the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights. The current Bishop of Brooklyn is Robert J. Brennan.

Brooklyn is one of the few dioceses in the United States that is made up of 100% urban territory. [1]

The bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, presides from both the Cathedral Basilica of St. James and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. This atypical arrangement was required due to the small size of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James. St. Joseph's Church was designated as a co-cathedral for the Diocese of Brooklyn on February 14, 2013, by Pope Benedict XVI after Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio petitioned the Vatican.


The diocese was established in 1853 out of the territory of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, at a time when Brooklyn was still a separate city from New York City. It originally included all of Long Island, but its present-day territory was established in 1957 when Nassau and Suffolk counties were split off to form the Diocese of Rockville Centre. [2]

The opening of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1801 drew a number of immigrants, largely Catholics from Northern Ireland, especially from Derry and Donegal. They would cross the East River to attend services at St. Peter's Church on Barclay Street. Periodically, John Power or others would come to celebrate Mass at the home of William Purcell or at Dempsey's Blooming Grove Garden on Fulton St. The Church of St. James was erected in 1822. In July, 1841, Johann Stephen Raffeiner, from the Tyrol, began the German parish of the Most Holy Trinity on a part of the farm of the old Dutch Meserole family in the Bushwick section. Holy Cross Cemetery was opened in 1849. In 1853, Archbishop John Hughes appointed his vicar-general, Irish-born John Loughlin, former pastor of St. Patrick's on Mulberry St. as bishop of the new diocese. Loughlin chose St. James as his cathedral. [3]

During his episcopate, Loughlin founded 120 parishes. Plans to build the larger Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception were deferred in favor of orphanages, schools, and hospitals. He was succeeded in 1892, by Bishop Charles Edward McDonnell, former chancellor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn served at that time 250,000 Catholics. With the increase in the number of immigrants of various nationalities, McDonnell founded a number of national churches which ministered to parishioners in their own language. To this end, he invited several religious institutes into the diocese, including the Redemptorists, Benedictines, Franciscans (including the Minor Conventuals and Capuchins), Jesuits, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Daughters of Wisdom, and Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus. [4] He also built three hospitals. Camp Wycoff and Camp Black, set up during the Spanish–American War were attended by local clergy.

Thomas Edmund Molloy was named the third Bishop of Brooklyn on November 21, 1921. In 1930 Bishop Molloy established the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre was split off from Brooklyn April 6, 1957. Ten days later, Bryan Joseph McEntegart became the next Bishop of Brooklyn. He built six high schools, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, and a hospital. He improved outreach to the growing Hispanic population, he sent priests and religious to study Spanish language and culture. Bishop Francis Mugavero experience as former head Brooklyn's Catholic Charities was reflected in his episcopate. In 1971, Mugavero established the Catholic Migration Office to serve the needs of immigrants and refugees living in Brooklyn and Queens. The Nehemiah project produced affordable housing in Brownsville.

In September 2018, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn agreed to a record $27.5 million settlement for sex abuse allegations. [5] On February 15, 2019, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens made public a list of 108 clergy who were "credibly accused" of committing sexual abuse, [6] [7] [8] some of whom have also been convicted for their crimes. [9] [8] Along with the list, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio also issued a letter of apology, asking for forgiveness. [10] In June 2020, the FBI arrested Francis Hughes, a priest serving in Queens, on child pornography charges and sex-related charges involving underage minors. [11] In a separate case, the Vatican exonerated Bishop DiMarzio of allegations of sexual abuse dating back a half century. After an inquiry led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that the accusations were groundless. [12]



Bishops of Brooklyn

  1. John Loughlin (1853–1891)
  2. Charles Edward McDonnell (1892–1921)
  3. Thomas Edmund Molloy (1922–1956), elevated to Archbishop ad personam in 1951
  4. Bryan Joseph McEntegart (1957–1968), elevated to Archbishop ad personam in 1966
  5. Francis Mugavero (1968–1990)
  6. Thomas Vose Daily (1990–2003)
  7. Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio (2003–2021)
  8. Robert J. Brennan (2021–present)

Current auxiliary bishops

Former auxiliary bishops

Other priests of the diocese who became bishops

Priests "equivalent to diocesan bishops" affiliated with this diocese

  • Leo Joseph White, Apostolic Prefect of Garissa, Kenya, 1976-1984 - incardinated in 1990.


The sitting bishop is also the true principal of the diocese's pre-seminary high school, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. As of March 2009, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is the only full-time high school seminary in the nation[ citation needed]. Three diocesan and/or parish high schools are under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens[ citation needed]. As of 2019, only 36 Diocese of Brooklyn schools were still not scheduled to close, compared to the 102 which were operational in the 1980s. [13] Between the mid-2000s and 2019, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn permanently closed 45 of its schools. [13]

High schools



Elementary schools

Queen of All Saints School, Fort Greene

There were 116 diocesan and parish elementary schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. In March 2009. In 2009, Pope John Paul II Family Academy opened at St. Barbara's School in Bushwick, [18] [19] In 2019, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Academy in Bensonhurst and Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Academy in Mill Basin closed, and two Bushwick schools, St Brigid and St. Frances Cabrini, merged. [13]


