Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis

Archdiocese of Saint Louis
Archidioecesis Sancti Ludovici
Country St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Territory Greater St. Louis
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Saint Louis
Area 5,968 sq mi (15,460 km2)
- Total

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established July 18, 1826 (raised to archdiocese July 20, 1847)
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Patron saint Saint Louis IX, Saint Vincent DePaul and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Robert James Carlson
Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice, Robert Joseph Hermann (emeritus)
Emeritus Bishops Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, the Cathedral of the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is the Roman Catholic archdiocese that covers the City of St. Louis as well as the following Missouri counties: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, Saint Charles, Saint Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Warren, and Washington.

It was led by Archbishop Raymond Burke until his transfer to the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura on June 27, 2008. Robert James Carlson, the former Bishop of Saginaw, was named the Archbishop-elect on April 21, 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI, and was installed on June 10, 2009.[1] Archbishop Carlson is assisted by Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Joseph Hermann. The archdiocesan cathedral is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The original cathedral and motherchurch is the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France.



The area's first bishop was Louis William Valentine Dubourg, who on September 24, 1815 was appointed Bishop of Louisiana and the [East and West] Floridas by Pope Pius VII. DuBourg chose to set up his episcopal see in St. Louis. After his resignation and transfer to lead the diocese of Montauban, France, the Diocese of St. Louis was erected on July 18, 1826 by Pope Leo XII. When founded, it included the state of Missouri, the western half of Illinois, and all American territory west of the Mississippi River and north of the state of Louisiana. It was the largest American diocese, equalling in extent all of the other nine dioceses.

Its first bishop, Joseph Rosati, led the Roman Catholic Church's expansion its presence in these areas, and built its first cathedral, now known as the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France.

On July 28, 1837, territory in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas was taken from the Diocese to form the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa.

The St. Louis Diocese was elevated to an Archdiocese on July 20, 1847 by Pope Pius IX.

Because of its strong Catholic identity and having been the mother diocese of many dioceses in the midwest, the archdiocese was often referred to as "the Rome of the west". It is dedicated to Saint Louis IX and has as its copatrons Saints Vincent de Paul and Rose Philippine Duchesne.

In January 1999, the archdiocese was host to a two-day visit from Pope John Paul II, the first time a pope had visited the city. It was not John Paul's first visit, since thirty years earlier, he had paid a visit when he was Cardinal Wojtyła, Archbishop of Kraków.

Residential bishops

The following is a list of the bishops and archbishops of St. Louis and their terms of service.


Auxiliary bishops

Eastern Rites

There are two Eastern Rite churches and one Eastern Rite Cathedral within the archdiocese's boundaries:

High schools

†Archdiocesan high schools that are owned and operated by the Archdiocese.[2]


The archdiocese operates 17 cemeteries in the region, including:[3]

  • Resurrection
  • Sts. Peter & Paul
  • Mt. Olive
  • Calvary
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Charles Borromeo
  • St. Peter
  • St. Ferdinand
  • St. Monica
  • Our Lady
  • Holy Cross
  • St. Vincent
  • Ste. Philippine
  • St. Mary's
  • Ascension
  • Glencoe
  • Queen of Peace


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Coordinates: 38°38′34″N 90°15′26″W / 38.64278°N 90.25722°W / 38.64278; -90.25722

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