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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland (Latin: Archidioecesis Sancti Ioannis Terrae Novae) is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is the Metropolitan see of the Ecclesiastical Province of St. John's, which also includes the suffragan dioceses of Grand Falls, and Corner Brook and Labrador. The current Archbishop is Peter Hundt.

Archdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland

Archidioecesis Sancti Ioannis Terrae Novae
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Location
CountryCanada
TerritoryNewfoundland and Labrador
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland
MetropolitanSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Population
- Catholics

120,135 (49.6%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established30 May 1784; 235 years ago
CathedralBasilica of St. John the Baptist
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
ArchbishopPeter Hundt
SuffragansRobert Anthony Daniels
Bishop of Grand Falls

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador
Website
rcsj.org

Contents

HistoryEdit

The future Archdiocese of St. John's was established 30 May 1784 as Catholics in Newfoundland gradually gained religious liberty, made explicit by a public declaration by Governor John Campbell. After a request from Irish merchants in St. John's to Bishop William Egan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, James Louis O'Donel was appointed Prefect Apostolic of Newfoundland, as a pre-diocesan jurisdiction entitled to a titular bishop and exempt, i.e., directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province. In addition to O'Donel's personal popularity, one of his qualifications for the position was an ability to preach in Gaelic.

It was promoted to a Vicariate Apostolic on 5 January 1796 and on 4 June 1847 was elevated to diocese.

In 1904, St. John's was elevated to an archdiocese and presently contains 40 parishes, 39 active diocesan priests, 33 religious priests, and 120,135 Catholics. It also has 220 Women Religious, and 42 Religious Brothers.

BishopsEdit

Prefecture Apostolic of NewfoundlandEdit

# Image Name From Until
Erected: 30 May 1784
1   James Louis O'Donel O.F.M. 17 May 1784

Vicariate Apostolic of NewfoundlandEdit

# Image Name From Until
Elevated: 5 January 1796
1   James Louis O'Donel O.F.M. 1 January 1807
2   Patrick Lambert O.F.M. 1 January 1807 23 September 1816
3   Thomas Scallan O.F.M. 23 September 1816 7 June 1830
4   Michael Anthony Fleming O.F.S. 7 June 1830

Diocese of NewfoundlandEdit

# Image Name From Until
Elevated: 4 June 1847
4   Michael Anthony Fleming O.F.S. 14 July 1850
5   John Thomas Mullock O.F.M. 14 July 1850

Diocese of St. John's, NewfoundlandEdit

# Image Name From Until
Name Changed: 29 February 1856
5   John Thomas Mullock O.F.M. 29 March 1869
6   Thomas Joseph Power 13 May 1870 4 December 1893
7   Michael Francis Howley 5 January 1895

Archdiocese of St. John's, NewfoundlandEdit

# Image Name From Until
Elevated: 8 February 1904
7   Michael Francis Howley 15 October 1914
8   Edward Patrick Roche 26 February 1915 23 September 1950
9 Patrick James Skinner C.I.M. 23 January 1951 28 March 1979
10 Alphonsus Liguori Penney 28 March 1979 2 February 1991
11 James Hector MacDonald C.S.C. 2 February 1991 4 December 2000
12   Brendan O'Brien 4 December 2000 1 June 2007
13   Martin William Currie 18 October 2007 12 December 2018
14   Peter Joseph Hundt 12 December 2018

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Coordinates: 47°33′56″N 52°42′30″W / 47.5656°N 52.7082°W / 47.5656; -52.7082