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Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Archidioecesis Philadelphiensis

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  • Nelson Jesus Perez, Archbishop
  • Keith James Chylinski, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Christopher Randall Cooke, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Efren Veridiano Esmilla, Auxiliary Bishop
  • John Joseph McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop Emeritus
  • Justin Francis Rigali, Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus
  • Edward Michael Deliman, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
  • Michael Joseph Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 12 February 1875
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • State: Pennsylvania
  • Country: United States of America
  • Square Kilometers: 5,702 (2,202 Square Miles)
  • Description: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties
  • Conference Region: III (NJ, PA)
  • Catholic Directory Abbreviation: PH
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299, USA
  • Telephone: (215)587-4507
  • Fax: 587-4545

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Philadelphia
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)
18 June 1834Territory AddedDiocese of Philadelphia (PA, DE, and parts of NJ (Hunterdon, Varren, Burlington, Glouester, Salem, Cumberland, and Cap May))
11 August 1843Territory LostDiocese of Philadelphia Diocese of Pittsburgh (erected) (Western Pennsylvania)
29 July 1853Territory LostArchdiocese of New York
Diocese of Philadelphia
Diocese of Newark (erected) (State of New Jersey)
3 March 1868Territory LostDiocese of Philadelphia Diocese of Harrisburg (erected)
Diocese of Scranton (erected) (Counties of Bradford, Lucerne, Wyoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan. Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Lycoming)
3 March 1868Territory LostArchdiocese of Baltimore
Diocese of Philadelphia
Diocese of Wilmington (erected) (Delaware plus Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchster, Somerset, and Worcester Counties in Maryland and Northampton and Accomac Counties in Virginia)
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
12 February 1875ElevatedDiocese of Philadelphia Archdiocese of Philadelphia
28 January 1961Territory LostArchdiocese of Philadelphia (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill) Diocese of Allentown (erected)


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

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Philadelphia
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 7, Page 305
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 8, Page 452
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 170
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 9, Page 298


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