Diocese of Cleveland , Ohio

Established April 23, 1847

Louis Rappe became the first bishop of Cleveland when the northern half of Ohio was separated from the Diocese of Cincinnati at the request of Bp. John Purcell.

Photograph: Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, in winter, from the air, 12/1937. Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration (public domain)


Diocese of Cleveland * Catholic Encyclopedia *


M. Hynes, History of the Diocese of Cleveland; origin and growth, 1847-1952

C. Kaczinski, People of Faith: Parishes & Religious Communities of the Diocese of Cleveland