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About the Diocese

About the Diocese

Established August 6, 1953
Area: All of the counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham in the State of Connecticut and Fishers Island; a portion of Suffolk County in the State of New York.

Bishop

Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., ordained June 29, 1975, appointed Titular Bishop of Cebarades and Auxiliary Bishop of Portland May 9, 1995; consecrated July 27, 1995; appointed Bishop of Norwich March 11, 2003; Installed May 14, 2003. Office: The Chancery, 201 Broadway, Norwich, 06360-4480; Tel. 860-887-9294, Ext. 234. Residence: 274 Broadway, Norwich 06360.

Former Bishops

Fourth Bishop - Most Reverend Daniel A. Hart, D.D., ordained February 2, 1953,
appointed Titular Bishop of Tepelta and Auxiliary Bishop of Boston August 30, 1976;
consecrated October 18, 1976; appointed Bishop of Norwich September 12, 1995, installed November 1, 1995; retired March 11, 2003; died January 14, 2008.

Third Bishop - Most Reverend Daniel P. Reilly, D.D.; ordained May 30, 1953; appointed
June 17, 1975; consecrated August 6, 1975; transferred to See of Worcester, October 27, 1994; installed December 8, 1994; retired March 9, 2004.

Second Bishop - Most Reverend Vincent J. Hines, D.D., J.C.D., ordained May 2, 1937; 
appointed November 27, 1959; consecrated March 17, 1960; retired June 17, 1975; 
died April 23, 1990.

First Bishop - Most Reverend Bernard J. Flanagan, D.D., J.C.D., ordained December 8, 1931; consecrated November 30, 1953; installed Dec. 9, 1953; transferred to See of Worcester August 12, 1959; retired March 31, 1983; died January 28, 1998.

Statistical Summary

Priests:

 
Diocesan 96
Religious 47
From Other Dioceses 4
Total 147
Deacons 51
Brothers, Religious 26
Sisters, Religious 153
Parishes 76

Schools:

 
High School Number 6
High School Enrollment 1683
Elementary School Number 12
Elementary School Enrollment 1762
Total Catholic population 228,520
Total population 707,230

 

Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
201 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360-4328
Phone: 860-887-9294