Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Baltimore (Latin: Archidioecesis Baltimorensis) is the premier (or first) see of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The archdiocese comprises the City of Baltimore and 9 of Maryland's 23 counties in the central and western portions of the state: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, and Washington. The archdiocese is the metropolitan see of the larger regional Ecclesiastical Province of Baltimore. The Archdiocese of Washington was originally part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archidioecesis Baltimorensis
Coat of arms
Country United States
TerritoryThe City of Baltimore and nine counties across central and western Maryland
Ecclesiastical provinceBaltimore
Area4,801 km2 (1,854 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
509,491 (15.8%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedNovember 6, 1789 (230 years)
CathedralCathedral of Mary Our Queen
Co-cathedralBasilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
St. Ignatius of Loyola[1]
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopWilliam E. Lori
Auxiliary BishopsAdam J. Parker
Bishops emeritusDenis J. Madden

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is the oldest diocese in the United States whose see city was entirely within the nation's boundaries when the United States declared its independence in 1776. The Holy See granted the Archbishop of Baltimore the right of precedence in the nation at liturgies, meetings, and Plenary Councils on August 15, 1859.[2] Although the Archdiocese of Baltimore does not enjoy "primatial" status, it is the premier episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States of America, as "prerogative of place".

Within the archdiocese are 518,000 Catholics, 145 parishes, 545 priests (244 diocesan priests, 196 priests resident in diocese), 159 permanent deacons, 55 brothers, 803 sisters, 205 lay extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, five hospitals, 28 aged homes, 7 diocesan/parish high schools, 13 private high schools, and 4 Catholic colleges/universities.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has two major seminaries: St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg.[3][4]

This archdiocese was featured in the Netflix documentary The Keepers exposing the sexual abuse history at Archbishop Keough High School and the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik in 1969. It was revealed in late 2016 that the Archdiocese of Baltimore had paid off numerous settlements since 2011 for abuse victims.[5]


Before and during the American Revolutionary War, the Catholics in Great Britain's thirteen colonies in America (and also its colonies in Canada) were under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of the London District, in England. After the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ended the war, Maryland clergy delivered a petition to the Holy See, on November 6, 1783, for permission for the missionaries in the United States to nominate a superior who would have some of the powers of a bishop. In response, Pope Pius VI on June 6, 1784, confirmed Father John Carroll, who had been selected by his brother priests, as Superior of the Missions in the newly independent thirteen United States of North America, with power to give the sacrament of confirmation. This act established a hierarchy in the United States and removed the Catholic Church in the U.S. from the authority of the Vicar Apostolic of the London District.

The Holy See then established the Apostolic Prefecture of the United States on November 26, 1784. Because Maryland was one of the few regions of the colonial United States with a substantial Roman Catholic population, the apostolic prefecture was elevated to become the Diocese of Baltimore—the first diocese in the United States—on November 6, 1789.[6] In 1790, Father Carroll traveled to England where he was ordained and consecrated as a bishop in Lulworth Castle in Dorset, by Bishop Charles Walmesley, O.S.B. The first American-born Catholic priest, William Matthews, was ordained by Carroll at St. Peter's Pro-Cathedral in the Diocese of Baltimore in 1800.[7]

On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII erected the suffragan dioceses of Boston,[8] New York,[9] Philadelphia,[10] and Bardstown in Bardstown, Kentucky, which moved in 1841 to the larger city of Louisville,[11] from the territory of the Diocese of Baltimore and simultaneously raised it to the rank of metropolitan archdiocese, thereby making it the "Archdiocese of Baltimore". The newly established "Province of Baltimore"—whose metropolitan was the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore—comprised all of the states and territories of the nation.

The archdiocese again lost territory in following decades with the creation of the Diocese of Richmond (Virginia) on July 11, 1820;[12] and the Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware) on March 3, 1868.[13] In between, a part of the District of Columbia had been retroceded to Virginia in 1846, so in 1850 that new piece of Virginia was transferred to the Diocese of Richmond.

