Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California


Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California
Diocese of San José in California
Dioecesis Sancti Josephi in California

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Location
Territory County of Santa Clara
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of San Francisco
Metropolitan San Jose, California, United States
Statistics
Population
- Catholics

over 600,000
Parishes 52 (including missions)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established January 27, 1981
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Co-cathedral Saint Patrick Proto-Cathedral
Patron saint Saint Joseph
Saint Clare of Assisi
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath
Bishop of San José in California
Metropolitan Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer
Archbishop of San Francisco
Auxiliary Bishop Thomas A. Daly
Auxiliary Bishop of San José and Titular Bishop of Tabalta
Vicars General Rev. Msgr. Francis V. Cilia
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia
Very Rev. Brendan McGuire
Vicar General - Special Projects
Emeritus Bishops Pierre DuMaine
Bishop Emeritus
Map
Website
dsj.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San José; in California (Latin: Dioecesis Sancti Josephi in California) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the northern California region of the United States. It comprises Santa Clara County, and is led by a bishop. Its patron saints are Saint Joseph and Saint Clare of Assisi. the diocese is a suffragan of the ecclesiastical province of San Francisco. Its fellow suffragans include the Dioceses of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Santa Rosa and Stockton.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in Downtown San Jose is the cathedral church of the diocese. The diocesan offices are located at 1150 North First Street. The diocese serves over 600,000 Catholics in 52 parishes and missions, three university campus ministries, and 38 schools.[citation needed]

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History

The Roman Catholic Church in present-day Santa Clara County dates to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís (a Spanish mission) in 1777, during the era of the Provincias Internas of New Spain. Originally a part of the Diocese of Sonora in Mexico, in 1840 San Jose and the rest of the Californias became part of the Diocese of Alta and Baja California, headquartered in Santa Barbara.

In 1850, two years after the Mexican Cession, the Diocese of Alta and Baja California was split between the American and Mexican territories, and San Jose became a part of the Diocese of Monterey. In 1853, the northern half of the county became part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, while the areas around Gilroy and Morgan Hill remained in the Diocese of Monterey. In 1922 the American Catholic Church decided to use county boundaries for dioceses,[citation needed] and the southern half of the county was transferred to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The collapsed five-story tower at St. Joseph's Seminary, damaged by a 1989 earthquake.

Pope John Paul II granted the See of San Jose independence on January 27, 1981;[citation needed] the diocese was canonically erected later that year by archbishops Pio Laghi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, and John R. Quinn, Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco, on March 18, the vigil of the feast of Saint Joseph. The first Bishop of San Jose was Pierre DuMaine, and the first cathedral of the diocese was Saint Patrick Proto-Cathedral Parish.

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged St. Joseph's Cathedral, resulting in the need for $22 million in repairs;[1] it also damaged Saint Joseph's Seminary of Mountain View, resulting in the death of someone working in the tower.[2] St. Joseph's, a Sulpician seminary at one time affiliated with Saint Patrick Seminary,[3] was subsequently closed and demolished, with the intent to sell part of the land to build luxury homes and use the proceeds to repay a $20 million loan used to repair the cathedral.[4] As part of the deal with the Cupertino City Council, 138 acres (56 ha) were donated to the county park system, to be added to Rancho San Antonio County Park.[1]

Bishops of San José in California

Auxiliary Bishops of San José in California

Education

In terms of student population, the diocese is the second largest education provider in the county, trailing only San Jose Unified School District.[citation needed] Most of the primary schools are parochial, or operated by a parish, while all the high schools, with the exception of St. Lawrence Academy, are operated by either the diocese or by a religious order. Santa Clara University is a Jesuit run university at the site of Mission Santa Clara.

Primary schools

High schools

Parishes

Alphabetical

Campbell (1)
Saint Lucy Parish
Cupertino (1)
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish
Gilroy (1)
Saint Mary Parish
Los Altos (3)
Saint Nicholas Parish
Saint Simon Parish
Saint William Parish
Los Gatos (1)
Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish
Milpitas (2)
Saint Elizabeth Parish
Saint John the Baptist Parish
Morgan Hill (1)
Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish
Mountain View (2)
Saint Athanasius Parish
Saint Joseph Parish
Palo Alto (1)
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish
Catholic Community at Stanford
San Jose (27)
Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Chinese Catholic Community
Christ the King Parish
Church of the Transfiguration
Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish
Holy Cross Parish
Holy Family Parish
Holy Spirit Parish
Most Holy Trinity Parish
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Queen of Apostles Parish
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Saint Anthony Parish
Saint Brother Albert Chmielowski Polish Mission
Saint Christopher Parish
Saint Frances Cabrini Parish
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish
Saint John Vianney Parish
Saint Julie Billiart Parish
Saint Leo the Great Parish
Saint Maria Goretti Parish
Saint Martin of Tours Parish
Saint Mary of the Assumption Croatian Mission
Saint Patrick Proto-Cathedral Parish
Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish
Saint Victor Parish
Santa Teresa Parish
Santa Clara (6)
Mission Santa Clara (distinct from Saint Clare Parish, located across the street)
Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel
Our Lady of Peace Parish (sponsored by the Institute of the Incarnate Word)
Saint Clare Parish
Saint Justin Parish
Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish
Saratoga (2)
Church of the Ascension
Sacred Heart Church
Sunnyvale (4)
Church of the Resurrection
Holy Korean Martyrs Parish
Saint Cyprian Parish
Saint Martin Parish

By Deanery

Deanery 2 (Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto)
Saint Nicholas Parish (Los Altos)
Saint Simon Parish (Los Altos)
Saint William Parish (Los Altos)
Saint Athanasius Parish (Mountain View)
Saint Joseph Parish (Mountain View)
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto)
Catholic Community at Stanford University (Palo Alto; personal parish sponsored by the Dominican Order[5])
Deanery 5 (Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose West, Saratoga)
Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish (Cupertino)
Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish (Los Gatos)
Queen of Apostles Parish (San Jose)
Saint Frances Cabrini Parish (San Jose)
Saint Martin of Tours Parish (San Jose)
Saint Frances Cabrini Parish (San Jose)
Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish
Church of the Ascension (Saratoga)
Sacred Heart Church (Saratoga)

External links

References

Specific references:

  1. ^ a b Diocese Expected to Seal St. Joseph's Land Deal / Parkland and homes slated for Cupertino site, a July 8, 1998 article from the San Francisco Chronicle
  2. ^ ID. Wilshire, H.G. 12ct from the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
  3. ^ Our History from the Saint Joseph's College Alumni Association
  4. ^ Diocese Gets OK to Build 178 Homes in Cupertino, an August 2, 1995 article from the San Francisco Chronicle
  5. ^ About Us from the Catholic Community at Stanford University website

General references:



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