Discover the Diocese of Toledo

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo (LatinDioecesis Toletana in America) is a Roman Catholic diocese covering nineteen countiesin northwestern Ohio. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The See city for the diocese is Toledo. The diocese has been vacant since December 16, 2013. The Reverend Charles F. Ritter is the Diocesan Administrator. Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese.

History

The diocese was established on April 15, 1910 by Saint Pius X. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Cleveland.

Bishops

Ordinaries

Auxiliary Bishops

Affiliated Bishops

Coat of arms

The arms of the See of Toledo are based upon those of Toledo, Spain, which bears a silver tower on a plain red field. By changing the field to one half of blue (dexter) and half of red (sinister) the arms are significantly different from the original, and there is effected, in conjunction with the silver tower, a combination of red, white, and blue—a new and distinctively American Toledo coat. The tower has been marked with a red cross to indicate that the new Toledo is to be ever a Catholic stronghold.
The arms were designed in 1912 by heraldist Pierre de Chaignon la Rose. The formal heraldic blazon is Per pale azure and gules, a tower triply-turretted, the central turret the tallest, argent, charged with a cross-humetty of the second.

Territory

As of 2005, the Diocese covers 8,222 square miles (21,290 km2) in Williams CountyDefiance CountyPaulding CountyVan Wert CountyFulton CountyHenry CountyPutnam CountyAllen CountyLucas CountyWood CountyHancock CountyOttawa County,Sandusky CountySeneca CountyWyandot CountyCrawford CountyErie CountyHuron County, and Richland County

Population

The Diocese contains about 322,523 Catholics in an area population of 1,489,769. 

Personnel

For more information on vocations, visit http://www.toledovocations.com/

Education

Total number of students under Catholic instruction within the diocese 47,541.
The Toledo Diocese has the 26th largest Catholic school population in the country!
For more information on Toledo Diocesesan schools, visit http://www.toledodiocese.org/index.php/find-a-school

Sacraments

Catholic Charities

Ministries/Services Food Helping Hands of St. Louis H.O.P.E. Pantry Housing Shelters La Posada Miriam House Housing Services Homelessness Prevention Supportive Housing Life & Home Management Workshops Community Emergency Services Family Support Adoption Services Pregnancy Support Respect Life Ministry Abortion Healing/Support Bereavement Ministry Elder Guardianship Services Rural Life Ministry Jail & Prison Ministry Catholic Club - Daycare Elder Ministry Community Services Campaign for Human Development Disaster Response
For more information, visit http://www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org/

Catholic radio within the Diocese

Catholic Radio began broadcasting in the Diocese in the summer or 2010 beginning with WJTA followed by WNOC.
Several local stations owned by separate entities. These include:

(plus three sister stations):

Other stations in the diocese include:

