Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish

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Diocese of Antigonish
Dioecesis Antigonicensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish.svg
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Antigonish
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical province Halifax
- Catholics

129,905 (56.4%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 23, 1886
Cathedral St. Ninian's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
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 province, Canada.


It had been established on 22 September 1844, on territory split off from the Diocese of Halifax, under the name of Roman Catholic Diocese of Arichat, having its first cathedral (now Église Notre Dame de l’Assomption) in that natural port town, Arichat.

On 23 August 1886, it was renamed as Diocese of Antigonish, where it got its present episcopal see, St. Ninian’s Cathedral.

2009-2010 Apostolic Administration[edit]

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).[1] The bishop plead guilty to child pornography charges and was jailed.[2]

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.[3]


The Diocese of Antigonish covers 18,800 square kilometers, comprising the counties of Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond and Cape Breton.

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 Bishop of Antigonish serves ex officio as Chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University.

Diocesan suffragan bishops[edit]

The following is a list of the bishops, all Roman Rite, and their terms of service:

suffragan bishops of Arichat
suffragan bishops of Antigonish


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Charge against Kansas City bishop the temper of the times, by John L Allen Jr, Oct. 15, 2011, National Catholic Reporter
  3. ^ a b "New N.S. bishop named to replace Lahey". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ DCB/DBC Staff, John Beadle Graphic Designer. "Biography – FRASER, WILLIAM – Volume VIII (1851-1860) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ DCB/DBC Staff, John Beadle Graphic Designer. "Biography – MacKINNON, COLIN FRANCIS – Volume X (1871-1880) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ DCB/DBC Staff, John Beadle Graphic Designer. "Biography – CAMERON, JOHN (1827-1910) – Volume XIII (1901-1910) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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Coordinates: 45°37′12″N 61°59′37″W / 45.6201°N 61.9935°W / 45.6201; -61.9935