Diocese of Portland

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Portland Bishop-elect James Ruggieri.

Pope Francis appoints Father James Ruggieri as bishop of Portland, Maine

Feb 13, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced on Feb. 13 that the 56-year-old priest from Providence, Rhode Island, will be ordained as the bishop... Read more


Judge upholds Maine law on retroactive abuse lawsuits, says Catholic diocese challenge has a point

Feb 15, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The judge acknowledged that attorneys for the Catholic Diocese of Portland raised “serious” constitutional concerns in their legal challenge. Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conceptionin Portland, Maine.    Credit: Kelly Lynn Butler/Shutterstock

Maine's Catholic churches will continue attendance at Mass, while ecumenical group urges online services

Jan 6, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Portland will continue to permit attendance at Mass, even as the state’s Council of Churches has urged... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley leads a committal of unclaimed cremated remains at the Old Cemetery at Calvary in South Portland, Maine, Nov. 22, 2021.

Bishop Deeley presides at outdoor prayer service for unclaimed remains in South Portland

Nov 30, 2021

By Dave Guthro

In view of the tombstones and damp terrain of the large and rolling Old Cemetery at Calvary, a small crowd... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland

Why Maine Catholics, unable to meet in person, aren't sheepish about their faith

Apr 16, 2021

With the Maine Catholic Youth Meeting taking place virtually for the second year in a row, the Diocese of Portland... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, Maine    Credit: Kelly Lynn Butler/Shutterstock

Maine diocese, state, increase church attendance in time for Holy Week

Mar 5, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Two weeks after the Bishop of Portland in Maine called state restrictions on religious gatherings “unacceptable,” Maine’s governor is allowing... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, Maine    Credit: Kelly Lynn Butler/Shutterstock

Maine diocese: New restrictions on churches 'unacceptable'

Feb 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Bishop of Portland is calling Maine's new restrictions on religious services “unacceptable.”   Read more

Basilique Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul à Lewiston, Maine.

Maine diocese frozen out of COVID restrictions discussion

Nov 12, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Portland, Maine, has expressed frustration at being excluded from conversations with the state governor over safe reopening... Read more

Hand holding small pine branch.

Maine priest encourages 'Pine Sunday' where there are no palms

Mar 31, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

With public Masses cancelled across the United States, ahead of Palm Sunday this weekend, some Maine Catholics are being encouraged... Read more

Stock photo. Via Shutterstock.

Maine bishop suspends chalice amid flu outbreak

Jan 9, 2020

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland issued a directive on Thursday suspending the distribution of Communion under both species. Since December, six... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland.

Portland bishop says religious prejudice 'cannot be tolerated'

Jan 3, 2020

During his homily for Mass on Wednesday, Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland urged Catholics not to tolerate “any kind” of... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine at the 2019 USCCB General Assembly in June.

Maine bishop laments failed challenge to assisted suicide and abortion laws

Sep 18, 2019

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, has expressed his disappointment at the failure of efforts to force a public vote... Read more

The Maine State House in Augusta.

Maine's pro-life movement 're-vitalized' to oppose abortion, assisted suicide laws

Aug 5, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A pair of petition campaigns for a people’s veto referendum vote have kicked off in Maine with the support of... Read more

Portland diocese to engage third-party system for reporting ethics violations

Jun 25, 2019

The Diocese of Portland announced Tuesday it will be using a third-party reporting system for violations of its standards of... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Portland.

Maine bishop had 'no alternative' but to leave state ecumenical group

May 31, 2018

After the Maine Council of Churches changed its decision-making process earlier this year, the Bishop of Portland was forced to... Read more