The Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama was formed on 9 December 1969 from the Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham. The first bishop, the Most Rev. Joseph G. Vath, served until his death in 1987. His grave is in the courtyard on the west side of the Cathedral. He was succeeded by the Most Rev. Raymond J. Boland from 1988-1993. Bishop Robert Baker, our current bishop, was installed on October 2, 2007.