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Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker

Diocese of Baker
Dioecesis Bakeriensis
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Baker
Country United States
Territory 18 counties in Eastern Oregon
Ecclesiastical province Province of Portland
- Catholics

34,142[1] (6.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established June 19, 1903
Cathedral St. Francis de Sales Cathedral
Patron saint St. Francis de Sales
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Liam Stephen Cary
Metropolitan Archbishop Alexander King Sample
St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City

The Diocese of Baker (Latin: Dioecesis Bakeriensis) is a territorial division, or diocese, of the Roman Catholic Church in Eastern Oregon, United States. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Portland.

While the cathedral, Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales, is in the small city of Baker City, the pastoral offices are located in Bend, the largest city in Oregon outside the Willamette Valley.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker "includes almost 67,000 square miles in Oregon and has a population of 526,760 people, of whom 34,375, or seven percent, are Catholic".[2]


  • History 1
  • Territory 2
  • Bishops 3
    • Apostolic Administrator 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The "Diocese of Baker City" was established on June 19, 1903, and renamed "Diocese of Baker" on February 16, 1952.


The diocese consists of the counties of Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler in Eastern Oregon.


A list of bishops of the diocese and their years of service:

  1. Charles Joseph O'Reilly (1903–18)
  2. Joseph Francis McGrath (1918–50)
  3. Leo Fabian Fahey (1948-1950), coadjutor bishop
  4. Francis Peter Leipzig (1950–71)
  5. Thomas Joseph Connolly (1971–99)
  6. Robert F. Vasa (1999-2011)
  7. Liam Stephen Cary (2012–Present)

Apostolic Administrator

See also


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy
  2. ^ Statistics

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker Official Site
  • New - Diocese of Baker City

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