On July 22, 1939, the City of Washington was erected as a separate archdiocese.[14] The archbishop of Baltimore, Michael J. Curley, was simultaneously named the first archbishop of the new Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) and continued to administer the two archdioceses as a single unit in persona episcopi.[15] The see was temporarily renamed the Archdiocese of Baltimore-Washington, in recognition of the nation's capital. Eight years later, on November 15, 1947, Patrick A. O'Boyle was appointed the second archbishop and first residential archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington,[14][15] which consequently began to function as a separate diocese. Therefore, the territory of the "new" archdiocese consisting of the District of Columbia and the two Washington suburban and three southern counties of Maryland were permanently separated from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which was thus reduced to its current extent[16] and resumed its previous name.

From 1808 until 1847, Baltimore was the only archdiocese in the United States and therefore the entire country was one ecclesiastical province.[6] As the nation's population grew and waves of Catholic immigrants arrived, the Holy See continued to erect new dioceses and elevate certain others to the status of metropolitan archdioceses, which simultaneously became metropolitan sees of new ecclesiastical provinces. Thus, the Province of Baltimore gradually became smaller and smaller. In 1846, the Diocese of Oregon City, now Portland, Oregon was raised to an archdiocese. Following in 1847, the then Diocese of Saint Louis was elevated to an archdiocese and metropolitan see of the new Province of Saint Louis. Also in 1850, the Diocese of New York was raised to an archdiocese. In 1875, the dioceses of Boston and Philadelphia were likewise elevated.

The archdiocese began to publish its diocesan newspaper, The Baltimore Catholic Review since 1913 as the successor to the earlier diocesan publication The Catholic Mirror, published 1833 to 1908. The name has since been shortened to The Catholic Review. In 2012, it changed from weekly to biweekly issues and in December 2015, it transformed again to a monthly magazine.[17]

Plenary Councils of Baltimore

The Plenary Councils of Baltimore were three national meetings of Catholic bishops in the United States in 1852, 1866 and 1884 in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • First Plenary Council of Baltimore (1852): among the decrees were one that required immigrant priests to provide a letter of reference from their previous bishops, and a requirement that marriage banns be published.
  • Second Plenary Council of Baltimore (1866): promulgated the custom of the Churching of women,the blessing of women after giving birth, focusing on blessing and thanksgiving; and set the age for first communion at ten years of age, as well as, handling other ecclesiastical matters.
  • Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884): was presided over by Archbishop of Baltimore James Gibbons as Apostolic Delegate. It set six Holy Days of Obligation, and appointed a commission to draft a catechism, and addressed other subjects.

Sexual abuse cases

In 2016 the Archdiocese of Baltimore confirmed that settlements had been paid to past students of Seton Keough High School who were sexual abused by Father A. Joseph Maskell, a priest at the school in the 1960s and '70s.[18][19] In January 1970, a popular English and drama teacher at Archbishop Keough, Sister Cathy Cesnik, was found murdered in the outskirts of the city of Baltimore. Her murder was never solved and is the topic of a true crime documentary The Keepers that was released on Netflix on May 19, 2017.[20] Maskell, who died in 2001,[21] was long fingered as a lead suspect in her murder.[22] Though never being formally charged, the Archdiocese of Baltimore had settled with 16 of Maskell's possible victims for a total of $472,000 by 2017.[23]

A report released by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on August 14, 2018 signaled out Bishop and future Cardinal William Keeler for transferring abusive Pennsylvania priest Father Arthur Long from the Diocese of Harrisburg to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.[24] On August 15, 2018, one day after the Pennsylvania report was published, the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced that a pre K-8 Catholic school scheduled to be opened in 2018 and was to be named for Keeler would no longer bear his name.[25] Despite a denial from Long's religious order and the Archdiocese of Baltimore that Long abused children while serving the Archdiocese of Baltimore,[26] a leaked church memo written in 1995, the year Long was removed from ministry, revealed that accusations of "inappropriate behavior" had surfaced against Long in 1991 and 1992 during his time in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the Pennsylvania report noted that Keeler was notified of accusations of Long sexually abusing children when he was serving as Bishop of Harrisburg in 1987.[24] Long died in 2004.[26]

