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

Priests:
Diocesan, active in diocese . . . 33
Active outside diocese . . . 6
Retired, sick or absent . . . 14
Diocesan priests . . . 53
Religious priests resident in diocese . . . 10
Extern priests resident in diocese . . . 14
Total priests in diocese . . . 77

Permanent Deacons . . . 19
Total Brothers . . . 3
Total Sisters . . . 29
Seminarians . . . 9

Parishes . . . 50
With resident Pastor . . . 42
Missions . . . 21

Catholic Schools:
High Schools . . . 3
Total High School Students . . . 955

Elementary Schools . . . 7
Total Elementary Students . . . 1,388

Residential care of disabled . . . 1
Total disabled residents . . . 202

Public schools in CCD Instruction Classes:
High School students in CCD class . . . 943
Elementary School students in CCD class . . . 1991

Total students under Catholic Instruction in Catholic Schools/CCD Classes . . . 5277

Brothers Teaching . . . 3
Sisters Teaching . . . 6
Lay Teachers . . . 184

Catholic Hospitals . . . 1
Number assisted during past year . . . 299,149

Residence for Aged . . . 1
Number assisted during past year . . . 350

Infant Baptisms . . . 493

Individuals received into full Communion . . . 100

First Communions . . . 570

Marriages . . . 160

Deaths . . . 557

Total Catholic population . . . 43,520

Total population . . . 383,421