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Diocese of Worcester

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the New Englandregion of the United States. The geographic boundaries of the diocese are the same as those of Worcester County, Massachusetts, the geographically largest county of the state of Massachusetts. It is led by a prelate bishop who is pastor of the Cathedral of Saint Paul in the city of Worcester.
The diocese was canonically erected on January 14, 1950, by Pope Pius XII. Its territories were taken from the neighboring Diocese of Springfield. The current and fifth bishop is Robert Joseph McManus.

List of Bishops

  1. John Joseph Wright, DD (1950-1959) appointed Bishop of Pittsburgh, later elevated to Cardinal in 1969 and appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy (1969-1979)
  2. Bernard Joseph Flanagan, DD (1959-1983) retired
  3. Timothy Joseph Harrington, DD (1983-1994) retired
  4. Daniel Patrick Reilly, DD (1994-2004) retired
  5. Robert Joseph McManus, STD (2004–present)

Auxiliary Bishops:

  1. Timothy Joseph Harrington, DD (1968-1983) appointed Bishop
  2. George Edward Rueger, DD (1988-2005) retired

Organization of parishes

In 2004, Bishop Reilly grouped parishes into "clusters".  The purpose of this system is to allow communities to come together for a regional event. Also, priests may substitute for one another at a particular parish.

Parish

City/Town

Pastor/Administrator

Associate Pastor/Vicar

 

Blessed John Paul II

Southbridge

Rev. Peter J. Joyce

Rev. Nelson J. Rivera, Rev. Jonathan J. Slavinskas

 

Blessed Sacrament

Worcester

Rev. Chester J. Misiewicz

 

 

Christ the King

Worcester

Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan

 

 

Good Shepherd

Linwood

Rev. Lawrence J. Esposito

 

 

Holy Cross

Templeton (East Templeton)

Rev. Joseph J. Jurgelonis

 

 

Holy Family

Worcester

Rev. Steven M. LaBaire

 

 

Holy Family of Nazareth

Leominster

Rev. Jose A. Rodriguez

 

 

Holy Spirit

Gardner

Rev. Thomas M. Tokarz

 

 

Holy Trinity

Harvard/Bolton

Rev. Terence T. Kilcoyne

 

 

Immaculate Conception

Lancaster

Rev. Edward P. Lettic

 

 

Immaculate Conception

Worcester

Rev. Walter J. Riley

 

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Winchendon

Rev. Leo-Paul Leblanc

 

 

Mary, Queen of the Rosary

Spencer

Rev. James F. Hoey

 

 

North American Martyrs

Auburn

Rev. John F. Gee

 

 

Our Lady Immaculate

Athol

Rev. Krzysztof Korcz

 

 

Our Lady of Cz?stochowa

Worcester

Rev. Thaddeus X. Stachura

Rev. Ryszard Polek

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel

West Boylston

Rev. Thirburse F. Millott

 

 

Our Lady of Loreto

Worcester

Rev. Charles R. Armey

 

 

Our Lady of Lourdes

Worcester

Rev. James B. O'Shea

 

 

Our Lady of Mercy

Worcester

Rev. Paul Mooradd

 

 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann

Worcester

Rev. Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone

 

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Worcester

Rt. Rev. Paul G. Frechette

 

 

Our Lady of the Angels

Worcester

Rev. Charles F. Monroe

 

 

Our Lady of the Assumption

Millbury

Rev. Paul M. LaPalme

 

 

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Gardner

Rev. Brian P. O'Toole

Rev. Guillermo J. Ochoa

 

Our Lady of the Lake

Leominster

Rev. Dennis J. O'Brien

 

 

Our Lady of the Rosary

Worcester

Rev. Patrick J. Hawthorne

 

 

Our Lady of Vilna (historically Lithuanian, currently Vietnamese)

Worcester

Rev. Peter Tam M. Bui

 

 

Prince of Peace

Princeton

Rev. James J. Caldarella

 

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Gardner

Rev. Brian P. O'Toole

Rev. Guillermo J. Ochoa

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Hopedale

Rev. William C. Konicki

 

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Milford

Rev. Richard A. Scioli, CSS

Rev. Gregory J. Hoppough, CSS (weekends)

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Webster

Rev. Adam Reid

 

 

Sacred Heart-St. Catherine of Sweden

Worcester

Rev. George J. Ridick

 

 

St. Aloysius

Gilbertville

Rev. Richard A. Lembo

 

 