In March 2019, Archbishop Lori banned accused former Archdiocese of Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Gordon Bennett from practicing any form of ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the suffragan Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston.[27][28][29] In April 2019, the Archdiocese of Baltimore added the names of 23 deceased clergy to a list of accused clergy which the Archdiocese published in 2002.[30][31] Long, a Jesuit, was among those added to the list.[30][31]


"Prerogative of Place"

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is led by the Archbishop of Baltimore and a corps of auxiliary bishops who assist in the administration of the archdiocese as part of a larger curia. Sixteen men have served as Archbishop of Baltimore; the current archbishop is William E. Lori.[32]

In 1858, the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Propaganda Fide), with the approval of Pope Pius IX, conferred "Prerogative of Place" on the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This decree gives the archbishop of Baltimore precedence over all other archbishops of the United States (but not cardinals) in councils, gatherings, and meetings of whatever kind of the hierarchy (in conciliis, coetibus et comitiis quibuscumque), regardless of the seniority of other archbishops in promotion or ordination.[6]


The archbishop is concurrently the pastor of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland in north Baltimore and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (old Baltimore Cathedral). The older cathedral is located on Cathedral Hill above downtown, near the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood. Both are called co-cathedrals. The Archbishop appoints a rector for each of the co-cathedrals. The Basilica, built in 1806–1821, is the first cathedral constructed in the United States (within its boundaries at the time). It is considered the mother church of the United States. During the time from the first bishop John Carroll's installation in 1790 to the dedication of the old Baltimore Cathedral in 1821, the bishop's throne ("cathedra") was at St. Peter's Church (first parish in the diocese, founded 1770). It was located two blocks south on the northwestern corner of North Charles Street and West Saratoga Streets, serving as the pro-cathedral with its attached rectory, school and surrounding cemetery. Old St. Peter's was across the street from the "Mother Church of the Anglican Church" in Baltimore, Old St. Paul's Church (Anglican/Episcopal) with four successive buildings at the site beginning in 1730 at the southeast corner of Charles and Saratoga, in downtown, overlooking the harbor. St. Peter's Roman Catholic parish was razed in 1841.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is one of only five United States dioceses that have two churches serving as cathedrals in the same city, the others being the Diocese of Honolulu; the Diocese of Burlington; the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.[33] Other dioceses with two cathedrals have them in separate cities.[34]


Archbishops of Baltimore

The list of archbishops and their terms of service:

  1. John Carroll, S.J. (1784–1815)
  2. Leonard Neale, S.J. (1815–1817)
  3. Ambrose Maréchal, P.S.S. (1817–1828)
  4. James Whitfield (1828–1834)
  5. Samuel Eccleston, P.S.S. (1834–1851)
  6. Francis Patrick Kenrick (1851–1863)
  7. Martin John Spalding (1864–1872)
  8. James Roosevelt Bayley (1872–1877)
  9. Cardinal James Gibbons (1877–1921)
  10. Michael Joseph Curley (1921–1947)
  11. Francis Patrick Keough (1947–1961)
  12. Cardinal Lawrence Shehan (1961–1974)
  13. William Donald Borders (1974–1989)
  14. Cardinal William Henry Keeler (1989–2007)
  15. Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien (2007–2011), appointed Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
  16. William Edward Lori (2012–present)

