Diocese of Niagara

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Diocese of Niagara
Ecclesiastical provinceOntario
DenominationAnglican Church of Canada
CathedralChrist's Church Cathedral, Hamilton
Current leadership
BishopThe Right Reverend
Susan J. A. Bell

The Diocese of Niagara is one of thirty regional divisions (29 dioceses and one former diocese) in the Anglican Church of Canada. The see city of the diocese is Hamilton with the Bishop's seat being located at Christ's Church Cathedral on James Street North. Located within the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, it borders the Dioceses of Huron and Toronto. The area enclosed by the Diocese of Niagara includes much of the Golden Horseshoe, and moves north to include Erin and Orangeville as far as Shelburne. Moving sharply south the line includes Mount Forest and widens, south-westerly to include Elora and Guelph. Skirting Brantford and the Territory of the Six Nations Confederacy, the line then travels, again, south-westerly to Nanticoke and Lake Erie to include the entire Niagara Peninsula. Major urban centres within its borders are St. Catharines, Hamilton, Guelph, Oakville, Burlington, and Orangeville.

The current Bishop of Niagara is the Right Reverend Susan Bell who succeeded Bishop Bird as Diocesan Bishop on June 1, 2018. She was elected Bishop-elect by the Synod in March 2018 and consecrated as a bishop in May of that year.

There are just over 90 parishes within the diocese served by approximately 120 licensed parish priests, with a number of honorary clergy, vocational deacons and licensed lay people. The diocese is divided into five regional deaneries: Brock, Lincoln, Hamilton-Haldimand, Greater Wellington and Trafalgar. Each deanery is overseen by a Regional Archdeacon and Regional Dean.

In June 2016, the diocese decided to allow legal same-gender marriages.[1]

Early history[edit]

The first Anglican presence in what would become the Diocese of Niagara begin with St Mark’s Church in Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake), the former capital of Upper Canada. The parish was founded in 1790 as Loyalist immigrants arrived from the former American colonies, in what would become the province of Ontario. At this time the area was part of the Diocese of Nova Scotia, and subsequently became part of the Diocese of Quebec, then of the Diocese of Toronto.

The diocese was formed by an act of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada; 39 Vic Chapter 107 in 1875. Royal assent was given in 1876. The first bishop was Thomas Brock Fuller, Archdeacon of Niagara and godson of Sir Isaac Brock, the hero of the Battle of Queenston Heights.

Parishes by Region[edit]

Region of Greater Wellington[edit]

  • St. Alban the Martyr, Acton
  • Grace Church, Arthur
  • St. John, Elora
  • All Saints, Erin
  • St. James, Fergus
  • All Saints Lutheran Anglican Church, Guelph
  • Church of the Apostles (St. James & St. Matthias), Guelph
  • St. George, Guelph
  • St. Paul, Mount Forest
  • St. Mark, Orangeville
  • St. John, Rockwood
  • St. Paul's Anglican Church, Shelburne

Region of Trafalgar[edit]

Grace Anglican Church, Milton, Ontario
St. John Anglican Church, Campbelville, Ontario
  • St. Christopher, Burlington
  • St. Elizabeth, Burlington
  • St. John, Burlington
  • St. Luke, Burlington
  • St. Matthew on-the-Plains, Burlington
  • St. George's, Georgetown
  • St. Alban the Martyr, Glen Williams
  • St. Stephen's, Hornby
  • St. George's Anglican Church Lowville, Campbellville
  • Grace, Milton
  • St. John, Campbellville (Nassagaweya)
  • St. Paul, Norval
  • The Church of the Epiphany, Oakville
  • Church of the Incarnation, Oakville
  • St. Aidan, Oakville
  • St. Cuthbert, Oakville
  • St. Jude, Oakville
  • St. Simon, Oakville
  • St. Luke, Oakville
  • St. John, Stewarttown
  • Grace, Waterdown

Region of Hamilton-Haldimand[edit]

  • St. John, Ancaster
  • St. Paul, Caledonia
  • St. John the Divine, Cayuga
  • St. John, Cheapside
  • St. James, Dundas
  • St. Paul, Dunnville
  • The Dunn Parish: Christ Church & St John the Evangelist, Dunnville
  • Christ Church, Flamborough
  • All Saints Church, Hagersville
  • All Saints, Hamilton
  • Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton
  • Church of the Nativity, Hamilton
  • Church of the Resurrection, Hamilton
  • San Gabriel, Hamilton
  • St. John the Evangelist, Hamilton
  • St. Michael's, Hamilton
  • St. Paul's (Westdale), Hamilton
  • St. Stephen on the Mount, Hamilton
  • St. Paul's, Jarvis
  • The Church of the Ascension, Hamilton
  • St. Paul's (Glanford), Mount Hope
  • The Church of Our Saviour The Redeemer, Stoney Creek
  • St. John the Evangelist, Winona
  • Christ Church, Woodburn (Hannon)
  • St. John Funeral Chapel, York

Region of Lincoln[edit]

  • St. Alban, Beamsville
  • St. Andrew, Grimsby
  • St. John, Jordan
  • Christ Church, McNab
  • St. Mark, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • St. Saviour, The Brock Memorial Church, Queenston
  • St. Luke, Smithville
  • St. Barnabas, St. Catharines
  • St. Columba, St. Catharines
  • St. George, St. Catharines
  • St. John, St. Catharines
  • St. Thomas, St. Catharines
  • Transfiguration, St. Catharines
  • St. John the Evangelist, Thorold

Region of Brock[edit]

  • Holy Trinity, Fonthill
  • St. Paul, Fort Erie
  • Christ Church, Niagara Falls
  • Holy Trinity (Chippawa), Niagara Falls
  • St. John the Evangelist, Niagara Falls
  • The Parish of St. James and St. Brendan, Port Colborne
  • St. John, Ridgemount
  • All Saints, Ridgeway
  • Christ Church, Wainfleet
  • All Saints Church (Dain City), Welland
  • Holy Trinity, Welland
  • St. David, Welland

Educational institutions[edit]

The diocese also has connections to campus ministries at three universities in its jurisdiction. The University of Guelph, Brock University and McMaster University all have chaplains whose ministries are affiliated with the Diocese of Niagara and its ecumenical partners.

Diocesan Bishops of Niagara[edit]

  1. Thomas Fuller, 1875–1884
  2. Charles Hamilton, 1884–1896
  3. Philip Du Moulin, 1896–1911
  4. William Clark, 1911–1925
  5. Derwyn Owen, 1925–1932 Primate of All Canada, 1934–1947
  6. Lewis Broughall, 1932–1949
  7. Walter Bagnall, 1949-1973
  8. John Bothwell, 1973–1991 Archbishop of Niagara and Metropolitan of Ontario, 1985–1991
  9. Walter Asbil, 1991–1997
  10. Ralph Spence, 1998–2008
  11. Michael Bird, 2008–2018
  12. Susan Bell, 2018–present


The Diocese was involved with litigation against several former parishes affiliated with Anglican Network in Canada. The courts have generally upheld the diocese as owner of the church buildings and ejected the illegally assumed leadership.


  1. ^ Niagara, Anglican Diocese of. "Statement After General Synod Vote on the Marriage Canon | News in the Diocese". Archived from the original on 2017-03-09. Retrieved 2016-07-12.

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Coordinates: 43°15′47″N 79°51′58″W / 43.26306°N 79.86611°W / 43.26306; -79.86611