History of the Diocese of Orlando (1968-2008)

Learn about the Diocese of Orlando’s history and our former bishops.


The Diocese of Orlando was established in 1968. During its history our Catholic community has grown with new churches, new schools and an expanded Catholic Charities.

Bishop William Borders

Between 1968 and 1974, Bishop William Borders chartered new ground as he formed the structure necessary to organize a brand new diocese.

Bishop Thomas Grady

Between 1974 and 1990, Bishop Thomas Grady was shepherd of the diocese during a period of impressive growth. Eighteen new parishes were established and a tourism ministry was born.

Bishop Norbert Dorsey

Between 1990 and 2004, Bishop Norbert Dorsey continued to add parishes and schools, as well as expand the ministry to the growing Hispanic community by establishing Spanish radio and health clinics for migrant and farm workers. During his tenure, he presided over a diocese that nearly doubled, growing from 230,000 parishioners to 400,000.

Bishop Thomas Wenski

In July 2003, the Holy Father appointed Thomas Wenski as the first Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando. On November 13, 2004, Thomas G. Wenski was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Orlando where he served until his appointment as Archbishop of Miami in 2010.