Coadjutor bishops

Auxiliary Bishops

  1. Alfred Allen Paul Curtis (1897–1908), previously appointed Bishop of Wilmington
  2. Owen Patrick Bernard Corrigan (1908–1929)
  3. Thomas Joseph Shahan (1914–1932)
  4. John Michael McNamara (1927–1947), appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
  5. Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1945–1953), appointed Bishop of Bridgeport (later returned here as Coadjutor Archbishop and Archbishop); future Cardinal
  6. Jerome Aloysius Daugherty Sebastian (1953–1960)
  7. Thomas Austin Murphy (1962–1984)
  8. Thomas Joseph Mardaga (1966–1968), appointed Bishop of Wilmington
  9. Francis Joseph Gossman (1968–1975), appointed Bishop of Raleigh
  10. Philip Francis Murphy (1976–1999)
  11. James Francis Stafford (1976–1982), appointed Bishop of Memphis and later Archbishop of Denver, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary (elevated to Cardinal in 1998)
  12. William Clifford Newman (1984–2003)
  13. John Ricard, S.S.J. (1984–1997), appointed Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee
  14. Gordon Dunlap Bennett, S.J. (1997–2004), appointed Bishop of Mandeville
  15. William Francis Malooly (2000–2008), appointed Bishop of Wilmington
  16. Mitchell T. Rozanski (2004–2014), appointed Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts
  17. Denis J. Madden (2005–2016)
  18. Mark E. Brennan (2017–2019), appointed Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston
  19. Adam J. Parker (2017–present)

Other Affiliated Bishops

The following men began their service as priests in Baltimore before being appointed bishops elsewhere:


Operating parishes

NameStreet Address Town ZIP CodeFounded
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption

of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore

408 N. Charles St. Baltimore 212011821[35]
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Homeland5200 N. Charles St. Baltimore 212101959[36]
St. Agnes, Catonsville5422 Old Frederick Rd. Baltimore 212291852[37]
The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Baltimore114 W. Saratoga St. Baltimore 212011845[38]
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, Woodstock10800 Old Court Rd. Woodstock 211631869[39]
St. Ambrose, Park Heights4502 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore 212151907[37]
St. Andrew by the Bay, Annapolis701 College Pkwy. Annapolis 214091981[37]
St. Ann, Baltimore2201 Greenmount Ave. Baltimore 212181873[37]
St. Ann, Hagerstown1525 Oak Hill Ave. Hagerstown 217421966[37]
Church of the Annunciation, Rosedale5212 McCormick Ave. Baltimore 212061968[37]
St. Anthony of Padua, Baltimore
  • Most Precious Blood
4414 Frankford Ave.
  • 5010 Bowley Ln.
Baltimore 21206
St. Anthony Shrine, Emmitsburg16150 St. Anthony Rd. Emmitsburg 217271805[37]
St. Athanasius, Curtis Bay4708 Prudence St. Baltimore 212261891[37]
St. Augustine, Williamsport32 E. Potomac St. Williamsport 217951854[37]
St. Bartholomew, Manchester2930 Hanover Pike, Box 448 Manchester 211021864[37]
St. Benedict, Baltimore2612 Wilkens Ave. Baltimore 212231893[37]
St. Bernadette, Severn801 Stevenson Rd. Severn 211441972[37]
St. Bernardine, Baltimore3800 Edmondson Ave. Baltimore 212291928[37]
Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Baltimore4111 Old York Rd. Baltimore 212181911[37]
St. Casimir, Canton2800 O'Donnell St. Baltimore 212241902[37]
Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine
  • Church of the Ascension
  • St. Augustine
  • 4603 Poplar Ave.
  • 5976 Old Washington Rd.

