About the Diocese

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 was established in 1968 and is comprised of 79 parishes and 12 missions, two basilicas, 37 schools, and hundreds of ministries.   Led locally by our fifth Bishop, Most Reverend John Noonan, the clergy, consecrated women and men, and members of Christ’s faithful strive to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by participating in the Sacraments, studying the Word of God, praying always and in all ways, teaching the faith and caring for those in need.

As a thriving and growing community of Catholic faithful, the Diocese of Orlando represents many cultural and ethnic groups, believers of all ages, income levels and education. But they all are united in the universal Catholic Church. In addition to English, Mass is celebrated in the Diocese of Orlando in nine foreign languages: Portuguese, African, Filipino, Spanish, Polish, Korean, Malayalam, Vietnamese, and Creole. We all call Central Florida home but the Catholic Church is our spiritual home where we share God’s love, experience the sacraments, serve the needy and encourage the distressed. Most of all, we come together for Mass to meet our Savior at the table of the Lord, grow in our relationship with Christ, lead others to holiness and share our blessings.

Catholics of the Diocese of Orlando join together as joy-filled witnesses to hope and are alive in Christ. Learn more about the Catholic Church by clicking What Catholics Believe.

Vision and Mission Statement

Mission: In Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 5, Jesus concludes the Beatitudes by telling his disciples, “You are the light of the world. Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify our heavenly Father.”

Vision: We are called to teach and live the Light of Christ toward Goodness, Righteousness and Truth. We respond to this call by enkindling a deeper faith in the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters; forming leaders in Christ; and harmonizing ministries to the mission of the Catholic Church.

Click below to watch a video of Bishop Noonan explaining his priorities for the Diocese of Orlando.

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