Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson

Diocese of Tucson

Dioecesis Tucsonensis

Diócesis de Tucson
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.svg
CountryUnited States
TerritoryGila, Graham, Greenlee, Pinal (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Gila River Indian Reservation), Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, Yuma, and La Paz in Arizona
Ecclesiastical provinceSanta Fe
Area42,707 sq mi (110,610 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
382,123 (22.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMay 8, 1897 (122 years ago)
CathedralSt. Augustine Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Augustine of Hippo
Current leadership
BishopEdward Weisenburger
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St. Augustine Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson (Latin: Dioecesis Tucsonensis, Spanish: Diócesis de Tucson) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southwestern region of the United States. It is a suffragan see of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The diocese was recently led by its seventh bishop, Most Reverend Gerald Frederick Kicanas, who retired on October 3, 2017.[1]

The See city for the diocese is Tucson, Arizona, and its cathedral parish is the St. Augustine. Another church of special interest is the Mission San Xavier del Bac, also in Tucson.


It comprises nine counties of the state of Arizona, making it the fifth largest diocese in the continental United States in terms of area. The counties are Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pinal (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Gila River Indian Community), Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, Yuma, and La Paz.


Pope Pius IX established the Apostolic Vicariate of Arizona in 1868, taking its territory from the then Diocese of Santa Fe.

The Diocese of Tucson was canonically erected by Pope Leo XIII as a diocese on May 8, 1897.[2][3]

It lost territory thrice: on 3 March 1914 to establish the Diocese of El Paso, on 16 December 1939 to establish the Diocese of Gallup and on 28 June 1969 to establish the Diocese of Phoenix.

The Diocese of Tucson filed bankruptcy in September 2004. The Diocese of Tucson reached an agreement with the victims of sex abuse, which the bankruptcy judge approved on June 11, 2005, specifying terms that included allowing the diocese reorganization to continue in return for a $22.2 million settlement.


Apostolic Vicars of Arizona[]

  1. Jean-Baptiste Salpointe (1868-1884), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of Santa Fe
  2. Peter Bourgade (1885-1897)

Bishops of Tucson[]

  1. Peter Bourgade (1897-1899), appointed Archbishop of Santa Fe
  2. Henry Regis Granjon (1900-1922)
  3. Daniel James Gercke (1923-1960)
  4. Francis Joseph Green (1960-1981)
  5. Manuel Duran Moreno (1982-2003)
  6. Gerald Frederick Kicanas (2003-2017)
  7. Edward Weisenburger (2017-present)

Coadjutor Bishops[]

Other priest of this diocese who became Bishop[]

High schools[]

Other dioceses in Arizona[]

Parishes and missions by county[]

Cochise County[]

  1. Our Lady of Lourdes, Benson
  2. St Andrew the Apostle, Sierra Vista
  3. Our Lady of the Mountains, Sierra Vista
  4. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Tombstone
  5. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Willcox
  6. St Jude Thaddeus Parish, Sunsites
  7. St Patrick Parish, Bisbee
  8. St Michael, Naco
  9. St Bernard, Pirtleville
  10. Immaculate Conception, Douglas
  11. St Luke, Douglas

Gila County[]

  1. St Philip the Apostle Parish, Payson
  2. St Benedict, Young
  3. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Miami
  4. Holy Angels, Globe
  5. San Carlos Apache Community, San Carlos
  6. St Joseph, Hayden

Graham County[]

  1. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Solomonville
  2. St Rose of Lima, Safford
  3. St Martin de Porres, Pima

Greenlee County[]

  1. Holy Cross, Morenci
  2. Sacred Heart, Clifton
  3. St Mary, Duncan

La Paz County[]

  1. Sacred Heart Parish, Parker
  2. Queen of Peace Mission, Quartzsite
  3. St John the Baptist Mission, Wenden
  4. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Mission, Poston

Pima County[]

  1. Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Tanque Verde
  2. Holy Family Church, Tucson
  3. Most Holy Trinity Parish, Tucson
  4. Our Lady of Fátima Catholic Church, Drexel Heights
  5. Our Lady of LaVang Vietnamese Catholic Church, Tucson
  6. Our Lady Queen of all Saints Parish, Tucson
  7. Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Tucson
  8. Queen of Angels Parish, Tucson
  9. Sacred Heart, Tucson
  10. St Ambrose Parish, Tucson
  11. St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson
  12. St Cyril of Alexandria Parish, Tucson
  13. St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Casas Adobes
  14. St Frances Cabrini Parish, Tucson
  15. St Francis de Sales Parish, Tucson
  16. St John the Evangelist Parish, Tucson
  17. St Joseph Parish, Tucson
  18. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, South Tucson
  19. St Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Tucson
  20. St Mark Parish, Oro Valley
  21. St Melany's Byzantine Church, Tucson
  22. St Monica Parish, Tucson
  23. St Odilia Parish, Oro Valley
  24. St Pius X Parish, Tucson
  25. Ss Peter and Paul Parish, Tucson
  26. St Thomas More Newman Center, Tucson
  27. St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Catalina Foothills
  28. San Xavier del Bac Mission, San Xavier Indian Reservation
  29. Santa Catalina Parish, Catalina
  30. Santa Cruz Parish, Tucson
  31. San Martín Mission
  32. Santa Rosa Mission
  33. Cristo Rey Mission
  34. San Ignacio de Loyola Mission
  35. El Señor de los Milagros Mission
  36. San Juan Bautista Mission


  1. St Christopher Parish, Marana
  2. Immaculate Conception Parish, Ajo
  3. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sells
  4. San Solano Missions, Topowa
  5. St Augustine Mision, Chuichu
  6. San Jose Mission, Pisenemo
  7. Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Green Valley
  8. St Martin de Porres, Sahuarita
  9. St Rita in the Desert Parish, Vail

Pinal County[]

  1. St George Parish, Apache Junction
  2. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Florence
  3. St James Parish, Coolidge
  4. Our Lady of Grace Parish, Maricopa
  5. St Michael the Archangel, Florence
  6. St Anthony of Padua Parish, Casa Grande
  7. St Francis of Assisi Parish, Superior
  8. St Helen of the Cross, Eloy
  9. St Helen, Oracle
  10. St Bartholomew, San Manuel
  11. Blessed Sacrament, Mammoth
  12. Infant Jesus of Prague, Kearny
  13. St Mary Mission, Stanfield

Santa Cruz County[]

  1. St Anne Church, Tubac
  2. Most Holy Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Rio Rico
  3. San Felipe de Jesus Church, Nogales
  4. Sacred Heart Church, Nogales
  5. San Martin de Porres, Sahuarita
  6. St Therese of Lisieux Parish, Patagonia

Yuma County[]

  1. St Jude Thaddeus, San Luis
  2. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Somerton
  3. Immaculate Conception Parish, Yuma
  4. St Francis of Assisi Parish, Yuma
  5. St John Neumann Parish, Yuma
  6. St Joseph Mission, Wellton

See also[]



  1. ^
  2. ^ "Diocese of Tucson". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Tucson". Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  4. ^ Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson Welcome

Sources and external links[]

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