  • 21227
  • 21075
Catholic Community of South Baltimore
  • Holy Cross
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • St Mary, Star of the Sea
  • 108 E. West St.
  • 1532 E. Fort Ave.
  • 1400 Riverside Ave.
Baltimore 212302018[37]
St. Cecilia, Baltimore3301 Windsor Ave. Baltimore 212161902[37]
St. Charles Borromeo, Pikesville101 Church Ln. Pikesville 212081848[37]
Christ the King Catholic Church, Glen Burnie
  • Christ the King Catholic Church
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Church of the Crucifixion
126 Dorsey Road
  • 7426 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
  • 1451 Furnace Ave.
  • 100 Scott Ave.
Glen Burnie 21061
  • 21061
  • 21060
  • 21060|
St. Clare, Essex714 Myrth Ave. Baltimore 212211956[37]
St. Clement I, Lansdowne2700 Washington Ave. Baltimore 212271891[37]
St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, Rosedale1212 Chesaco Ave. Baltimore 212371925[37]
Corpus Christi, Bolton Hill110 W. Lafayette Ave. Baltimore 212171880[37]
Divine Mercy Parish
  • The Church of St. Ann, Grantsville
  • The Church of St. Gabriel, Barton
  • The Church of St. Joseph, Midland
  • The Church of St. Michael, Frostburg
  • The Church of St. Peter, Westernport
44 E. Main St.
  • 12814 New Germany Rd.
  • 19110 Eutaw St.
  • 19925 Church St.
  • 44 E. Main St.
  • 127 Church St.
  • Grantsville
  • Barton
  • Midland
  • Frostburg
  • Westernport
  • 21536
  • 21521
  • 21532
  • 21532
  • 21562
St. Dominic, Hamilton5310 Harford Rd. Baltimore 212141906[37]
St. Edward, Baltimore901 Poplar Grove St. Baltimore 212161880[37]
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton1800 Seton Dr. Crofton 211141976[37]
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Highlandtown2700 E. Baltimore St. Baltimore 212241895[42]
St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon1450 Abingdon Rd. Abingdon 210091964[37]
St. Francis of Assisi, Baltimore3615 Harford Rd. Baltimore 212181927[37]
St. Francis of Assisi, Fulton8300 Old Columbia Rd. Fulton 207591988[37]
St. Francis of Assisi-St. Mary, Petersville4231 Catholic Church Rd. Petersville 217581826[37]
St. Francis Xavier, Baltimore1501 E. Oliver St. Baltimore 212131793[37]
Catholic Community of St. Xavier, Hunt Valley13717 Cuba Rd., P.O. Box 407 Hunt Valley 210301992[37]
St. Gabriel, Woodlawn6950 Dogwood Rd. Windsor Mill 212441997[37]
St. Gregory the Great, Baltimore1542 N. Gilmor St. Baltimore 212171884[37]
Holy Family, Davidsonville826 W. Central Ave., P.O. Box 130 Davidsonville 210351929[37]
Holy Family (Randallstown)9531 Liberty Rd. Randallstown 211331876[43]
Holy Family Catholic Community, Middletown7321 Burkittsville Rd. Middletown 217691989[37]
Holy Korean Martyrs, Woodlawn5801 Security Blvd. Baltimore 212071989[37]
Holy Rosary, Fells Point (Polish)408 S. Chester St. Baltimore 212311887[37]
Church of the Holy Spirit, Joppa540 Joppa Farm Rd. Joppa 210851963[37]
St. Ignatius, Baltimore740 N. Calvert St. Baltimore 212021856[37]
St. Ignatius, Hickory533 E. Jarrettsville Rd. Forest Hill 210501792[37]
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Ijamsville4103 Prices Distillery Rd. Ijamsville 217541983[37]
Immaculate Conception, Baltimore1512 Druid Hill Ave. Baltimore 212171850[37]
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Towson200 Ware Ave. Towson 212041883[37]
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Baynesville8501 Loch Raven Blvd. Baltimore 212861948[37]
St. Isaac Jogues, Carney9215 Old Harford Rd. Baltimore 212341968[37]
St. James, Boonsboro121 N. Main St. Boonsboro 217132008[37]
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Pasadena8499 Virginia Ave. Pasadena 211221946[37]
St. Joan of Arc, Aberdeen257 S. Law St. Aberdeen 210011920[37]
St. John (Westminster)43 Monroe St. Westminster 211571853[37]
St. John Neumann Mission Church Annapolis620 N. Bestgate Rd. Annapolis 214012000[37]
St. John the Evangelist, Columbia
  • Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

