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Diocese of Raleigh
Dioecesis Raleighiensis
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Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh

Basic information
Location Eastern North Carolina
Territory Eastern half of North Carolina
Population 180,909 Catholics
Rite Roman
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Atlanta
Established December 12, 1924
Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral
Bishop Michael Francis Burbidge
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Metropolitan Wilton Daniel Gregory
Archbishop of Atlanta
Diocesan Bishop Michael Francis Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
Emeritus bishops Francis Joseph Gossman
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The Diocese of Raleigh is a Roman Catholic diocese that covers the eastern half of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The bishop is seated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina became part joined of the newly established Diocese of Charleston in 1820. It was established as a vicariate apostolate by Pope Pius IX on March 3, 1868, under Father James Gibbons, who would later become the Cardinal-Archbishop of Baltimore.

On December 12, 1924, under Pope Pius XI, the vicariate apostolate of North Carolina became the Diocese of Raleigh, comprising the entire state except for the eight counties subject to Belmont Abbey, North Carolina. Bishop William Joseph Hafey was named its first bishop in 1925.

In 1972, the Holy See established the Diocese of Charlotte by splitting the North Carolina diocese in two.


Ordinaries of Raleigh



High schools

Elementary and Middle Schools

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