Other stations reaching into portions of the Diocese

Established on April 15, 1910 by Pope Pius X, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo encompasses 8,222 square miles in a mixture of urban and rural areas that spans 19 counties in Northwest Ohio. The diocese includes Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot counties.
We look to early nineteenth century settlers who traveled to this area with their most prized possession—their Catholic faith to lay the groundwork for our diocese. The Irish came as laborers for the building of the canals, and later the railroads; the Germans came searching for land that they would clear and transform from swamps into fertile farms; the French, Hungarians, Italians, Mexican-Americans, Poles, Slovaks and African-Americans came placing their talents in the service of industry; missionaries followed to minister to the spiritual needs of these pioneers. This rich diversity continues to give life to the diocese.
Our churches, schools, hospitals, and other institutions are reminders of the sacrifices and generosity of the early Catholic families. Hard work, an adventuresome spirit and strong faith characterized our religious forebears. They were generous stewards of God’s many blessings as evidenced by the magnificent churches and schools. We, their children and grandchildren, have been the beneficiaries of their stewardship.
TERRITORY
8,222 square miles in Williams, Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Allen, Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Erie, Huron, and Richland counties.
POPULATION
319,907 Catholics in an area population of 1,465,561
GENERAL INFORMATION
PARISHES:
124
PERSONNEL
196 priests in our diocese, 165 diocesan priests, 92 on active duty in the Diocese, 4 active outside Diocese, 0 in foreign missions, 69 retired, sick or absent priests, 1 transitional deacon
31 religious priests, 8 extern priests and 11 religious brothers
450 women religious (sisters)
189 permanent deacons
EDUCATION
64 elementary schools serving 11,551 students (includes Pre-K-8)
10 diocesan and parish high schools serving 2,580 students
4 private high schools serving 2,496 students
2 colleges
22 total seminarians
2,720 high school students in Religious Education Programs
11,751 elementary students in Religious Education Programs (includes Pre-K-8)
8 priests serving as full-time academic teachers in our diocese; 0 Scholastics; 23 Sisters; 1,230 paid lay teachers
SACRAMENTS
2282 Infant Baptisms (infants up to ages 7)
557 Minor Baptisms (between ages 7 and 17
304 Adult Baptisms (18 and over)
361 Received into Full Communion total
3,148 First Communions
3,315 Confirmations
1065 Total Marriages, 660 Catholic Marriages; 405 Interfaith marriages
2,786 Deaths
WELFARE
7 Catholic hospitals, 1,441,147 number of in-patients and out patients assisted annually
7 homes for the aged, chronically ill, or invalids, 948 assisted annually
2 day care center, 345 assisted annually
7 special centers for social services and assistance (hotline centers, food distribution, homeless centers, legal services, counseling), 195,537 assisted annually.
7 other institutions serving 3000 annually

Following the transfer of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as Archbishop of Hartford, CT on Monday, December 16, 2013, the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Toledo have elected the Reverend Charles F. Ritter to serve as Diocesan Administrator.
According to Father Monte Hoyles, Chancellor for the diocese, “the role of the Administrator is to essentially maintain the operations of the diocese—to keep the status quo—and provide for the needs of the faithful until the next bishop is named by the Holy Father.”

Reverend Charles F. Ritter

Toledo, OH December 19, 2013 –Following the transfer of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as Archbishop of Hartford, CT on Monday, December 16, 2013, the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Toledo have elected the Reverend Charles F. Ritter to serve as Diocesan Administrator.

According to canon law, the College of Consultors is required to elect the Administrator within eight days of the vacancy of the see—the day on which Archbishop Blair was installed in Hartford.
According to Father Monte Hoyles, Chancellor for the diocese, “the role of the Administrator is to essentially maintain the operations of the diocese—to keep the status quo—and provide for the needs of the faithful until the next bishop is named by the Holy Father.”
Father Ritter, 71, currently serves as Associate Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Sylvania. He has previously served as Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, Bryan (1994-2009) and Saint Mary Parish, Leipsic (1975-1979); he has also served as an Associate Pastor at various parishes throughout the Diocese of Toledo. In addition to his parochial assignments, Father Ritter served as Director of the diocesan social justice office (1979-1989).
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Father Ritter holds a Master of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati, and a Masters of Arts degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University. He is also a 1959 graduate of Toledo Central Catholic High School.
In addition to electing the Administrator when a diocese is sede vacante, that is, without a bishop, the diocesan College of Consultors advises the bishop—and currently the Administrator—in more important matters of diocesan administration, according to canon 502 of the Code of Canon Law.
The diocese’s College of Consultors is comprised of eight diocesan priests: Father Michael O. Brown, Pastor of St. Clement Parish, Toledo; Monsignor William Kubacki, diocesan Moderator of the Curia and Rector of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral; Father Charles Ritter, Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania; Father David M. Ross, Pastor of St. John and St. Rose Parishes in Lima; Monsignor Christopher P. Vasko, Judicial Vicar for the diocesan tribunal and Pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick Historic Parishes in Toledo; Father Dennis G. Walsh, Pastor of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, Toledo; Father Herbert F. Weber, Pastor of Blessed John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg and Father Michael J. Zacharias, Pastor of St. Ann and St. Joseph Parishes in Fremont.

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