10431 Twin Rivers Rd.

  • Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

5885 Robert Oliver Pl.

  • 21044
  • 21045
St. John the Evangelist, Frederick112 E. Second St. Frederick 21701 1763[37]
St. John the Evangelist, Long Green Valley13305 Long Green Pike Hydes 21082 1822[37]
St. John the Evangelist, Severna Park689 Richie Hwy. Severna Park 21146 1927[37]
St. Joseph, Cockeysville101 Church Ln. Cockeysville 21030 1852[37]
St. Joseph, Emmitsburg100 N. Seton Ave., P.O. Box 376 Emmitsburg 21727 1793[37]
St. Joseph, Fullerton8420 Belair Rd. Baltimore 21236 1860[37]
St. Joseph, Hagerstown17630 Virginia Ave. Hagerstown 21740 1951[37]
St. Joseph, Odenton1283 Odenton Rd. Odenton 21113 1924[37]
St. Joseph, Sykesville915 Liberty Rd. Sykesville 21784 1868[37]
St. Joseph, Taneyown44 Frederick St. Taneytown 21787 1797[37]
St. Joseph-On-Carrollton Manor, Buckeystown5843 Manor Woods Rd. Frederick 21703 1811[37]
St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery, Irvington3801 Old Frederick Rd. Baltimore 21229 1868[37]
St. Katharine Drexel, Frederick8428 Opossumtown Pike Frederick 21702 2000[37]
St. Lawrence Martyr, Hanover7850 Parkside Blvd. Hanover 21076 1866[37]
St. Leo the Great, Little Italy227 S. Exeter St. Baltimore 21202 1881[37]
Shrine of the Little Flower 3500 Belair Road Baltimore 21213 1926[37]
St. Louis, Clarksville12500 Clarksville Pike Clarksville 21029 1855[37]
St. Luke, Edgemere7517 North Point Rd. Edgemere 21219 1888[37]
St. Margaret, Bel Air141 N. Hickory Ave. Bel Air 210141905[37]
St. Mark, Catonsville30 Melvin Ave. Catonsville 21228 1888[37]
St. Mark, Fallston2407 Laurel Brook Rd. Fallston 21047 1968[37]
St. Mary's, Annapolis109 Duke of Gloucester St. Annapolis 21401 1853[37]
St. Mary, Hagerstown224 W. Washington St. Hagerstown 21740 1790[37]
St, Mary, Pylesville1021 St. Mary's Rd. Pylesville 21132 1855[37]
St. Mary Magdalen1716 Churchville Rd. Bel Air 21015 1997[37]
St. Mary of the Assumption, Govans5502 York Rd. Baltimore 21212 1849[37]
St. Matthew, Northwood5410 Loch Raven Blvd. Baltimore 21239 1949[37]
St. Michael, Poplar Springs1125 St. Michael's Rd. Mount Airy 217711879[37]
St. Michael the Archangel, Overlea10 Willow Ave. Overlea 21206 1914[37]
Church of the Nativity, Timonium20 E. Ridgely Rd. Timonium 21093 1968[37]
New All Saints, Liberty Heights4408 Liberty Heights Ave. Baltimore 21207 1912[37]
Our Lady of Fatima, Baltimore6400 E. Pratt St. Baltimore 21224 1951[37]
Our Lady of Grace, Parkton18310 Middletown Rd. Parkton 21120 1974[37]
Our Lady of Hope, Dundalk7945 N. Boundary Rd. Dundalk 21222 1967[37]
Our Lady of La Vang, Dundalk335 Sollers Point Rd. Dundalk 21222 2000[37]
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle River1704 Old Eastern Ave. Baltimore 21221 1887[37]
