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Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington

Diocese of Covington
Dioecesis Covingtonensis
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Covington
Country United States
Territory Northern Kentucky
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Louisville
Metropolitan Covington, Kentucky
Area 3,359 sq mi (8,700 km2)
- Total
- Catholics

92,456 (18%)
Parishes 47
Schools 38
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 29, 1853
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Patron saint St. Paul the Apostle
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Roger Joseph Foys
Bishop of Covington
Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington (Latin: Dioecesis Covingtonensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Northern Kentucky, covering 3,359 square miles (8,700 km2) that includes the city of Covington and the following Kentucky counties: Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Gallatin, Carroll, Grant, Owen, Pendleton, Harrison, Bracken, Robertson, Mason, Fleming, and Lewis. The current bishop is the Most Reverend Roger Joseph Foys, D.D. The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.


  • History 1
    • Sexual Abuse Scandal 1.1
    • 2003–2006 Diocese of Covington Synod 1.2
  • Bishops 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Parishes 4
  • Education System 5
    • Colleges 5.1
    • High Schools 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The diocese was founded on July 29, 1853 by S.J. The diocese originally consisted of the eastern half of Kentucky, with the then Diocese of Louisville containing the western half.

Historically, the diocese was composed primarily of descendants of German immigrants to the towns of Covington and Newport in the mid-19th century; Catholicism in both Cincinnati and Louisville also had a similar demographic. Much of the parish architecture in the diocese reflects the German cultural heritage.

In 1988, the southern portion of the diocese was incorporated into the new Diocese of Lexington.

Sexual Abuse Scandal

In 2005 the Diocese of Covington announced that it had settled with over 100 victims of sexual abuse by paying approximately $120 million.

The diocese agreed that any person who claimed to have been sexually abused by a member of the clergy or a lay employee could seek compensation no matter how long ago alleged abuse occurred. Under terms of the settlement, victims would be placed into one of four categories, depending upon the severity of their abuse. Payments would range from $5,000 to $450,000 for each victim, minus attorneys' fees.

This was the largest settlement for any Roman Catholic diocese in the United States at the time. The diocese acquired $40 million by liquidating real estate assets, including the Marydale Retreat Center in Erlanger, and other investments. The remaining $80 million was paid by its insurance carriers.[1]

Bishop Foys vowed to meet with every victim of abuse who was willing to meet saying, "Those harmed by these shameful, despicable deeds now need the institutional Church and, more importantly, the pastoral Church to provide as much comfort and peace as possible. Our hearts must remain open, like Christ’s."[2]

2003–2006 Diocese of Covington Synod

In November 2003, Bishop Roger Joseph Foys officially opened the fifth synod in the 150-year history of the Diocese of Covington. An official synod document will be promulgated on August 13, 2006 [1].

The synod will cover the topics of Liturgy and Worship, Parish and Diocesan Administration, Catholic Education, Respect for Life, the Lay Apostolate, Priestly Life and Ministry, Diaconal Life and Ministry, and Evangelization [2].

The previous synod in the Diocese of Covington was called in 1961 by Bishop Richard Ackerman to address financial record-keeping, marriage ceremony guidelines and high school tuition [3].


  1. † S.J. (1853–1868)
  2. Augustus Toebbe (1869–1884)
  3. Camillus Paul Maes (1884–1915)
  4. Ferdinand Brossart (1915–1923)
  5. Francis William Howard (1923–1944)
  6. William Theodore Mulloy (1944–1959)
  7. Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. (1960–1978)
  8. William Anthony Hughes (1979–1995)
  9. Robert William Muench (1996–2001)
  10. Roger Joseph Foys (2002—)

† = deceased


As of 2013, the diocese held 92,456 Catholics out of a population of 513,971, about 18% of the population of its territory. The diocese contains 47 parishes and 6 missions in 14 counties, the majority of which are concentrated in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties. As of 2006, there were 83 diocesan priests, 9 religious priests, 28 permanent deacons, 346 religious sisters, and 16 religious brothers.[3] The diocese also supports a private collegial institution, Thomas More College in Crestview Hills. In addition, the diocese also administers six area medical centers under the St. Elizabeth Healthcare system. The diocese also administers 28 cemeteries.


Education System

The Diocese of Covington contains 39 educational institutions. They are administered either independently, by the diocesan school board, by the parish with which they are affiliated, or by a religious order. In total, in 2013 there were 14,284 students under Catholic instruction.


High Schools

See also


  1. ^ Huffstutter, P.J. (June 2005). "Kentucky diocese agrees to $120 million settlement". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Foys, Roger Joseph (June 2005). "Letter from Bishop Foys About Abuse Cases". Diocese of Covington. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Covington (Diocese of Covington)". Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington Home Page
  • 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia article on the Diocese of Covington
  • Catholic Hierarchy Page on the Diocese of Covington

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