Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Canada

The Diocese of Victoria (Latin: Dioecesis Victoriensis in Insula Vancouver) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Headquartered in Victoria, the diocese encompasses all of Vancouver Island and several nearby British Columbia islands. A suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the diocese's cathedral is St. Andrew's Cathedral and its present diocesan bishop is Gary Gordon.

Diocese of Victoria

Dioecesis Victoriensis in Insula Vancouver
St Andrews Cathedral in Victoria.jpg
St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, BC, Canada
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of Vancouver
Metropolitan1-4044 Nelthorpe St.
Victoria, BC
V8X 2A1
Area95,275 km2 (36,786 sq mi)
- Catholics (including non-members)

96,000 (13.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman rite
EstablishedJuly 24, 1846
CathedralSt Andrew's Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopGary Gordon
Metropolitan ArchbishopJ. Michael Miller
Archbishop of Vancouver

Diocesan DemographicsEdit

In 2004 the diocese had 94,465 Catholics, 22 diocesan Priests, 15 religious Priests, 1 Deacon. The diocese is also helped by 19 Brothers, and 91 Sisters servicing 30 parishes.


The diocese was created on 24 July 1846 as the Diocese of Vancouver Island, one of three dioceses in the Pacific Northwest created out of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Oregon Territory. It was elevated to an archdiocese on 19 June 1903 and renamed Archdiocese of Victoria in 1904. It was then lowered to a diocese in 1908, when the metropolitan see was moved to Vancouver.

The territory included Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, New Caledonia (mainland British Columbia), the Queen Charlotte Islands and Alaska. Modeste Demers became the new diocese's first bishop.

Territorial losses

Year territory lost to form:
1863 Vicariate Apostolic of British Columbia
1894 Diocese of New Westminster
Prefecture Apostolic of Alaska

On June 19, 1903, the diocese became an Archdiocese of Victoria. It was returned to the status of a diocese on October 1, 1908, and became a suffragan diocese to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.


The following are the lists of Bishops and their years of service:


Coadjutor bishopsEdit

Auxiliary bishopEdit



Catholic high schoolsEdit

St. Ann's Academy, is now a heritage site
School City Est. Website Enrolment
St. Andrew's Regional High School Victoria ~475 (co-ed)

Catholic elementary schoolsEdit

School City Est. Website
St. Andrew's Victoria
St. Joseph’s Victoria
St. Patrick's Victoria
Queen of Angels Duncan
St. Joseph's Chemainus
John Paul II Port Alberni 1951
  • St. Ann's Academy for Boys, of Duncan, was erected in 1864 and closed in 1969.
  • St. Mary's School, of Ladysmith, was established 1909 and closed in 1913.

Catholic Universities, Colleges and SeminariesEdit

  • St. Joseph's School for Nursing, of Victoria, was erected in 1900 and closed in 1981.
  • St. John Fisher / Thomas More College 1953 and closed in 1993.

Religious institutesEdit

Religious institutes of women


Health Care

  • Lourdes Hospital, of Campbell River, was erected in 1926 and closed in 1957.
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, of Victoria, was erected in 1876 and closed in 1972.


  • The diocese produces the Diocesan Messenger which is a Catholic newspaper for its community.


  1. ^ "St Andrew's Cathedral".
  2. ^ "Holy Cross Catholic Parish".
  3. ^ "Our Lady of the Rosary - A Family Friendly Church".
  4. ^ "Home".
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ "Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Victoria, BC".
  7. ^ "Catholic Church - St. Joseph The Worker Parish, Victoria, BC".
  8. ^ "St. Patrick's Parish > Home".
  9. ^ "St Rose of Lima, Sooke".
  10. ^ "Christ The King Parish Serving Parishioners of the Comox Valley".
  11. ^ "Home".
  12. ^ "Home".
  13. ^ "Ascension Parish Parksville".
  14. ^ "tigerwoods-golfmaster".
  15. ^ "Timbos Blog für Studenten".


External linksEdit

Coordinates: 48°25′00″N 123°21′00″W / 48.4167°N 123.3500°W / 48.4167; -123.3500