Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish
|Diocese of Antigonish
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Antigonish
|Established||August 23, 1886|
|Cathedral||St. Ninian's Cathedral|
|Bishop||Brian Joseph Dunn|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Archbishop of Halifax|
|Emeritus Bishops||Colin Campbell|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish (Latin: Dioecesis Antigonicensis) is a Latin Rite diocese in Nova Scotia, Canada covering the counties of Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond and Cape Breton. It had previously existed under the name of the diocese of Arichat.
As of 2006, the diocese contained 123 parishes, 119 active diocesan priests, 8 religious priests, and 129,905 Catholics. It also has 290 Women Religious, 12 Religious Brothers, and 1 permanent deacon. The Diocese of Antigonish covers 18,800 square kilometers.
2009-2010 Apostolic Administration
On September 26, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Raymond John Lahey, one day after a warrant was issued for his arrest by the Ottawa Police Service relating to child pornography charges (cf. sexual abuse scandal in Antigonish diocese). The bishop plead guilty to child pornography charges and was jailed.
Archbishop Anthony Mancini of the Archdiocese of Halifax was named the Apostolic Administrator effective September 26, 2009 and remained in that position until the installation of Bishop Brian Dunn on January 25, 2010.
The following is a list of the bishops of Antigonish, and their terms of service:
- William Fraser [Frazer]  (1844-1851)
- Colin Francis MacKinnon  (1851-1877)
- John Cameron  (1877-1910)
- James Morrison (1912-1950)
- John Roderick MacDonald (1950-1959)
- William Edward Power (1960-1986)
- Colin Campbell (1986-2002)
- Raymond John Lahey (2003-2009)
- Anthony Mancini - Apostolic Administrator (2009 - 2010)
- Brian Joseph Dunn - (2010–present)
- Diocese of Antigonish page at catholichierarchy.org retrieved July 17, 2006
- Charge against Kansas City bishop the temper of the times, by John L Allen Jr, Oct. 15, 2011, National Catholic Reporter
- Diocese of Antigonish
- St. Francis Xavier University
- Virtual Tour of the Architectural Heritage of Antigonish, Nova Scotia