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Diocese of Springfield

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts (LatinDioecesis Campifontis) is an ecclesiastical territory or dioceseof the Roman Catholic Church in the New England region of the United States comprising the counties of BerkshireFranklinHampshire, and Hampden in the state of Massachusetts. It is led by Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell.
The Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts was canonically erected on June 14, 1870, by Pope Pius IX. Its territories were taken from the present-day Archdiocese of Boston.
The Basilica of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee is under the circumscription of the diocese.

Suppression and closure of parishes

In an online news brief by the Catholic News Service (CNS) that was posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011:
"The Springfield Diocese has been informed that the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest tribunal, has upheld the diocese's decision to suppress and close three parishes.
According to a Nov. 10 press release issued by the diocese, the upholding of the parish closings "is a definitive finding which supports the actions of the diocese, thus removing any possibility for their restoration as parishes."
The three parishes in the western Massachusetts diocese involved in the final ruling were St. Stanislaus Kostka in Adams and St. George and St. Patrick in Chicopee. The decision affirmed merging St. Stanislaus Kostka with Pope John Paul the Great Parish, and St. George and St. Patrick with Holy Name of Jesus.
In the same action, the press release said, the Vatican court indicated the diocese had not yet provided sufficient cause to use the former churches for nonreligious uses, a similar point made by the Vatican Congregation for Clergy in its decision.
But the diocese said the court's secondary finding does not require that these church buildings be reopened, and does not mandate that they be restored as regular worship sites, since the parishes they were assigned to no longer exist. "This action simply means they cannot be actively used for any nonreligious purpose. It allows for no use, or a wide range on other nonworship religious uses," the diocesan news release said.
Future actions by the diocese may include using the clarification now provided by the Apostolic Signatura to issue a decree stating "the need to reduce the status of the church buildings or alternative uses as permitted."..."


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Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield
65 Elliot St., Springfield MA, 01105
Tel. 413-732-3175
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1730
Springfield, MA 01102-1730


Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell |Bishop Joseph F. Maguire
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History & General Information | Statistics on the Diocese
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BORN: New York, NY on December 23, 1937.
PARENTS: John J. & Margaret (Looney) McDonnell, both now deceased.
FAMILY: One younger brother: Brother John J. McDonnell, F.M.S., presently Vice-Provincial of the United States Province of the Marist Brothers.

PRIESTLY ORDINATION: by Francis Cardinal Spellman for the Archdiocese of New York on June 1, 1963, in Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
EPISCOPAL NOMINATION: as Auxiliary Bishop of New York and Titular Bishop of Semina by Pope John Paul II on October 30, 2001.
EPISCOPAL ORDINATION: by Edward Cardinal Egan, Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell and Most Reverend Robert A. Brucato on December 12, 2001, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
INSTALLMENT AS BISHOP OF SPRINGFIELD: by Archbishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., on April 1, 2004, in the presence of Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, a corporation sole, is the civil corporate name for the Diocese of Springfield. The Bishop of Springfield is the head of the corporation. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, which was erected on June 14, 1870, operates under both civil law and canon law (the law of the Church). It is comprised of 85 parishes and 8 missions with more than 217,000 Catholics. There are 144 priests throughout the four western counties of Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire).
The diocese educates just over 4,000 students in 15 elementary schools, 4 high schools and 1 college.
The diocese supports our laity and public with extensive services, such as providing eleven homes for the aged, a hospital, a health care center, and a day care center.
On April 1, 2004 Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell was installed as the 8th Bishop of Springfield. Retired Bishop Joseph Maguire (5th Bishop of Springfield) continues to reside in the Diocese and take part in the life of the Catholic community here.
There are several religious houses in our diocese, including the cloistered orders of the Visitation and Dominican nuns and numerous motherhouses including Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Providence, Franciscan Missionary Sisers of Assisi and Daughters of the Heart of Mary. Other orders are present in the diocese. Among the religious men represented in the diocese, we have the Marian Fathers & Brothers, Carmelites, Franciscans, LaSalettes, Passionists and Stigmatines.
Chancery Phone: (413) 732-3175
65 Elliott Street
P.O. Box 1730
Springfield,. MA 01102


Erected June 14, 1870
Bishops - 1 
Retired Bishops - 2 
Diocesan Priests - 103 
Religious Priests -41 
Total Retired Priests - 41 
Total Priests in Diocese - 185 
Total Permanent Deacons - 77 
Total Brothers - 15 
Total Sisters - 406 
Number of Parishes - 82 
Missions - 8 
Pastoral Centers - 1 
Catholic Hospitals - 1 
Patients Assisted Annually - 172,612 
Health Care Centers - 1 
Patients Assisted Annually - 7,131 
Homes for the Aged - 10 
Total Assisted -538 
Residential Care of Children - 0 
Total Assisted Annually - 0 
Day Care and Extended Day Care Centers - 1 
Total Assisted Annually - 107 
Specialized Homes - 0 
Patients Assisted Annually - 0 
Special Centers for Social Services - 8 
Total Assisted Annually - 41,850 
Diocesan Students in Other Seminaries - 23 
Religious Seminaries - 0 
Total Seminarians - 23 
Colleges and Universities -1 
Total Students - 1,323 
Diocesan and Parish High Schools - 4 
Total Students - 1,048 
Diocesan and Parish Elementary Schools - 16 
Total Students - 4,039 
Religious Education High School Students - 5,965 
Religious Education Elementary Students- 12,088 
Total Students under Catholic Instruction -24,486 
Sisters Teaching - 25 
Lay Teachers - 436 
Receptions into the Church - 2,499 
First Communions - 2,378 
Confirmations - 2,161 
Total Marriages - 584 
Deaths - 3,416 
Total Catholic Population - 216,156 
Total Population - 828,191 
Catholic Population Percentage - 26%
Information as it appears in The Official Catholic Directory 
copyright, 2011, by P.J. Kenedy & Sons.

Most Rev. Timothy Anthony McDonnell
76 Elliot St., P.O. Box 1730
Springfield, 01102-1730
Tel. 452-0803 • Fax: 452-0804


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