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Archdiocese of Louisville

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  • Shelton Joseph Fabre, Archbishop
  • Joseph Edward Kurtz, Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 10 December 1937
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • State: Kentucky
  • Country: United States of America
  • Square Kilometers: 21,041 (8,127 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: V (AL, KY, LA, MS, TN)
  • Catholic Directory Abbreviation: L
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: 3940 Poplar Level Rd., Louisville, KY 40213, USA
  • Telephone: (502)585-3291
  • Fax: 585-2466

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Bardstown
8 April 1808ErectedDiocese of Baltimore Diocese of Boston (erected) (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont)
Diocese of Bardstown (erected) (States of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and the Old Northwest Territory)
Diocese of New York (erected) (State of New York plus Sussex, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex, and Monmouth counties in New Jersey)
Diocese of Philadelphia (erected) (Pennsylvania, Delaware, and 7 counties of New Jersey)
19 June 1821Territory LostDiocese of Bardstown Diocese of Cincinnati (erected) (Ohio)
6 May 1834Territory LostDiocese of Bardstown Diocese of Vincennes (erected) (Indiana and the eastern portion of Illinois)
6 May 1834Territory LostDiocese of Bardstown Diocese of Saint Louis (the rest of Illinois (not part of Vincennes))
18 June 1834Territory AddedDiocese of Bardstown (KY and TN)
28 July 1837Territory LostDiocese of Bardstown Diocese of Nashville (erected) (State of Tennessee)
Diocese of Louisville
13 February 1841Name ChangedDiocese of Bardstown Diocese of Louisville
19 July 1850Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Cleveland (from Baltimore to Cincinnati)
Diocese of Detroit (from Baltimore to Cincinnati)
Diocese of Louisville (from Baltimore to Cincinnati)
Diocese of Vincennes (from Baltimore to Cincinnati)
29 July 1853Territory LostDiocese of Louisville Diocese of Covington (erected) (Eastern part of KY)
9 December 1937Territory LostDiocese of Louisville (Ballard, Carliste, Hickman, Fulton, McCracken, Graves, Livingston, Marshall, Calloway, Trigg, Lyon, Crittenden, Caldwell, Christian, Hopkins, Webster, Union, Henderson, Daviess, Eandock, McLean, Ohio, Muhlenberg, Butler, Todd, Logan, Breckinridge, ...) Diocese of Owensboro (erected)
Archdiocese of Louisville
10 December 1937ElevatedDiocese of Louisville Archdiocese of Louisville
14 January 1988Territory LostDiocese of Covington (Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Garrard, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Jessimine, Johnson, Knot, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Manifee, Montgo...)
Archdiocese of Louisville (Anderson, Boyle, Lincoln, McCreary, Mercer, Pulaski, and Wayne)
Diocese of Lexington (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Louisville
Archdiocese of Louisville

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Louisville
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 172
  • Archdiocese of Louisville
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 30, Page 260, to Page 262


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