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Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo

Diocese of Toledo
Dioecesis Toletana in America
Country United States
Territory 19 counties in Northwest Ohio.
Ecclesiastical province Cincinnati
Metropolitan Dennis Marion Schnurr
Area 8,222 sq mi (21,290 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
321,516 (22%)
Parishes 128
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established April 15, 1910 (104 years ago)
Cathedral Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
Patron saint Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo (Latin: Dioecesis Toletana in America) is a Roman Catholic diocese covering nineteen counties in northwestern Ohio. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The See city for the diocese is Toledo. The Bishop of Toledo is the Most Reverend Daniel Edward Thomas. Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese.


The diocese was erected on April 15, 1910 by Saint Pius X. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Cleveland.[1][2]



  1. Joseph Schrembs (1911–1921) appointed Bishop of Cleveland and Archbishop ad personam in 1939
  2. Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (1921–1930) appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee, elevated to Cardinal in 1946
  3. Karl Joseph Alter (1931–1950) appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati
  4. George John Rehring (1950–1967) retired
  5. John Anthony Donovan (1967–1980) retired
  6. James Robert Hoffman (1980–2003) died
  7. Leonard Paul Blair (2003–2013) appointed Archbishop of Hartford
  8. Daniel Edward Thomas (2014–present)

Auxiliary Bishops

  1. Albert Henry Ottenweller (1974–1977) appointed Bishop of Steubenville
  2. James Robert Hoffman (1978–1980) appointed Bishop of Toledo
  3. Robert William Donnelly (1984–2006) deceased[3]

Affiliated Bishops

Coat of arms

The arms of the See of Toledo are based upon those of Toledo, Spain, which bears a silver tower on a plain red field. By changing the field to one half of blue (dexter) and half of red (sinister) the arms are significantly different from the original, and there is effected, in conjunction with the silver tower, a combination of red, white, and blue—a new and distinctively American Toledo coat. The tower has been marked with a red cross to indicate that the new Toledo is to be ever a Catholic stronghold.[4]

The arms were designed in 1912 by heraldist Pierre de Chaignon la Rose.[5] The formal heraldic blazon is Per pale azure and gules, a tower triply-turretted, the central turret the tallest, argent, charged with a cross-humetty of the second.[5]


Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral


As of 2005, the Diocese covers 8,222 square miles (21,290 km2) in Williams County, Defiance County, Paulding County, Van Wert County, Fulton County, Henry County, Putnam County, Allen County, Lucas County, Wood County, Hancock County, Ottawa County, Sandusky County, Seneca County, Wyandot County, Crawford County, Erie County, Huron County, and Richland County.[4]


The Diocese contains about 322,523 Catholics in an area population of 1,489,769.[4]

General information


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo currently has 124 parishes.



  • 216 Total Priests
  • 8 Religious brothers
  • 500 Women religious (sisters)
  • 199 Permanent Deacons

For more information on vocations, visit


  • 65 Elementary schools serving 12,636, including pre-schools 1,727
  • 14 Catholic high schools serving 5,485 students both in and outside Metro-Toledo
  • 2 Colleges/Universities

Total number of students under Catholic instruction within the diocese 47,541.

The Toledo Diocese has the 26th largest Catholic school population in the country!

For more information on Toledo Diocesesan schools, visit


  • 3,006 Infant and Child Baptisms
  • 357 Adult Baptisms
  • 3,462 First Communions
  • 3,287 Confirmations
  • 1,117 Marriages

Catholic Charities

Ministries/Services Food Helping Hands of St. Louis H.O.P.E. Pantry Housing Shelters La Posada Miriam House Housing Services Homelessness Prevention Supportive Housing Life & Home Management Workshops Community Emergency Services Family Support Adoption Services Pregnancy Support Respect Life Ministry Abortion Healing/Support Bereavement Ministry Elder Guardianship Services Rural Life Ministry Jail & Prison Ministry Catholic Club – Daycare Elder Ministry Community Services Campaign for Human Development Disaster Response

For more information, visit


Elementary schools


High schools



  • Alter Elementary, Rossford, Ohio (now All Saints)
  • Immaculate Conception, Toledo (combined with Sts. Peter & Paul to form Queen of Peace)
  • McAuley High School, Toledo
  • Queen of Peace, Toledo (combined with St. James to form Queen of Apostles)
  • Pope John Paul II, Toledo (closed, 2008)
  • St. Agnes, Toledo (closed, 2005)
  • St. Adalbert, Toledo (combined with St. Hedwig to form Pope John Paul II in 2005)
  • St. Charles, Toledo (closed, 2008)
  • St. Hedwig, Toledo (combined with St. Adalbert to form Pope John Paul II in 2005)
  • St. Hyacinth, Toledo (closed, 2005)
  • St. James, Toledo (combined with Queen of Peace to form Queen of Apostles)
  • St. Jude, Toledo (closed, 2002)
  • St. Martin de Porres, Toledo (closed, 2002)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul, Toledo (combined with Immaculate Conception to form Queen of Peace)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, Toledo (closed, 2002)
  • Holy Angels, Sandusky (combined with Sandusky Central Catholic Schools)
  • Sts Peter and Paul, Sandusky (combined with Sandusky Central Catholic Schools)
  • St Mary, Sandusky (combined with Sandusky Central Catholic Schools)
  • Franciscan Academy, Sylvania (closed, 2014)

Catholic radio within the Diocese

Catholic Radio began broadcasting in the Diocese in the summer or 2010 beginning with WJTA followed by WNOC.

Several local stations owned by separate entities. These include:

(plus three sister stations):

Other stations in the diocese include:

  • WJTA 88.9 FM licensed to Glandorf and based in Leipsic serving Putnam and surrounding counties as "Holy Family Radio" which also serves the Findlay and northern portions of the Lima areas.
  • WRRO 89.9 FM licensed to Edon and based in Bryan as a near-simulcast of WRDF based in Fort Wayne (see below).
  • WSJG-LP 103.3 FM in Tiffin, Ohio as "St. John Paul The Great Radio.' (currently under construction)

Other stations reaching into portions of the Diocese

  • WRDF 106.3 FM licensed in Columbia City, Indiana with its studio in Fort Wayne as "Reedeemer Radio" which can be heard in some areas near the Ohio/Indiana state line....since 2005. Reedeemer Radio also has an online audiostream.
  • WHJM 88.7 FM licensed in Anna,transmitting from Botkins as "Radio Maria" (based at KJMJ in Alexandria, Louisiana) which serves the southernmost portions of the Diocese,particularly the southern portion of the Lima area....since 2006. Radio Maria also streams on the internet.
  • WVSG 820 AM in Columbus as "St.Gabriel Radio" (the former WOSU (AM)) which reaches into portions of the Diocese during daylight hours. St. Gabriel Radio also has an online audiostream.


  1. ^ "Diocese of Toledo". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Toledo". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Catholic Diocese of Toledo – About Our Diocese
  5. ^ a b "Some Recent Episcopal Arms". The American Ecclesiastical Review (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press) 46 (1): 89–95. January 1912. 

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo Home Page

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