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Type of site
Available inEnglish
Created byDavid M. Cheney
Current statusActive is an online database of bishops and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. The website is not officially sanctioned by the Church. It is run as a private project by David M. Cheney in Kansas City.[1][2][3]

Origin and contents

In the 1990s, David M. Cheney created a simple internet website that documented the Roman Catholic bishops in his home state of Texas—many of whom did not have webpages.[2] In 2002, after moving to the Midwest, he officially created the present website and expanded to cover the United States and eventually the world.[2] The database contains geographical, organizational and address information on each Catholic diocese in the world, including Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Holy See, such as the Maronite Catholic Church and the Syro-Malabar Church.

It also gives biographical information on current and previous bishops of each diocese, such as dates of birth, ordinations and (when applicable) death.


The website is cited as a reference by Vatican Radio[4] as well as by some Catholic dioceses around the world,[5][6][7] academic institutions,[8][9][10][11] libraries,[12][13][14] newspapers (both mainstream[15][16][17][18][19] and Catholic[20]), and in published works.[21] Vaticanologist Sandro Magister lists it as a recommended site on Catholicism.[22] It is also used as a reference by other church writers including John L. Allen Jr.,[23] canon lawyer Edward N. Peters,[24] and Rocco Palmo.[25] The Zenit News Agency states that the webpage provides a "silent, unique service to the Church".[26]


Among the printed sources used are the Holy See publications: Annuario Pontificio, Acta Apostolicae Sedis and Acta Sanctae Sedis. Historical studies by authors whose surnames range from Andrade to Zúñíga are also utilized.[27]

The Vatican Information Service provides news about changes affecting dioceses and bishops. Another primary source of informations for bishop's appointing, biographies and eventual resignations, has been the archive of the Holy See Daily Bulletin given by the Holy See Press Office,[28] and the monthly official publication named Acta Sanctae Sedis (about members of the Roman Curia or Apostolic Nuncios).[29]


  1. ^ La Croix: "David Cheney, l'homme qui recense les évêques" Nicolas SENÈZE le 24/11/2008
  2. ^ a b c Katholisch Deutsch: "Sie sammeln das Wissen der Weltkirche" Von Felix Neumann 08.08.2017
  3. ^ "David Cheney – człowiek, który stworzył światowy katalog biskupów". pl:Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna (in Polish). 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ Vatican Radio: "Chad: A 'frontier Church' at the Synod in Rome" "Statistics vary but according to ''"
  5. ^ Archdiocese of Bangkok retrieved October 20, 2016
  6. ^ Diocese of Galle recommended websites Archived 2016-11-29 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 20, 2016
  7. ^ Catholic Diocese of Jammu and Srinigar recommended websites retrieved October 20, 2016
  8. ^ The Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania—resources Archived 2017-01-04 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 20, 2016
  9. ^ Catholic Trust for England and Wales retrieved October 20, 2016 | "To see the structure of the Catholic Church's Hierarchy go to"
  10. ^ The Free Online Site of Washington History: "Bishop Augustin Blanchet dedicates Washington's original St. James Cathedral at Fort Vancouver on January 23, 1851" retrieved October 20, 2016
  11. ^ Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Azcapotzalco México Estampas del catolicismo en México by Rodolfo Soriano Núñez retrieved October 20, 2016
  12. ^ Stanford University Libraries: Cardinal Francis Arinze retrieved October 20, 2016
  13. ^ Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library—list of Byzantine Catholic Websites Archived 2016-10-21 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 20, 2016
  14. ^ John Paul the Great Catholic University website Archived 2016-08-09 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 20, 2016
  15. ^ Washington Post: "Pope Benedict XVI's path to the papacy" February 11, 2013 | Sources: News services, Vatican,
  16. ^ Boston Globe retrieved October 20, 2016 | SOURCES:; Archdiocese of Boston; Catholic Encyclopedia;; "Dictionary of the Liturgy;" Father Jason A. Gray of the Peoria Archdiocese; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  17. ^ Michigan Live: "Aging priesthood part of the Catholic struggle" April 25, 2009
  18. ^ El Observador: "¿Qué implica ser parte del Colegio Cardenalicio?" Enero 4, 2015
  19. ^ BN DeStem: "Bisschop Ernst (98): 'In mijn tijd als bisschop was islam de afdeling buitenland'" 04 december 2015
  20. ^ *Society of St Pius the X: "Worldwide 187 dioceses without a bishop" July 15, 2013
  21. ^ *Population Reference Bureau: "The Changing Demographics of Roman Catholics" by Rogelio Saenz August 2005
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    • [3] The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History By Jeremy Clarke
    • [4] Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices: Six Volumes by J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann
    • [5] Two Texts By Edward Everett Hale by Edward Everett Hale, Hsuan L. Hsu, Susan Kalter
    • [6] Uncertain Honor: Modern Motherhood in an African Crisis By Jennifer Johnson-Hanks
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    • [14] Diplomatic Missions of the Holy See in Hungary and East-Central Europe after theSecond World War by Margit BALOGH
    • [16] Archived 2016-10-20 at the Wayback Machine Light a Candle. Encounters and Friendship with China. Festschrift in Honour of Angelo S. Lazzarotto P.I.M.E. Edited by Roman MALEK and Gianni CRIVELLER. (Collectanea Serica). Sankt Augustin, Institut Monumenta Serica; Nettetal, Steyler Verlag, 2010. viii+564 pp.
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    • [19] Eine Marienerscheinung in Zeiten der Diktatur: der Konflikt um Peñablanca By Oliver Grasmück
    • Sede Vacante Diocesan Administration By Nord Aaron Paul "A privately operated website,, proved to have abundant and accurate data and was extremely helpful in finding and confirming the information in other sources"
  22. ^ L'espresso—Chi siamo: "Elenco di siti di Chiese e religioni" retrieved November 14, 2015
  23. ^ National Catholic Reporter: "Religious-order bishops are a long but contested tradition" by John L. Allen Jr. February 17, 2009 | "Based on lists provided by the Catholic Hierarchy Web site ("
  24. ^ Roman Catholic Arch / Bishops of the USA retrieved October 20, 2016
  25. ^ Whispers in the Loggia: "The Pauline Ordination Conspiracy?" March 7, 2007
  26. ^ "Hobby Turned Service to the Church—Interview with Web Master of" By Kathleen Naab Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine March 29, 2011
  27. ^ David M. Cheney (2013-05-24). "sources". Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  28. ^ "Holy See Daily Bulletin". (in English, Spanish, and Italian). Archived from the original on December 16, 2018.
  29. ^ "Archive of the Acta Sanctae Sedis form year 1908" (pdf). Holy See (in Latin and English). Archived from the original on December 18, 2018.