Discover the Diocese of Brooklyn

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes territory that was previously part of the (now) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, was established as a separatediocese in 1853 when the City of Brooklyn was separate from New York City.

The diocese includes parishes in Brooklyn, as well as Queens, which at the time of formation was a rural hinterland of New York City. It once included all of Long Island, but it gave up its territory in Nassau County and Suffolk County in 1957 to the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Brooklyn is one of the few dioceses in the United States that is made up of 100% urban territory.

The Bishop of Brooklyn presides from the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. Many major ceremonies, however, are held at the much larger Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Sunset Park neighborhood in southern Brooklyn[citation needed].

On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named two priests as Auxiliary Bishops of Brooklyn.

Bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn




The bishop is also the true principal of the diocese's pre-seminary high school, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. As of March 2009, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is the only full-time high school seminary in the nation[citation needed]. Three Diocesan and/or parish high schools are under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens[citation needed].

High schools

There are three Diocesan and/or parish high schools under the auspices of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. While the Catholic high schools below may geographically lie within the diocese, most are run independently of it. 



Elementary schools

There were 116 Diocesan and parish elementary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens in March 2009. In the fall of 2009, a new free tuition school called the Pope John Paul II Family Academy  opened  at St. Barbara's School in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The following eight schools have closed, reducing the total number of schools to 111:


There are nine Roman Catholic cemeteries serving the Diocese of Brooklyn[citation needed].



Outside of the Diocese of Brooklyn




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