Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton (Latin: Archidioecesis Edmontonensis) is a Latin metropolitan archdiocese in the Canadian civil province of Alberta.

Archdiocese of Edmonton

Archidioecesis Edmontonensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.svg
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical provinceEdmonton
Area81,151 km2 (31,333 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)

368,545 (23.7%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralSt. Joseph's Basilica
Secular priests96
Current leadership
ArchbishopRichard William Smith

The archbishop's cathedral see is located in St. Joseph Cathedral, a minor basilica in Edmonton.

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.[1]

Ecclesiastical provinceEdit

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.[2]

Diocesan episcopateEdit

(all Roman rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Edmonton
Metropolitan Archbishops of Edmonton
Coadjutor bishops
Auxiliary bishop
Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

Statistics and extentEdit

The archdiocese (not including its suffragan dioceses) covers Central Alberta, Edmonton Capital Region and the middle and upper half of the Alberta's Rockies region.

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.

Edmonton parishesEdit

Rural parishesEdit

Western Catholic ReporterEdit

The Western Catholic Reporter was a weekly newspaper published in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that covered the Catholic religion.

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.


Sources and external linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°32′26″N 113°30′59″W / 53.54056°N 113.51639°W / 53.54056; -113.51639