Discover the Diocese of San Diego

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is a particular church of the Latin Rite of theRoman Catholic Church in the western region of the United States. Its ecclesiastic territory includes all of San Diego and Imperial Counties in Southern California, with a Catholic population of 1,981,057. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Leadership and religious membership

On January 4, 2012, Bishop Cirilo Flores was appointed as coadjutor bishop with immediate right of succession to Bishop Robert Henry Brom, 75, who had served since January 1990, upon the acceptance of his resignation (Catholic bishops must offer their resignation to the Pope at age 75, but are often kept later). Therefore, Coadjutor Bishop Flores immediately succeeded Bishop Brom as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego when Bishop Brom's resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on September 18, 2013. There are 233 priests, 118 deacons, 290 religious sisters and 22 religious brothers.


The diocese was established on July 11, 1936 at which time it also included Riverside andSan Bernardino Counties. In 1978 these two counties were separated to form the Diocese of San Bernardino. Currently the Diocese of San Diego includes 99 parishes and 16 missions. In addition, the diocese includes 45 elementary schools, 5 high schools and 2 universities (University of San Diego and John Paul the Great Catholic University).

On February 28, 2007, the diocese filed for bankruptcy protection after the diocese was unable to reach a settlement agreement with numerous plaintiffs suing over alleged clergy abuse. On September 7, 2007, the Diocese agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of child sexual abuse by clergy, the 2nd-largest payment by a diocese.

List of bishops





High schools

* Formerly the University of San Diego High School
** Formerly Marian Catholic High School
*** Catholic school not associated with Diocese, formerly known as Sierra Madre Academy


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