Diocesan Statistics

Established July 29, 1853 by Pius IX as the Diocese of Natchitoches from territory taken from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The See City was transferred to Alexandria and designated The Diocese of Alexandria on August 6, 1910; retitled the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport on January 7, 1977; re-designated the Diocese of Alexandria on July 29, 1986 when the Diocese of Shreveport was taken from its territory.

The Diocese of Alexandria comprises 13 civil parishes of Central Louisiana: Natchitoches, Winn, Caldwell, Franklin, Madison, Vernon, Rapides, Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula, Tensas, Concordia and Avoyelles. The land area of the diocese is 11,108 square miles.

Central Deanery: Alexandria, Boyce, Colfax, Deville, Glenmora, Jena, Kolin, Lecompte, Leesville, Pineville, Tioga, Winnfield and Woodworth.

Eastern Deanery: Ferriday, St. Joseph, Tallulah, Vidalia and Winnsboro

Avoyelles Deanery: Belledeau, Bordelonville, Brouilliette, Bunkie, Cheneyville, Cottonport, Dupont, Echo, Evergreen, Fifth Ward, Hessmer, Marksville, Mansura, Moreauville, Plaucheville, Rexmere and Simmesport.

Natchitoches Deanery: Campti, Cloutierville, Isle Brevelle, Natchitoches and Powhatan.

Bishop: 1
Diocesan, active in diocese: 42
Diocesan active outside diocese: 5
Diocesan active in foreign missions: 1
Retired, sick or absent: 22
Diocesan priests: 69
Religious priests in diocese: 5
Extern priests resident in diocese: 15
Total priests in diocese: 74

Permanent deacons: 23
Total Brothers: 3
Total Sisters: 19

Parishes: 50
With resident diocesan pastor: 36
With resident religious priest: 6
Without resident pastor, administered by priest: 8
Missions: 21

Teachers in the diocese:
Brothers Teaching: 1
Sisters Teaching: 10
Lay Teachers: 227

Diocesan students in other seminaries: 10
Total seminarians: 10

High Schools: 3
Total High School Students: 663

Elementary Schools: 7
Total Elementary Students: 1,941

Catechesis/Religious Education:
High School students: 757
Elementary students: 1,773
Total students under Catholic Instruction: 5,144

Catholic Hospitals: 1
Number assisted during past year: 235,420

Homes for Aged: 1
Number assisted: 104

Residential care of disabled: 1
Total disabled residents: 202

Vital Statistics:
Receptions into the Church:
Infant Baptisms: 483
Minor Baptisms: 72
Adult Baptisms: 76
Received into full Communion: 115
First Communions: 574
Confirmations: 466

Catholic: 178
Interfaith: 43

Deaths: 543

Total Catholic population: 35,402

Total population within the diocese: 389,837

(Source: 2019 Kenedy Directory. This page updated on July 21, 2020)