By the numbers: The Diocese of Springfield

217,000 Catholics served by diocese, which covers 4 counties

St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski will formally take his place as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield during a special Mass being held on Tuesday afternoon. The Baltimore native is taking over leadership of the second-largest Catholic diocese in Massachusetts; composing the entire western third of the state. As is the case in the Roman Catholic Church across America, the Springfield diocese has seen big changes in recent decades due to changing demographics, the closure of several parishes and schools, and fallout from the clergy sex abuse scandal.

Here is a look at the Diocese of Springfield by the numbers:

  • 217,000 Catholics live in the diocese, which includes all of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties
  • 147 priests
  • 81 parishes
  • 9 mission churches
  • 3,400 students
  • 14 elementary schools
  • 4 high schools
  • 1 college

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