Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
Archdiocese of Edmonton
|Area||81,151 km2 (31,333 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Cathedral||St. Joseph's Basilica|
|Archbishop||Richard William Smith|
On March 22, 2007, Vatican Information Services announced that a Halifax native, Bishop Richard William Smith of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pembroke, Canada, had been appointed as Archbishop of Edmonton by Pope Benedict XVI.
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, an official news release from Vatican Information Service (VIS), an arm of the Holy See Press Office, stated that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Gregory Bittman, who until then had been serving as the Judicial Vicar and as Archdiocesan Chancellor, as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and Titular Bishop of Caltadria.
Its suffragan sees are :
Established on 22 September 1871 as the Diocese of St Albert (Latin Sancti Alberti), on territory split off from the then Diocese of Saint-Boniface, to which it lost territory again in 1889 (meanwhile Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface)
Promoted on 1912.11.30 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Edmonton / Edmontonen(sis) (Latin), having lost territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary as its first suffragan.
Lost territory again on 1948.07.17 to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Paul, Alberta, which became its second suffragan.
It enjoyed a Papal visit from Pope John Paul II in September 1984.
The Archdiocese of Edminton was later criticized for its handling of sex abuse allegations against Rev. Patrick O'Neill and was sued by one of O'Neil's alleged victims in 2012.
(all Roman rite)
- Suffragan Bishops of Edmonton
- Vital-Justin Grandin, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.) (1871.09.22 – death 1902.06.03), previously Titular Bishop of Satala (1857.12.11 – 1871.09.22) as Coadjutor Bishop of Saint-Boniface (Canada) (1857.12.11 – 1871.09.22)
- Émile-Joseph Legal, O.M.I. (1902.06.03 – see promoted 1912.11.30 see below), succeeding as previous Coadjutor Bishop of Saint Albert (1897.03.29 – 1902.06.03) and Titular Bishop of Pogla (1897.03.29 – 1902.06.03)
- Metropolitan Archbishops of Edmonton
- Émile-Joseph Legal, O.M.I. (see above 1912.11.30 – death 1920.03.10)
- Henry Joseph O'Leary, (1920.09.07 – death 1938.03.05), previously Bishop of Charlottetown (Canada) (1913.01.29 – 1920.09.07)
- John Hugh MacDonald, (1938.03.05 – retired 1964.08.11), previously ; later Bishop of Victoria (Canada) (1934.08.11 – 1936.12.16) and Titular Archbishop of Mocissus (1936.12.16 – 1938.03.05) as Coadjutor Archbishop of Edmonton (1936.12.16 – succession 1938.03.05); emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Mediana (1964.08.11 – death 1965.01.17)
- Anthony Jordan, O.M.I. (1964.08.11 – retired 1973.07.02), previously Titular Bishop of Vada (1945.06.22 – 1955.04.27) as Apostolic Vicar of Prince Rupert (Canada) (1945.06.22 – 1955.04.27), then Titular Archbishop of Silyum (1955.04.27 – 1964.08.11) as Coadjutor Archbishop of Edmonton (1955.04.27 – succession 1964.08.11); died 1982
- Joseph MacNeil, (1973.07.02 – retired 1999.06.07), also President of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (1979 – 1981); previously Bishop of Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada) (1969.04.09 – 1973.07.02)
- Thomas Collins (1999.06.07 – 2006.12.16), also Apostolic Administrator of suffragan Saint Paul (Canada) (2001.03.16 – 2001.09.08); previously Coadjutor Bishop of Saint-Paul (1997.03.25 – 1997.06.30) succeeding as Bishop of Saint-Paul (Canada) (1997.06.30 – 1999.02.18), Coadjutor Archbishop of Edmonton (1999.02.18 – 1999.06.07); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) (2006.12.16 – ...), created Cardinal-Priest of S. Patrizio (2012.02.18 [2012.10.23] – ...), Member of Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for Works of Religion (2014.01.15 – ...)
- Richard William Smith, ( 2007– ...)
- Coadjutor bishops
- Auxiliary bishop
- Gregory John Bittman (2012-2018), appointed Bishop of Nelson, British Columbia
- Other priests of this diocese who became bishops
- James Charles McGuigan, appointed Archbishop of Regina in 1930; future Cardinal
- Charles Leo Nelligan, appointed Bishop of Pembroke, Ontario in 1937
- Edward Quentin Jennings, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1941
- Michael Cornelius O’Neill, appointed Archbishop of Regina in 1947
- Wilfrid Emmett Doyle, appointed Bishop of Nelson, British Columbia in 1958
- Paul Terrio, appointed Bishop of Saint Paul in Alberta in 2012
Statistics and extentEdit
As of 2014, it pastorally served 640,813 Catholics (38.0% of 1,686,345 total) on 81,151 km² in 124 parishes and 5 missions with 168 priests (75 diocesan, 93 religious), 25 deacons, 318 lay religious (111 brothers, 207 sisters) and 12 seminarians
In 2010 the archdiocese contains 129 parishes and missions, 96 diocesan priests, 85 religious priests, and 368,545 Catholics. It also has 278 women religious, 18 religious brothers, and 14 permanent deacons.
Western Catholic ReporterEdit
The newspaper was owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. Its declared mission was to serve its readers by helping them deepen their faith through accurate information and reflective commentary on events and issues of concern to the Church.
The Reporter closed in 2016 and was replaced by the news website Grandin Media.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.|
- The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton home page
- Gcatholic with Google map and - satellite photo
- Archdiocese of Edmonton page at catholichierarchy.org retrieved July 13, 2006
- Western Catholic Reporter
- Grandin Media