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thurmont103 N. Church St. Thurmont 21788 1856[37]
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Edgewater515 Loch Raven Rd. Edgewater 21037 1976[37]
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ellicott City4795 Ilchester Rd. Ellicott City 21043 1893[44]
Our Lady of Pompeii, Highlandtown3600 Claremont St. Baltimore 21224 1924[37]
Our Lady of Sorrows, West River101 Owensville Rd. West River 20778 1866[37]
Our Lady of the Angels, Catonsville711 Maiden Choice Ln. Catonsville 21228 1993[37]
Our Lady of the Chesapeake, Lake Shore8325 Ventnor Rd. Pasadena 21122 1980[37]
Our Lady of the Fields, Millersville1070 Cecil Ave., South Millersville 21108 1965[37]
Our Lady of the Mountains, Cumberland
  • The Church of St. Patrick, Cumberland
  • The Church of St. Mary, Cumberland
  • Shrine of Ss. Peter and Paul, Cumberland
300 E. Oldtown Rd. Ste. 2
  • 201 N. Centre St.
  • 300 E. Oldtown Rd.
  • 125 Fayette St.
Cumberland 21502 2011[37]
Our Lady of Victory, Arbutus4414 Wilkens Ave. Baltimore 21229 1952[37]
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Middle River10003 Bird River Rd. Baltimore 21220 1953[37]
St. Patrick, Fells PointBank Street and Broadway Baltimore 21231 1792[37]
St. Patrick, Havre de Grace615 Congress Ave. Havre de Grace 21078 1847[37]
St. Patrick, Little Orleans12517 St. Patrick Rd. Little Orleans 21766 1860[37]
St. Paul, Ellicott City3755 St. Paul St. Ellicott City 21043 1838[45]
St. Peter Claver, Baltimore1546 N. Fremont Ave. Baltimore 21217 1888[37]
St. Peter the Apostle, Libertytown9190 Church St. Union Bridge 21791 1821[37]
St. Peter the Apostle, Oakland
  • St. Peter at Lake Center
208 S. Fourth St.
  • 1140 Mosser Rd.
  • McHenry
  • 21541
Ss. Philp and James, Baltimore2801 N. Charles St. Baltimore 21218 1897[37]
St. Philip Neri, Linthicum Heights6505 S. Orchard Rd. Linthicum Heights 21090 1964[37]
St. Pius V, Baltimore1546 Fremont Ave. Baltimore 21217 1931[37]
St. Pius X, Rodgers Forge6428 York Road Baltimore 21212 1958[37]
Prince of Peace, Edgewood2600 Willoughby Rd. Edgewood 21040 1977[37]
Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City3175 Paulskirk Dr. Ellicott City 21042 1974[46]
Resurrection of Our Lord, Laurel8402 Brock Bridge Rd. Laurel 20724 1968[37]
St. Rita, DundalkDunmanway and Dunglow Rd. Baltimore 21222 1922[37]
St. Rose of Lima, Brookyln3803 4th St. Baltimore 21255 1914[37]
Sacred Heart, Glyndon65 Sacred Heart Ln., P.O. Box 3672 Glyndon 21071 1873[37]
Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Mount Washington5800 Smith Ave. Baltimore 21209 1867[37]
Sacred Heart of Mary, Graceland Park6736 Youngstown Ave. Baltimore 21222 1925[37]
Sacred Heart of Jesus

- Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Highlandtown

600 S. Conkling St. Baltimore 21224 1867[37]
St. Stephen, Bradshaw8030 Bradshaw Rd. Kingsville 21087 1863[37]
St. Thomas Aquinas, Hampden1008 W. 37th St. Baltimore 21211 1867[37]
St. Thomas More, Baltimore6806 McClean Blvd. Baltimore 21234 1961[37]
St. Timothy, Walkersville8651 Biggs Ford Rd. Walkersville 21793 1980[37]
Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore775 W. Hamburg Baltimore 21230 2004[37]
St. Ursula, Parkville8801 Harford Rd. Baltimore 21234 1937[37]
St. Veronica, Cherry Hill806 Cherry Hill Rd. Baltimore 21225 1945[37]
St. Vincent De Paul, Baltimore120 Front St. Baltimore 21202 1840[37]
St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore2111 Ashland Ave. Baltimore 21205 1872[37]
St. William of York, Ten Hills600 Cooks Ln. Baltimore 21229 1914[47]

Closed parishes

Name AddressCityFoundedClosedSuccessor
St Adalbert, Wagner Point Baltimore 1907 1967[37] St. Athanasius Church, Curtis Bay
St. Adrian, Inverness Baltimore 1948 1967[37] Our Lady of Hope, Dundalk
St. Andrew, Baltimore Washington and Monument streets Baltimore 1879 1974[37] St. Francis Xavier, Baltimore
St. Ambrose, Cresaptown 14923 Winchester Rd. Cumberland 1886[37] 2019[48] Our Lady of the Mountains, Cumberland
St. Barnabas Biddle and Argyle avenues Baltimore 1907 1931[37] St. Pius V, Baltimore
St. Bernard Korean National Parish Gorsuch Avenue and Independence Street Baltimore 1891 1997[37] Holy Korean Martyrs, Woodlawn
St. Brigid, Canton Ellwood Avenue and Hudson Street Baltimore 1854 2019[49] St. Casimir, Canton
Christ the King, Dundalk 335 Sollers Point Rd. Dundalk 1956 2003[37] St. Rita, Dundalk
Fourteen Holy Martyrs Mount and Lombard streets Baltimore 1870 1964[37] Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore
St. Francis of Assisi, Brunswick 115 First Ave. Brunswick 1893 2017[37] St. Francis of Assisi-St. Mary's Petersville
St. Gerard's Chapel, Highlandtown Charlotte and Cardiff avenues Baltimore 1944 2002[37] Sacred Heart of Jesus

- Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Highlandtown

Church of the Holy Apostles, Gambrills 2601 Symphony Ln. Gambrills 2004 2014[37] St. Joseph, Odenton
Holy Redeemer Chapel, Highlandtown 800 S. Oldham St. Baltimore 1944 2002[37] Sacred Heart of Jesus

- Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Highlandtown

St. James the Less Church, Baltimore Eager and Asquith streets Baltimore 1834 1986[37] St. Francis Xavier, Baltimore
St, Jerome, Baltimore Scott and Hamburg streets Baltimore 1887 2004[37] Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore
St. John German Church Saratoga Street and Park Avenue Baltimore 1799 1841[37] The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Baltimore
St. John the Evangelist, Baltimore Valley and Eager streets Baltimore 1853 1966[37] St. Francis Xavier, Baltimore
St. Joseph, Baltimore 199 W. Lee St. Baltimore 1838 1962[37] Catholic Community of South Baltimore
St. Katharine of Siena Preston Street and Luzerne Avenue Baltimore 1902 1986[37] St. Wenceslaus, Baltimore
St. Lawrence, Dickeyville 5801 Security Blvd. Baltimore 1912 1997[37] St. Gabriel, Baltimore
St. Martin, Baltimore Fulton Avenue and Fayette Street Baltimore 1865 2008[37] Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore
St. Michael the Archangel, Fells Point Lombard Street and Wolfe Street Baltimore 1852 2011[37] Sacred Heart of Jesus

- Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Highlandtown

St. Mildred, Gray Manor 1727 Lynch Rd. Baltimore 1948 1967[37] Our Lady of Hope,Dundalk
Our Lady of Lourdes, Baltimore Liberty Heights Avenue and Edgewood Road Baltimore 1925 1995[37] All New Saints, Baltimore
Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Woodlawn 6950 Dogwood Road Baltimore 1936 1997[37] St. Gabriel, Baltimore
Our Lady of Sorrows, Federal Hill West Hill Street Baltimore 1922 1935[37] Catholic Community of South Baltimore
St. Patrick, Mount Savage 15706 St. Patrick Church Rd. Mount Savage 1793[37] 2019[48] Our Lady of the Mountains, Cumberland
St. Paul 1501 E. Oliver St. Baltimore 1888 1968[37] St. Francis Xavier, Baltimore
St. Peter the Apostle Poppleton and Hollins streets Baltimore 1842 2008[37] Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore
St. Peter's Pro-Cathedral, Baltimore 408 N. Charles St. Baltimore 1770 1841[37] Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption

of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore

St. Stanislaus Kostka (Polish) 700 S. Ann St. Baltimore 1879 2000[37] St. Casimir, Canton


High schools

Shrines of the archdiocese

Province of Baltimore

See also


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