Our Diocese

The Diocese of Sacramento formed officially in May 1886, transitioning the See from the Diocese of Grass Valley to the capital city of Sacramento. Grass Valley had served the vast Northern California regions since 1868. Prior to that, the Vatican first identified Marysville as the location for a vicariate apostolic – an interim ecclesiastical jurisdiction for the Northern California church, which had formerly been a part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The Diocese of Sacramento is one of 12 dioceses in California and is in the province of San Francisco. Our community encompasses 102 parishes, 42 missions, three Newman Centers, 36 elementary schools and six high schools. The total population of this area is more than 3.6 million people and the total Catholic population is more than 1 million people.

DIOCESAN STATISTICS AND COUNTIES MAP

The Diocese of Sacramento, comprised of 20 counties, spans the northern and eastern regions of California and includes 42,597 square miles.  

Facts & Figures

  • Total diocesan priests - 168
  • Active diocesan priests in parishes - 95
  • Other diocesan priests — Retired, sick or absent - 64
  • Permanent deacons in the diocese - 148
  • Brothers - 22 
  • Sisters - 134 
  • Seminarians - 26 
  • Parishes - 102 
    • Resident diocesan priests - 81 
    • Resident religious priests - 16  
  • Other Catholic churches - 5 
  • Missions - 42 
  • Newman Catholic Communities - 3 
  • Catholic high schools - 6 
  • Catholic elementary schools - 36
  • Total Catholic school students - 12,911 
  • Total students in religious instruction/CFF - 23,561
  • Total students under Catholic instruction - 36,498
  • Catholic Hospitals - 6 
  • Homes for the Aged - 1  
  • Special centers for social services - 13 

Selected 2016 data of The Official Catholic Directory