Cathedrals of California, A Virtual Pilgrimage

The Dioceses of California

A cathedral is the Mother Church of a geographical area, the church with the chair of the bishop representing episcopal leadership for a local Church. As such, each cathedral is looked to by the faithful of a particular Christian tradition within a particular area. The following are the various juridictions with cathedral churches in the state of California.

Roman Catholic Dioceses

Province of San Francisco. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is the seat of the Metropolitan of the Province of San Francisco. The suffragan dioceses of the province are the dioceses of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San José, Santa Rosa and Stockton.

  • Archdiocese of San Francisco, established 1853. Covers the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. Cathedral: St. Mary of the Assumption. Archbishop: Geoge H. Niederauer, fifth Archbishop of San Francisco.
  • Diocese of Oakland, established 1962. Covers the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. Cathedral: Christ the Light. Bishop: Allen H. Vigneron, third bishop of Oakland.
  • Diocese of Sacramento, established 1886. Covers the counties of Sacramento, Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Glenn, Butte, Sierra, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Solano and Amador. Cathedral: Blessed Sacrament. Bishop: William K. Weigand, eighth bishop of Sacramento.
  • Diocese of San José, established 1981. Covers Santa Clara County. Cathedral: St. Joseph. Bishop: Patrick J. McGrath, second bishop of San José.
  • Diocese of Santa Rosa, established 1962. Covers the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Sonoma. Cathedral: St. Eugene. Bishop: Daniel F. Walsh, fifth bishop of Santa Rosa.
  • Diocese of Stockton, established 1962. Covers the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine, and Mono. Cathedral: Annunciation. Bishop: Stephen E. Blaire, fifth bishop of Stockton.

Province of Los Angeles. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the seat of the Metropolitan Province of Los Angeles. The suffragan dioceses of the province are the dioceses of Fresno, Monterey, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego.

  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles, established 1936. Covers the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Cathedral: Our Lady of the Angels. Archbishop: Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, fourth archbishop of Los Angeles.
  • Diocese of Fresno, established 1967. Covers the counties of Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Tulare. Cathedral: St. John's. Bishop: John T. Steinbock, fourth bishop of Fresno.
  • Diocese of Monterey, established 1967. Covers the counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and San Luis Obispo. Cathedral: San Carlos Borromeo. Bishop: Richard J. Garcia, fourteenth bishop of Monterey.
  • Diocese of Orange, established 1976. Covers the County of Orange. Cathedral: Holy Family. Bishop: Tod D. Brown, third bishop of Orange.
  • Diocese of San Bernardino, established 1978. Covers the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside. Cathedral: Our Lady of the Rosary. Bishop: Gerald R. Barnes, second bishop of San Bernardino.
  • Diocese of San Diego, established 1936. Covers the counties of San Diego and Imperial. Cathedral: St. Joseph. Bishop: Robert H. Brom, fourth bishop of San Diego.

Eastern Catholic Dioceses

Eastern Catholics are of many Eastern and Oriental liturgical, theological and cultural traditions and are all in union with the Bishop of Rome. In some Eastern traditions, the eparchy is equivalent to a diocese, and the bishop is referred to as an eparch.

  • Eparchy of Our Lady of Mount Lebanon of Los Angeles (Maronite), established 1977. Covers 34 Western, Midwestern and Southern states. Cathedral: Our Lady of Mount Lebanon-St. Peter, Los Angeles. Eparch: Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, second eparch of Our Lady of Mount Lebanon of Los Angeles.
  • Eparchy of Van Nuys (Byzantine-Ruthenian), established 1981. Covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Cathedral: St. Mary, Sherman Oaks. Eparch: Gerald N. Dino, fourth eparch of Van Nuys.
  • Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego (Chaldean), established 2002. Cathedral: St. Peter, El Cajon. Eparch: Sarhad Yawsip Hermiz Jammo, first eparch of St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego.

Orthodox Dioceses

Antiochian Orthodox. The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is based in Englewood, New Jersey and is comprised of eight dioceses.

  • Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, established 1964. Covers the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Cathedral: St. Nicholas. Bishop: Joseph.

Armenian. The Armenian Church is represented by two separate worldwide jurisditions, one under the Catholicos of Etchmiadzin and the other under the Catholicos of Cilicia.

  • Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America (Etchmiadzin), established 1928. Covers the states of California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington. Cathedral to be constructed in Burbank. Primate: Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.
  • Western Prelacy Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church in America (Cilicia), established 1973. Covers the states of California, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Cathedral: Holy Cross, Montebello. Prelate: Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian.

Greek Orthodox. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is based in New York and is an Eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Archdiocese is comprised of eight metropolises.

  • Metropolis of San Francisco, established 1927. Covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Cathedral: Annunciation. Metropolitan: Gerasimos.

Orthodox Church in America. The Orthodox Church in America has 12 dioceses.

  • Diocese of the West, established 1970. Covers the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Cathedral: Holy Trinity. Bishop of San Francisco and the West: Benjamin.

Russian Orthodox. The Russian Orthodox Church in the United States has been divided between those under the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. In 2006, the two were formally reunited.

  • Western American Diocese, established 1872. Covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Western Canada and Mexico. Cathedral: Holy Transfiguration. Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America: Kyrill.
  • Moscow Patriarchate, established 1326. Parishes are located throughout the world. Cathedral in California: St. Nicholas, San Francisco. Patriarch: Alexy II.

Serbian Orthodox. The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada has five dioceses.

  • Western American Diocese, established 1963. Covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Utah. Cathedral: St. Steven's, Alhambra. Bishop: Maxim.

Syriac Orthodox. Various dioceses around the world.

  • Patriarchal Vicariate of the Western United States. Cathedral: St. Ephraim, Burbank. Bishop: Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan.

Ukrainian Orthodox. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America is based in Pittsburgh and is comprised of three eparchies.

  • Western Eparchy. Based in Chicago. Covers the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Pro-cathedral: St. Vladimir, Los Angeles. Bishop: Metropolitan Constantine.

Episcopal (Anglican) Dioceses

  • Diocese of California, established 1850. Covers the counties of an Francisco County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, San Mateo County and a few churches in northern Santa Clara County. Cathedral: Grace. Bishop: Marc Handley Andrus, eighth bishop of California.
  • Diocese of Northern California, established 1874. Covers the counties of Amador, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba. Cathedral: Trinity, Sacramento. Bishop: Barry L. Beisner.
  • Diocese of Los Angeles, Established 1895. Covers Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, and part of Riverside County. Cathedral: St. John's. Bishop: John Bruno, sixth bishop of Los Angeles.
  • Diocese of San Joaquin, established 1910. Covers the central third of the state. Due to the schism of the diocesan leaders from the Episcopal Church, it is not clear who will be the bishop of this diocese or where the cathedral will be.
  • Diocese of El Camino Real, established 1980. Covers the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. Cathedral: Trinity, San José. Bishop: Mary Gray-Reeves, third bishop of El Camino Real.
  • Diocese of San Diego, established 1973. Covers San Diego County, Imperial County and part of Riverside County as well as Yuma County. Cathedral: St. Paul. Bishop: James Robert Mathes, fourth bishop of San Diego.

Non-Episcopal Anglican Diocese

The Diocese of San Joaquin of the Province of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of South America. In 2007, the diocese voted to separate from the Episcopal Church and become one of eight Anglican dioceses of the Province of the Southern Cone (Provincia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America), along with the dioceses of Argentina, Northern Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Bishop: John-David Schofield.