How much do you know about the Diocese of Rochester's history? - Catholic Courier

How much do you know about the Diocese of Rochester’s history?

This Saturday, March 3, marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Rochester. We at the Courier, however, already have been immersed in diocesan history for well over a year now as we prepared content for a commemorative book published in 2017 as well as a special section in the Courier’s March issue.

After working at the Courier for nearly 15 years, I thought I knew a lot about the diocese, but I learned quite a bit while working on those projects. Do you consider yourself well-versed in diocesan history? Try your hand at this trivia quiz I created! It’s just for fun and bragging rights, and the answers will be published at the end of next week’s blog.

Good luck

1. The Diocese of Rochester was formed on March 3, 1868, and initially included eight counties. Which county below was NOT one of those founding counties?

a. Monroe

b. Tompkins

c. Chemung

d. Cayuga

2. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano is the ninth bishop of the Rochester. Which of the previous eight bishops had the longest tenure in Rochester?

a. Bishop Matthew H. Clark

b. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

c. Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid

d. Bishop James E. Kearney

3. Which bishop had the shortest tenure in Rochester?

a. Bishop John F. O’Hern

b. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

c. Bishop Joseph L. Hogan

d. Cardinal Edward A. Mooney

4. True or false: Sacred Heart Cathedral, located at 296 Flower City Park in Rochester, has always been the diocesan cathedral.

5. The ceiling of Sacred Heart Cathedral’s eucharistic chapel has been painted to replicate the positions of the stars on the night of what event?

a. Jesus’ birth

b. Jesus’ death

c. The founding of the Diocese of Rochester

d. The start of the cathedral’s construction

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