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About the most populated Diocese in the USA

The Whole World is the Diocese of Brooklyn

Our Diocese is completely urban, a fact that makes us extraordinary in the United States.  We are home to perhaps the largest and most diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities in a single metropolitan area.  There are 198 parishes in the Diocese that serves the Catholic faithful in the neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn in the City of New York.  The word “catholic” means universal; and the universality of the Church can be witnessed in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  More than 1.5 million Catholics representing nearly 170 nations of the world are part of our local Church; visitors and even natives are often surprised to hear the sheer number of languages spoken here.  Truly it can be said –“the world is here”- and that Brooklyn and Queens are a wonderful place to call home! The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in over 26 different languages in the Diocese.  The global Church is thriving and present every day in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  



The Diocese of Brooklyn is the only all urban diocese in the United States.  It is the smallest in terms of size, only 179 square miles, but it is the largest diocese in terms of population in the United States, with only three archdioceses that are larger. The Diocese of Brooklyn is comprised of Kings and Queens Counties in the State of New York




"Divinely initiated and totally unmerited"

Msgr. Sean G. Ogle: Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Astoria

A vocation is, like all graces, divinely initiated and totally unmerited. But as incarnate beings, vocations come to women and men in particular circumstances. The call to priesthood for me was mediated through family and parish. At the same time, the wider Catholic culture also nurtured my interest in a vocation. Educated in the Baltimore Catechism during the reign of Pius XII, I was in 8th grade when the Second Vatican Council really got going, and when President Kennedy was shot—two events which marked transitions in the traditional Catholic culture of our country, from a “Going My Way” sensibility (already quite absent in my own experience) to the more confused and challenging American sensibility of the 1960’s. I believe that my sense of being a Catholic helped to guide me away from some of the more destructive choices made by many of my contemporaries in those years and toward the conscious embrace of the Catholic faith, and within that a priestly vocation.

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