Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops (Latin: Dioecesis Kamloopsensis) (erected 22 December 1945) is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The Diocese of Kamloops is led by Bishop Joseph Phuong Nguyen.

Diocese of Kamloops

Dioecesis Kamloopsensis
Sacred Heart Cathedral Kamloops.jpg
Country Canada
TerritoryCentral British Columbia
Ecclesiastical provinceVancouver
Area119,000 km2 (46,000 sq mi)
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2006)
51,900[1] (12.9%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 22, 1945
CathedralSacred Heart Cathedral (Kamloops)
Patron saintImmaculate Heart of Mary (principal)
St. John Vianney (secondary)[2]
Current leadership
BishopJoseph Phuong Nguyen
Bishop of Kamloops
Metropolitan ArchbishopJ. Michael Miller
Archbishop of Vancouver
Bishops emeritusDavid Monroe
Lawrence Sabatini, C.S.,

Diocesan demographicsEdit

The Diocese of Kamloops has a Catholic population of 51,900 (2006) served by 14 diocesan priests, 8 religious priests, 1 permanent deacon and 26 religious sisters and brothers in 25 parishes.



Catholic high schoolsEdit

St. Ann's Academy remained a high school until 1970. Unable to keep up with the changing demands of B.C.'s curriculum, it reverted to an elementary school. In 1980, Bishop Adam Exner asked the Congregation of Christian Brothers to open the high school section and in September 1981, St. Ann's Academy became a high school again.

School City Est. Website Enrollment
St. Ann's Academy (high school re-established 1981) Kamloops 1910 ~600 (co-ed)

Religious institutesEdit



Sex abuse lawsuitEdit

On August 25, 2020, British Columbia justice David Crossin ordered the office of the Bishop of Kamloops and former priest Erlindo Molon, who was by then 88 years old, to pay $844,140 in damages to Rosemary Anderson, who claimed Molon raped her 75 to 100 times since 1976, when she was 26 years old.[3] During the lawsuit, former Kamloops Bishop Adam Exner, who would eventually be appointed Archbishop of Vancouver, said during witness testimony that he knew Molon “was molesting people,” including Anderson.[3] Exner also stated that Molon was not stripped of his priesthood status until after Anderson told him that Molon raped her and asked her to marry him.[3]


  • Kamloops Wawa, a one-time publication of the diocese
  • Diocesan News, bi-monthly newspaper started in 1976 as the Diocesan Update. Name changed to the Diocesan News in 1990.


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy - Statistics section - retrieved April 28, 2009
  2. ^ "Patrons Of The Diocese". Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c

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