Discover the Diocese of Arlington

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington (LatinDioecesis Arlingtonensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southernUnited States. The Diocese of Arlington comprises 68 parishes located in the 21 northern-most counties within the Commonwealth ofVirginia, including the Northern Virginia counties of ArlingtonClarkeCulpeperFairfaxFauquierFrederickKing GeorgeLancaster,LoudounMadisonNorthumberlandOrangePagePrince WilliamRappahannockRichmondShenandoahSpotsylvaniaStafford,Warren and Westmoreland, and cities of AlexandriaFairfaxFalls ChurchFredericksburgManassasManassas Park, andWinchester.  Bishop Paul S. Loverde is the ordinary of the Diocese of Arlington. His residence is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington County, Virginia.  In 2013, there were 256 priests and 453,916 registered Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington.  The total population within the Diocese of Arlington, Catholic and non-Catholic, was 2,968,486.
The Diocese of Arlington also has two missions in the Dominican Republic—Bánica Mission Parish and Pedro Santana Mission Parish, which are overseen by the diocesan Office of the Propagation of the Faith. The Director of the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese of Arlington is currently Fr. Patrick L. Posey, who also serves as Pastor of St. James Church in Falls Church.
The diocese was canonically erected on May 28, 1974 by Pope Paul VI.  The parishes which the Diocese of Arlington comprises were ceded from the neighboring Diocese of Richmond.


The founding bishop of the diocese, Thomas Jerome Welsh, was installed on August 13, 1974.  Bishop Welsh served until February 8, 1983, when he was transferred by Pope John Paul II to become bishop of the Diocese of AllentownPennsylvania.  Welsh was previously auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, and rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary inWynnewood, Pennsylvania.
The second bishop of the diocese, John Richard Keating, was ordained as Bishop of Arlington on August 4, 1983,  and served until his death March 22, 1998.  Bishop Keating was previously Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of ChicagoIllinois.
Bishop Paul S. Loverde, previously bishop of the Diocese of OgdensburgNew York, was installed as the diocese's third bishop March 25, 1999.

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