A diocese is a territorial division of the Catholic Church in a region or province. The head of a diocese is referred to as a bishop.
The Diocese of Orlando in Florida was officially established on June 18, 1968. In 1968, there were 50 parishes with 128,000 Catholics. New boundaries were established on July 17, 1984. The Diocese currently encompasses 9,611.11 square miles.
|Counties||9||Orange, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Osceola, Volusia, Polk, Sumter, Marion|
|General Population||4,320,834||U.S. Bureau of the Census: www.census.gov|
|Catholic Population||393,271||Catholic Census Information|
|Patroness of the Diocese||Mary, the Mother of God|
|Active Bishop||Most Reverend John Noonan|
|Former Bishops||Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Most Reverend Norbert M. Dorsey, C.P., S.T.D.
Most Reverend William D. Borders
Most Reverend Thomas J. Grady
Special Education School
|Basilicas||2||The Basilica of St. Paul, Daytona Beach
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Orlando
|Shrines||1||The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Orlando|
** This information was last updated April 2014.