Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis

The Archdiocese of St. Louis (Latin: Sancti Ludovici Archidioecesis ) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese, which spans the city of Saint Louis as well as the counties of the State of Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, Saint Charles, Saint Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Warren and Washington.

The cathedral church of the archdiocese is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The first cathedral and current parent church is the Basilica of St. Louis.


The first bishop in the area was Louis William Valentine DuBourg, who was appointed on 24 September 1815 by Pope Pius VII. Bishop of Louisiana and of West and East Florida. DuBourg tried to build up his bishopric in St. Louis. After his abdication and relocation in the diocese of Montauban, France, Pope Leo XII. on July 18, 1826 St. Louis to the diocese. The diocese included the state of Missouri, the western half of Illinois, and all U.S. territories west of the Mississippi and north of the State of Louisiana. It was the largest diocese in the United States and was equal as all other nine dioceses.

First bishop of St. Louis was the Italians Joseph Rosati, the above led the spread of the presence of the Roman Catholic Church in this area. He built the first cathedral, which is now the Basilica of St. Louis. On July 28, 1837 Areas Iowa and Minnesota and the Dakotas were separated from the diocese and created as new dioceses and Dubuque Iowa. Pope Pius IX. raised the diocese on July 20, 1847 Archdiocese. Since many dioceses of the Archdiocese of St. Louis emerged and a very strong Catholic imprinting marks the archdiocese, it was often referred to as " the Rome of the West." This is especially evident in the veneration of saints. Main patron of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis IX is. of France and as a side cartridge include the St. Vincent de Paul and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.

In January 1999, Pope John Paul II for two days the archdiocese and was the first Pope to visit the Archdiocese and the city. Even as Archbishop of Krakow, he had 30 years earlier paid a visit to the archbishopric.

Bishop of Saint Louis

  • Joseph Rosati CM (1827-1840)

Archbishops of Saint Louis