Diocesan History

Activity Objective

The young people will gain an understanding about how the Church is apostolic by researching their diocese.

Lesson Outcome

The young people should be able to explain how the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.


  • Research materials such as The Official Catholic Directory (the Kenedy directory), the diocesan directory, or Internet access


  • Have the young people explore the history of their diocese by researching the following questions:

When was the diocese established?

Who were the bishops of the diocese?

Where is the cathedral located? Why was this site chosen? When was it built? What does it look like?

What are the names of the diocesan high schools?

How has the diocese grown?

  • Have the young people share their research with the class.

Learning Styles

Self Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

20 minutes


You may also include neighboring dioceses or other the dioceses in your state.

Consider allowing young people who are new to your parish or those who move frequently to research a diocese they lived in previously. Talk about the similarities and differences between your diocese and others around the country.