Roman Catholic Diocese of Mackenzie–Fort Smith

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mackenzie–Fort Smith (Latin: Dioecesis Mackenziensis–Arcis Smith) is a Roman Catholic diocese that includes the Northwest Territories, the northern extremity of Saskatchewan and the extreme west of the Territory of Nunavut in Canada. Bishop Jon Hansen,C.Ss.R. currently serves as Bishop of Mackenzie – Fort Smith, Canada.

Diocese of Mackenzie–Fort Smith

Dioecesis Mackenziensis–Arcis Smith
Fort Smith NWT, RC Cathedral.JPG
St. Joseph's Cathedral, Fort Smith
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical provinceGrouard-McLennan
Area1,523,400 km2 (588,200 sq mi)
- Catholics (including non-members)

28,540 (67.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralSt. Joseph Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopJon Hansen, C,Ss.R.
Metropolitan ArchbishopGérard Pettipas, C.Ss.R.
Bishops emeritusDenis Croteau

Originally created in 1901 as the Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie, it was elevated to a full episcopal see in 1967.

As of 2004, the diocese contained 46 parishes and missions, 4 active diocesan priests, 7 religious priests, and 28,540 Catholics. At the time, it also had 16 women religious, 8 religious brothers, and 3 permanent deacons. One famous parish is Our Lady Of Victory Church in Inuvik.


Inuvik's famous "Igloo Church"

Diocesan bishopsEdit

Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie

  • Gabriel-Joseph-Elie Breynat, O.M.I. (1901–1943), "The Bishop of the Winds", Titular Bishop of Adramyttium (1901) and Titular Archbishop of Garella (1939)
  • Joseph-Maria Trocellier, O.M.I. (1943–1958)
  • Paul Piché, O.M.I. (1959–1967)

The following is a list of the bishops of Mackenzie-Fort Smith and their terms of service:

Coadjutor bishopsEdit


Coordinates: 62°27′00″N 114°24′00″W / 62.4500°N 114.4000°W / 62.4500; -114.4000