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Description and Statistics

The Archdiocese of San Francisco, which originally covered all of northern California, was established on July 29, 1853. The present territory of the Archdiocese includes three counties: San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The Archdiocese encompasses an area of approximately 2,325 square miles.

The general population of the three counties is approximately 1,700,000 and the Catholic population is about 425,000 people. There are 90 parishes and 11 missions within the Archdiocese.

Catholic schools and religious education programs reach approximately 50,000 students each year. There are nearly 30,000 students attending the 63 elementary schools and 14 high schools within the Archdiocese. Another 20,000 elementary and high school students receive instruction through parish-based religious education programs.


Regional Dioceses
The Metropolitan Province of San Francisco

Diocese of Honolulu
Most Rev. Larry Silva

Diocese of Las Vegas
Most Rev. Joseph A. Pepe

Diocese of Oakland
Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron

Diocese of Reno
Most Rev. Phillip F. Straling

Diocese of Sacramento
Most Rev. William K. Weigand

Diocese of Salt Lake City
Most Rev. George Niederauer, Ph.D.

Diocese of San Jose
Most Rev. Patrick J. McGrath

Diocese of Santa Rosa
Most Rev. Daniel Francis Walsh

Diocese of Stockton
Most Rev. Stephen E. Blaire

The Other California Dioceses

Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony

Diocese of Fresno
Most Rev. John T. Steinbock

Diocese of Monterery
Most Rev. Sylvester D. Ryan

Diocese of Orange
Most Rev. Tod David Brown

Diocese of San Bernardino
Most Rev. Gerald D. Barnes

Diocese of San Diego
Most Rev. Robert H. Brom

Eastern Rite Eparchies
Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys
Most Rev. William Charles Skurla
Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles
Most Rev. John G. Chedid


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