Diocese of Keewatin

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Diocese of Keewatin
Keewatin crest.png
Ecclesiastical province Rupert's Land
Parishes 0
Rite Anglican
Cathedral St. Alban's Cathedral, Kenora (former)
Current leadership
Bishop David N. Ashdown

The Diocese of Keewatin was a diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada. As of 1 August 2014, it no longer had any territorial jurisdiction, but continued to exist as a legal entity until 30 September 2015, when it was formally closed.

Formerly, the diocese straddled the border of the civil provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, comprising over 900,000 square kilometres. The diocese was geographically isolated, consisting of mainly small, and mostly First Nations communities. The largest of these, Kenora, Ontario, was also the diocese's See city. There were just over 11,000 Anglicans on forty-eight parish rolls. The diocese was established by the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land in 1902, and was a major focus for missionary activity among the indigenous peoples there.

The last bishop (the diocese's ninth) was Archbishop David Ashdown. Elected Bishop of Keewatin in 2001, he was subsequently elected Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land in June 2009. The dean was the Very Rev. Hugh Matheson.

Closure of diocese[edit]

As set out a June 2013 resolution of the Anglican Church's General Synod, the diocese of Keewatin ceased to operate on 31 December 2014. It was formally closed on 30 September 2015, at which time Archbishop Ashdown retired as both diocesan bishop and as Metropolitan of Rupert's Land.[1] The First Nations parishes in northwestern Ontario and northern Manitoba were separated from Keewatin on 1 June 2014 to form the new diocese of Mishamikoweesh. The Rt. Rev. Lydia Mamakwa, the area bishop for Northern Ontario within the former Keewatin diocese, is now diocesan bishop of Mishamikoweesh.[2]

The southern parishes in the diocese were transferred to the Diocese of Rupert's Land on 1 August 2014.[3] There were also minor adjustments to the boundaries of the Diocese of Brandon.

Bishops of Keewatin[edit]

Bishop Name Dates Notes
1st Joseph Lofthouse 1902–1921
2nd Alfred Dewdney 1921–1938
3rd Joseph Lofthouse, Jr. 1938-1953
4th Harry Hives 1953-1969
5th Hugh Stiff 1969-1974 afterwards Dean of Toronto, 1974–1996
6th James Allan 1974–1991
7th Thomas Collings 1991–1996
8th Gordon Beardy 1996–2001
9th David Ashdown 2001–2015 (planned) Last Bishop of Keewatin; Metropolitan of Rupert's Land, 2009-present


  1. ^ Tears of joy for new diocese. Anglican Journal, 6 July 2013
  2. ^ Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh. Anglican Church of Canada, 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ Rupert's Land Keewatin Boundary Changes. Rupert's Land diocesan website (pdf), 19 June 2014.

See also Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Church Directory, 2007. Anglican Book Centre, 2006.

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Coordinates: 49°48′N 94°30′W / 49.8°N 94.5°W / 49.8; -94.5