National overview: Archdiocese 12th Catholic diocese to file for Reorganization

mapThe Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is the 12th Catholic U.S. diocese to file for Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. Of those who have previously filed, six have emerged from Chapter 11 Reorganization and one settled.

In addition to Catholic dioceses, two religious communities have also filed for bankruptcy protection: the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers.

With 825,000 Catholics, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is the second-largest U.S. Church jurisdiction to file for Chapter 11 Reorganization, after the Diocese of San Diego, which is home to nearly 1 million Catholics, according to the 2014 Official Catholic Directory.

  1. Archdiocese of Portland, Ore. Filed July 2004, emerged April 2007.
  2. Diocese of Tucson, Ariz. Filed September 2004, emerged September 2005.
  3. Diocese of Spokane, Wash. Filed December 2004, emerged May 2007.
  4. Diocese of Davenport, Iowa. Filed October 2006, emerged June 2012.
  5. Diocese of San Diego, Calif. Filed February 2007, dismissed November 2007; settlement reached.
  6. Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. Filed March 2008, emerged January 2010.
  7. Diocese of Wilmington, Del. Filed October 2009, emerged September 2011.
  8. Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wis. Filed January 2011, in progress.
  9. Diocese of Gallup, N.M. Filed November 2013, in progress.
  10. Diocese of Stockton, Calif. Filed January 2014, in progress.
  11. Diocese of Helena, Mont. Filed January 2014, in progress.
  12. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Filed January 2015, in progress.

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  • chasjay

    I hope the process in Saint Paul-Minneapolis goes well. I live in Milwaukee and we just observed the fourth anniversary of bankruptcy filing. Legal expenses are creeping toward $20 million and the two sides cannot agree on anything.