The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is home to approximately 750,000 Catholics in the 12-county greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. The archdiocese is currently led by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Making the name of Jesus Christ known and loved by promoting and proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed through vibrant parish communities, quality Catholic education, and ready outreach to the poor and marginalized.
ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE
Established as a diocese in 1850 (originally Minnesota and the Dakotas), the Holy See elevated it to an archdiocese in 1888. Now, the archdiocese’s boundaries are the 12‐county greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. The archdiocese is divided into 186 parishes. In the past year, parishes in this archdiocese have celebrated:
- 5,121 infant baptisms (newborns through age 1)
- 1,306 minor baptisms (ages 1‐17)
- 208 adult baptisms
- 922 adults received into full communion with the Church
- 6,637 first communions
- 6,836 confirmations
- 1,002 Catholic marriages and 445 Interfaith marriages (1,447 marriages total)
ABOUT OUR CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
Mass is celebrated in 13 languages across the archdiocese. Twenty‐five Latino ministry parishes attend to the spiritual needs of tens of thousands of Spanish‐speaking Catholics. More than 450 priests, over 200 deacons, as well as hundreds of religious sisters and brothers, and tens of thousands of lay personnel and volunteers serve in parishes, Catholic schools and in many other ministries. Within the archdiocese, there are four Catholic universities, a major seminary as well as a college seminary, and numerous vibrant ministry groups which are sharing the light of Christ locally – and nationally. The archdiocese is also home to numerous hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers.
The Catholic Church is the largest non‐governmental provider of social services in the United States. The archdiocese and the many Catholic organizations in our area help the poor, individuals with illnesses and disabilities, people in prison, refugees and immigrants through a variety of ministries. Catholic social justice organizations advocate for the poor, the immigrant and marginalized to local and state policy makers. In recent years, local Catholic advocates have worked tirelessly in solidarity with immigrants, with those combating the scourge of human trafficking and for the protection of the most vulnerable among us during tough economic times. Plus, there are numerous shelters, assistance centers and food shelves operated by parishes and other independent Catholic organizations.
Within the archdiocese, there are 91 Catholic schools, including 14 high schools, which serve a total enrollment of 25,603 students in grades K-12, plus 3,700 preschool students. Catholic schools develop the minds, hearts and souls of children in a faith‐centered environment. Like no other schooling, Catholic education prepares students for the day when they will bring their gifts of faith and reason to the opportunities and challenges of our world. Catholic schools in the archdiocese provide an excellent education while saving Minnesota taxpayers approximately $300 million annually in public education costs. Of those who graduate from Catholic high schools, approximately 97 percent continue their education. Catholic schools have also shown success at closing the “achievement gap” for economically disadvantaged students and students whose first language is not English.
In the archdiocese, 32,824 children and youth in K-12 are enrolled in parish religious education programs, where they learn about their faith and are encouraged to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Parishes across the archdiocese also offer faith formation and service opportunities to their adult members and the larger community. Programs offered by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life support the vocation of marriage, the single state and outreach to youth and young adults. This office also seeks to support strong vocations rooted in faith and Christian freedom, lived in service to families, communities and parishes.
Protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults is of highest importance at parishes and Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese. Since 2002, more than 212,500 background checks have been run on clergy, employees and volunteers. Since 2005, 109,950 adults have received VIRTUS Safe Environment training at one of 4,938 VIRTUS training sessions held in the archdiocese. Additionally, Catholic schools and parish faith formation and youth ministry programs have been teaching children and youth age‐appropriate lessons about personal safety and sexual abuse prevention since 2006.
The Office of Evangelization helps create opportunities for people to encounter Jesus Christ and to make the truth of Christ and his Church clearly understood and accessible. Evangelization efforts are created and experienced in cooperation with parishes and Catholic schools and the many ministry groups throughout this local Church. Initiatives include The Catholic Watchmen, Grandparent Ministry and support of ministries such as WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.
The good work of this Catholic community goes far beyond the borders of the archdiocese in many ways. At the Jesucristo Resucitado mission parish in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, donations from the archdiocese fund the parish soup kitchen, which currently provides 63 lunches Monday through Friday mostly to elderly and large families in the parish. Donations also help a small medical clinic; provide medicine and food through the parish’s St Vincent de Paul Conference and through the Emergency Assistance program; and support education costs to help individuals to learn skills to try to break out of the poverty.
People at parishes throughout the archdiocese also contribute generously to second and missionary collections for the greater good. These include collections to help those in need locally and around the world, support retired religious sisters and brothers, and other causes that make an important difference in others’ lives.
In all things, we seek to give glory and honor to God. We strive to make the most of the gifts God has given us. We seek to serve humbly as Jesus Christ served, treating all with the dignity each person has by virtue of being created in the image and likeness of God. We recognize that Church leaders have at times made mistakes and have sometimes failed in their responsibilities. We are committed to increased transparency, intentional collaboration, ongoing evaluation and greater accountability to foster healing and offer an invitation to all to come to know Jesus Christ through Catholic ministry. We believe that with God, all things are possible.