St. Aloysius-St. Jude

Leicester

Rev. John M. Lizewiski

 

 

St. Andrew Bobola (Polish)

Dudley

Rev. Joseph F. Szwach

 

 

St. Andrew the Apostle

Worcester

Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Scollen

Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas

 

St. Ann

Oxford (North Oxford)

Rev. Michael N. Lavallee

 

 

St. Anna

Leominster

Rev. Frederick D. Fraini, III

 

 

St. Anne

Ashburnham (South Ashburnham)

Rev. John E. Horgan

 

 

St. Anne

Shrewsbury

Rev. John J. Foley

Rev. Paul T. O'Connell (Senior Priest)

 

St. Anne

Southborough

Rev. Conrad S. Pesevich

 

 

St. Anne & St. Patrick (run byAssumptionists)

Sturbridge (Fiskedale)

Rev. Peter R. Precourt, AA

 

 

St. Anthony of Padua

Fitchburg

Rev. Robert D. Bruso

Rev. Edwin Montana

 

St. Anthony of Padua

Dudley

Rev. Joseph A. Marcotte

 

 

St. Augustine Mission

Hardwick (Wheelwright)

Rev. Richard A. Lembo

 

 

St. Augustine

Millville

Rev. Daniel R. Mulcahy, Jr.

 

 

St. Bernadette

Northborough

Rev. Stephen M. Gemme

 

 

St. Bernard @ St. Camillus de Lellis Church

Fitchburg

Rev. Joseph M. Dolan

 

 

St. Boniface

Lunenburg

Rev. John A. Dwyer

 

 

St. Brigid

Millbury

Rev. Paul M. LaPalme

 

 

St. Cecilia

Leominster

Rev. Msgr. Francis T. Goguen

Rev. Edward Michalski

 

St. Christopher

Worcester

Rev. Stanley F. Krutcik

 

 

St. Columba

Paxton

Rev. David E. Doiron

 

 

St. Denis

Ashburnham

Rev. John E. Horgan

 

 

St. Denis

Douglas

Rev. Ernest P. Allega

 

 

St. Edward the Confessor

Westminster

Rev. William E. Champlin

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi

Athol

Rev. Krzysztof Korcz

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi (Hispanic)

Fitchburg

Rev. Emerito Ortiz

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi

South Barre

Rev. James B. Callahan

 

 

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Upton

Rev. Laurence V. Brault

 

 

St. George

Worcester

Rev. Ronald G. Falco

Rev. Eric K. Asante

 

St. James

Grafton (South Grafton)

Rev. Edward J. Hanlon

 

 

St. Joan of Arc (Hispanic)

Worcester

Rev. Miguel A. Pagan

Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas

 

St. John

Worcester

Rev. John F. Madden

Rev. Msgr. Edmond T. Tinsley (Senior Priest)

 

St. John the Baptist

East Brookfield

Rev. George A. Charland

 

 

St. John, Guardian of Our Lady

Clinton

Rev. Thomas V. Walsh

Rev. Hugo A. Cano

 

St. Joseph

Auburn

Rev. Edward D. Niccolls

Rev. Patrick Ssekyole

 

St. Joseph

Charlton

Rev. Robert A. Grattaroti

Rev. Mark Rainville

 

St. Joseph

Fitchburg

Rev. Richard F. Trainor

Rev. Michael J. Clements

 

St. Joseph

Gardner

Rev. Thomas M. Tokarz

 

 

St. Joseph & St. Pius X

Leicester

Rev. John M. Lizewski

 

 

St. Joseph

North Brookfield

Rev. Kevin F. Hartford

 

 

St. Joseph Basilica

Webster

Rev. Msgr. Anthony S. Czarnecki

 

 

St. Joseph the Good Provider

Berlin

Rev. Robert M. Spellman

 

 

St. Leo

Leominster

Rev. Msgr. John E. Doran

Rev. Thien X. Nguyen

 

St. Louis

Webster

Rev. William F. Sanders

Rev. Juan Guillermo

 

St. Luke the Evangelist

Westborough

Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Foley

 

 

St. Mark

Sutton

Rev. Michael A. Digeronimo

 

 

St. Martin Mission

Templeton (Otter River)

Rev. Joseph J. Jurgelonis

 

 

St. Mary

Grafton (North Grafton)

Rev. Kenneth R. Cardinale

 

 

St. Mary

Holden (Jefferson)

Rev. Timothy M. Brewer

 

 