  • Bay Ridge Catholic Academy
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy
  • Brooklyn Jesuit Prep
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Academy - formerly staffed by Dominican Sisters
  • Midwood Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy of Brooklyn
  • Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy
  • Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy
  • St. Athanasius Catholic Academy
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Academy
  • St. Bernard Catholic Academy
  • St. Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy
  • St Catherine of Genoa ~ St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy
  • St. Edmund School
  • St. Ephrem Catholic Academy
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy - Early Childhood
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy
  • St. Mark Catholic Academy
  • St. Patrick Catholic Academy
  • St. Peter Catholic Academy
  • St. Saviour Catholic Academy
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy
  • Salve Regina Catholic Academy


  • Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy – Douglaston
  • Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy – Richmond Hill
  • Holy Family Catholic Academy – Flushing
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Academy – Whitestone
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy – Astoria
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy – Jamaica
  • Incarnation Catholic Academy – Queens Village
  • Notre Dame Catholic Academy – Ridgewood
  • Our Lady's Catholic Academy – South Ozone Park
  • Our Lady of Fatima School – Jackson Heights
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy – Howard Beach
  • Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy – Middle Village
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy – Forest Hills
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy – South Ozone Park
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Academy – Corona
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy – Bayside
  • Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy – Floral Park
  • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy – Forest Hills
  • Resurrection-Ascension Catholic Academy – Rego Park
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Academy – Bayside
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Academy – Cambria Heights
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Academy – Glendale
  • St. Adalbert Catholic Academy – Elmhurst
  • St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy – Flushing
  • St. Bartholomew Catholic Academy – Elmhurst
  • St. Clare Catholic Academy – Rosedale
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy – Ozone Park
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy – Belle Harbor
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy – Astoria
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy – Bellerose
  • St. Helen Catholic Academy – Howard Beach
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic School – Jackson Heights
  • St. Joseph Catholic Academy – Long Island City
  • St. Kevin Catholic Academy – Flushing
  • St. Leo Catholic Academy – Corona
  • St. Luke Catholic School – Whitestone
  • St. Margaret Catholic Academy – Middle Village
  • St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy – Ozone Park
  • St. Matthias Catholic Academy – Ridgewood
  • St. Mel Catholic Academy – Flushing
  • St. Michael's Catholic Academy – Flushing
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Academy – Jamaica
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy – Rockaway Beach
  • St. Sebastian Catholic Academy – Woodside
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy of Queens – Maspeth
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy – Woodhaven
  • Ss. Joachim and Anne – Queens Village [20]



Seminary of the Immaculate Conception – Former major seminary in Huntington for the Diocese of Brooklyn, established in 1926, closed in 2012. Seminarians from the diocese now fulfill their major seminary programs at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.


Cathedral Seminary House of Formation – established in Douglaston in 1967. Currently serves as the college/minor seminary for the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Also serves as the minor seminary for students from other dioceses.

Seminarians enrolled at the Cathedral Seminary study for their undergraduate philosophy degrees at either St. John's University in Queens or Fordham University in Bronx.


The Diocese of Brooklyn has nine Catholic cemeteries serving the diocese; two in Brooklyn, five in Queens and three outside the diocese.



  • Mount St. Mary Cemetery – Flushing
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery – Astoria
  • St. John Cemetery – Middle Village
  • St. Monica Cemetery – Jamaica

Outside of diocese


Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center – Closed

See also


  1. ^ Coen, Joseph W.; McNamara, Patrick, J.; Vaccari, Peter I. Diocese of Immigrants: The Brooklyn Catholic Experience 1853-2003, Éditions du Signe, 2004. ISBN  2-7468-0912-5. p. 120
  2. ^ Who We Are Archived 2017-03-18 at the Wayback Machine," Diocese of Rockville Centre website (accessed 2009-November–02).
  3. ^ "The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. V. 1-3 ..." Catholic editing Company. Jul 1, 1914. Retrieved Jul 1, 2020 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Meehan, Thomas. "Diocese of Brooklyn." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 30 August 2019Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "Diocese of Brooklyn reaches record $27.5M settlement with four victims of abuse by former lay educator". NBC News. 18 September 2018. Retrieved Jul 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis Response". Retrieved Jul 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Brooklyn Diocese lists names of 108 clergy accused of sexually abusing minors". WPIX. Feb 15, 2019. Retrieved Jul 1, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "List of Diocesan Clergy for whom the Diocese received allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor". Retrieved Jul 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "Database of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse". Retrieved Jul 1, 2020.
  10. ^ [ bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ "Queens Priest Arrested After Sharing Explicit Texts, Photos with 15-Year-Old Boy: FBI". 29 July 2020.
  12. ^ Calvan, Bobby Caina. "Vatican exonerates Brooklyn bishop accused of sexual abuse", abcnews, September 1, 2021
  13. ^ a b c McGibney, Megan (Jun 21, 2019). "With Schools Closing, Is Catholic Education Disappearing in Brooklyn?". Retrieved Jul 1, 2020.
  14. ^ FHA. "Fontbonne-71 Years of Excellence". Fontbonne Hall website. Archived from the original on January 22, 2009. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  15. ^ "About Us | Saint Saviour High School". Retrieved 2023-06-10.
  16. ^ a b "Brooklyn & Queens Catholic High Schools". Office of Schools – Diocese of Brooklyn. Retrieved 2023-06-10.
  17. ^ "History of School". Retrieved 2023-06-10.
  18. ^ NY Daily News (2009-02-27). "Rich donor aids new Catholic school for poor fams". Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  19. ^ Pope John Paul II Family Academy official site
  20. ^ "Brooklyn Catholic Elementary Schools". Office of Schools – Diocese of Brooklyn. Retrieved 2023-06-10.

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