The Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville
() is a Roman Catholic diocese
covering thirteen counties
. The diocese was erected by Pope Pius XII
on October 21, 1944 out of territory from the Diocese of Columbus
Currently, the Diocese is raising funds to build a new Cathedral, Triumph of the Cross, in the West End of Steubenville
, near the Diocesan high school, Steubenville Catholic Central High School
. The plans entail combining six parishes in the city of Steubenville (Holy Name Cathedral, Holy Rosary, St. Pius X, St. Anthony's, St. Stanislaus, and Servants of Christ the King) and building a centrally located Cathedral in order to better accommodate the decline in the area's population and in the number of ordained priests in the Diocese. The six individual parishes forming Triumph of the Cross parish were closed June 8, 2008. Triumph of the Cross parish meets in two locations as fundraising continues for construction of the new cathedral.
The Diocese of Steubenville is currently a sede vacante (vacant see); on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
, His Excellency, Archbishop Pietro Sambi
, announced that Bishop Conlon was to be named Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois (part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Chicago, Illinois) by the Holy Father
, His Holiness
, Pope Benedict XVI
, succeeding His Excellency, the Most Reverend Archbishop James Peter Sartain
, who was named Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of......