THE ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON
Today, the Archdiocese of Washington is home to more than 580,000 Catholics. The 98 Catholic schools educate nearly 30,000 children while service agencies, including Catholic Charities and Victory Housing, have made the Archdiocese one of the largest private social service providers in the region. Every year, thousands of people receive counseling, shelter, adoption and foster care assistance, health care, ...immigration and legal aid, affordable housing and more through the care of archdiocesan staff and volunteers. New immigrants find assistance at the many archdiocesan ministries serving our diverse community, including the Spanish Catholic Center.
Increasingly, adult Catholics are finding new educational and spiritual resources. Parish-based programs and classes, increased opportunities for adoration of the Eucharist, evangelization outreach and small faith communities are filling their hunger to know Christ and their faith more deeply than ever. Although diverse in nationality, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Washington share a common faith and a commitment to reflect Christ in the world through prayer, education and service.
The District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert, and Charles Counties in Maryland.
Number of Catholics: 582,448
Catholics as Percentage of Population: 22%
Number of Parishes: 140
Number of Priests: 646
Number of Schools:
Colleges and Universities: 3
Cathedral: Saint Matthew's Cathedral
Succession of (Arch)Bishops:
Archbishop Michael J. Curley (Archbishop of Baltimore and Washington) 1939-1947
Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle 1948-1973
Cardinal William Baum 1973-1980
Cardinal James Hickey 1980-2000
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick 2000-2006
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl 2006-present