Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria

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This article is about the diocese in British Columbia. For the diocese in Texas, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas.
Diocese of Victoria
Dioecesis Victoriensis in Insula Vancouver
St Andrews Cathedral in Victoria.jpg
St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria, BC, Canada
Location
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Vancouver
Metropolitan 1-4044 Nelthorpe St.
Victoria, BC
V8X 2A1
Statistics
Area 95,275 km2 (36,786 sq mi)
Population
- Catholics

96,000 (13.6%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman rite
Established July 24, 1846
Cathedral St Andrew's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gary Gordon
Metropolitan Archbishop John Michael Miller CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver
Website
rcdvictoria.org

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 Richard Joseph Gagnon.

Diocesan Demographics[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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.

Ordinaries[edit]

Churches[edit]

Education[edit]

Catholic high schools[edit]

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

Catholic elementary schools[edit]

School City Est. Website
St. Andrew's Victoria http://www.standrewselem.ca/
St. Joseph’s Victoria http://www.stjosephschool.ca/
St. Patrick's Victoria http://www.stpatrickselem.ca/
Queen of Angels Duncan http://www.queenofangels.ca/
St. Joseph's Chemainus http://www.stjosephselem.ca/
John Paul II Port Alberni 1951 http://www.jp2nd.ca/
  • 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 Seminaries[edit]

  • St. Joseph's School for Nursing, of Victoria, was erected in 1900 and closed in 1981.

Religious institutes[edit]

Religious institutes of women

Charities[edit]

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.

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

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