St. Mary

Shrewsbury

Rev. Msgr. Michael F. Rose

Rev. Marcin W. Nowicki

 

St. Mary

Uxbridge

Rev. Nicholas Desimone

 

 

St. Mary of the Hills

Boylston

Rev. Manuel A. Clavijo

 

 

St. Mary the Assumption

Milford

Rev. Raymond M. Goodwin

Rev. Dario Acevedo

 

St. Matthew

Southborough

Rev. James B. Flynn

 

 

St. Patrick

Rutland

Rev. C. Michael Broderick

 

 

St. Patrick

Whitinsville

Rev. Tomasz J. Borkowski

Rev. Juan D. Echavarria

 

St. Paul

Blackstone

Rev. D. Timothy O'Mara

 

 

St. Paul

Warren

Rev. Daniel J. Becker

 

 

St. Paul Cathedral

Worcester

Rev. Msgr. Robert K. Johnson (Rector)

Rev. Angel R. Matos

 

St. Peter

Northbridge

Rev. James F. Carmody

 

 

St. Peter

Petersham

Rev. Krzysztof Korcz

 

 

St. Peter (Hispanic and African-American)

Worcester

Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Scollen

Rev. Richard A. Jakubauskas

 

St. Philip

Grafton

Rev. Kenneth R. Cardinale

 

 

St. Richard of Chichester

Sterling

Rev. James M. Steuterman

 

 

St. Roch

Oxford

Rev. Michael J. Roy

 

 

St. Rose of Lima

Northborough

Rev. James A. Houston

 

 

St. Stanislaus

Warren (West Warren)

Rev. Daniel J. Becker

 

 

St. Stephen

Worcester

Rev. H. Edward Chalmers

Rev. Joseph P. Mahoney (Senior Priest)

 

St. Theresa

Blackstone

Rev. Paul M. Bomba

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul

Templeton(Baldwinville)

Rev. Francis A. Roberge

 

 

Our Lady of Providence @ St Bernard's Church

Worcester

Rev. Edward Ryan

Rev. William Reiser SJ

 

High schools

Administrators

Mission Statement

As individuals, families and parishes, our mission as the Diocese of Worcester is to respond joyfully to Christ’s call to become more fully the People of God. Though imperfect, we are a blessed people striving to participate in Christ’s mission of reaching out to all. Therefore, we accept the Gospel challenge, which calls us to bring another to a deeper knowledge and love of God. Since God calls us to live in community in the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves in this time and place to becoming a prayerful and faith-filled Church that truly reflects the glory of God.

Most Rev. Robert Joseph McManus, S.T.D.

Bishop Robert J. McManus was born in Providence on July 5, 1951. The son of Edward W. and Helen F. (King) McManus of Narragansett, he is a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School in Providence and Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School.
He studied for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. (bachelor and master of arts degrees), and the Toronto School of Theology (master of divinity degree). He has also earned licentiate and doctoral degrees in sacred theology from The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
After performing a year’s diaconal service at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in East Greenwich, Bishop McManus was ordained to the priesthood there by Bishop Kenneth A. Angell on May 27, 1978. Following ordination, he served as temporary assistant chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital (1978), associate pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Cranston (1978-81) and associate pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Providence (1981-82). From 1982 to 1984 he was the Catholic chaplain at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick while continuing in residence at St. Anthony. He pursued advanced studies in theology in Rome from 1984 to 1987. While still in doctoral studies in Rome, he was named director of the diocesan Office of Ministerial Formation on July 1, 1986, and in July 1987 he returned to the diocese and took up residence at St. Luke Parish in Barrington.
Bishop McManus became diocesan Vicar for Education on November 9, 1987 while continuing as director of the Office of Ministerial Formation and in-residence at St. Luke. On October 4, 1990, he assumed the additional duty as theological consultant and editorial writer for The Providence Visitor newspaper. He was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor on February 28, 1997. He was named rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary on June 26, 1998 while continuing his duties as Vicar for Education and Director of Ministerial Formation. At the same time he left St. Luke for residence at the seminary and assumed responsibility for weekend assistance at St. Margaret Parish in Rumford. Bishop McManus was ordained as Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary Bishop of Providence on February 22, 1999 and he continued to serve as Secretary for Ministerial Formation and Rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary for some time.
Pope John Paul II named Bishop McManus as the Fifth Bishop of Worcester and he was installed on May 14, 2004. In 2008, he completed his term as the Chairperson of the Committee on Education for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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