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Demographic Profile of the Diocese

Established as a diocese in 1853, the Diocese of Springfield serves more than 140,000 Catholics in 28 counties in Central Illinois, a geographic area of 15,139 square miles. The diocese is divided into seven deaneries. This local church is pastored by the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Catholic Population

  • 145,189
  • Catholic Population as percentage of total population of all 28 counties: 13%

Parishes

  • Number of Parishes: 130*
  • Baptisms: 2,252
  • First Communions: 1,803
  • Confirmations: 1,864
  • Weddings: 583
  • Funerals: 1,589

* Current

Catholic Education

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools: 42
  • Secondary schools: 6
  • Elementary school enrollment: 8,777
  • Secondary school enrollment: 2,175

Religious Education

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 7,566
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 1,517

Seminary System

  • Bishop Simon Bruté Seminary, Enrollment: 5
  • Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Enrollment: 3
  • Mundelein Seminary, Enrollment: 9
  • Sacred Heart School of Theology, Enrollment: 3
  • Saint Meinad School of Theology, Enrollment: 1

Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • 2 Catholic colleges and universities serving 2,4000 students

Catholic Hospitals

  • 6 Catholic hospitals
  • 581,996 people assisted annually

Diocesan Priests, Deacons, Women and Men Religious in the Diocese

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired) 105
  • Religious Priests: 45
  • Religious Brothers: 13
  • Women Religious: 609
  • Permanent Deacons: 44