Diocesan Crest of Superior
Diocesan Crest of Superior

Diocesan Mission Statement

The Catholic Diocese of Superior is a people of diverse ethnic and cultural traditions called in unity by the love of Christ to proclaim the Gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and give witness through joyful lives of prayer and service in Northern Wisconsin and throughout the world.

Marian Grotto at St. Peter's in Dauby, WI
Marian Grotto at St. Peter's in Dauby, WI

The Diocese of Superior includes 16 counties in northern Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn. It encompasses 15,715 square miles of area. According to the 2019 Wisconsin Pastoral Handbook, here is a summary of the makeup of the diocese:

  • Total population - 437,084
  • Catholic population - 63,440
  • Parishes - 103
  • Diocesan priests - 56
  • Religious order priests - 4
  • Priests on loan - 11
  • Deacons - 67
  • Sisters - 62
  • Seminarians - 3
  • Elementary schools - 14
  • School enrollment - 1,846
  • General hospitals - 6
  • Infant baptisms (2018) - 474
  • Professions of faith (2018) - 63
  • Marriages (2018) - 166
    • Catholic - 99
    • Mixed - 67
Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior, WI
Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior, WI
Interior of St. Francis Xavier in Superior, WI
Interior of St. Francis Xavier in Superior, WI
Little Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park, Superior, WI
Little Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park, Superior, WI