Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

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Archdiocese of Edmonton
Archidioecesis Edmontonensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.svg
The Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Edmonton
Country  Canada
Ecclesiastical province Alberta
Metropolitan Edmonton, Alberta
Area 81,151 km2 (31,333 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics

368,545 (23.7%)
Parishes 129
Schools 10
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1912-11-30
Cathedral St. Joseph's Basilica
Secular priests 96
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Richard William Smith
Auxiliary Bishops Gregory Bittman
Emeritus Bishops Joseph MacNeil

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton (Latin: Archidioecesis Edmontonensis) is a Latin metropolitan archdiocese in the Canadian civil province of Alberta.

The archbishop's cathedral see is located in St. Joseph Cathedral, a minor basilica in Edmonton, Alberta.

On March 22, 2007, Vatican Information Services announced that a Halifax native, Bishop Richard William Smith of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pembroke, Canada, had been appointed as Archbishop of Edmonton by Pope Benedict XVI.

On Saturday, July 14, 2012, an official news release from Vatican Information Service (VIS), an arm of the Holy See Press Office, stated that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Gregory Bittman who, until then had been serving as the Judicial Vicar and as Archdiocesan Chancellor, as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and Titular Bishop of Caltadria.[1]

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Its suffragan sees are :


Established on 22 September 1871 as the Diocese of St Albert (Latin Sancti Alberti), on territory split off from the then Diocese of Saint-Boniface, to which it lost territory again in 1889 (meanwhile Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface)

Promoted on 1912.11.30 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Edmonton / Edmontonen(sis) (Latin), having lost territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary as its first suffragan.

Lost territory again on 1948.07.17 to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Paul, Alberta, which became its second suffragan.

It enjoyed a Papal visit from Pope John Paul II in September 1984.

Diocesan episcopate[edit]

(all Roman rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Edmonton
Metropolitan Archbishops of Edmonton

Statistics and extent[edit]

The archdiocese (not including its suffragan dioceses) covers Central Alberta, Edmonton Capital Region and the middle and upper half of the Alberta's Rockies region.

As of 2014, it pastorally served 640,813 Catholics (38.0% of 1,686,345 total) on 81,151 km² in 124 parishes and 5 missions with 168 priests (75 diocesan, 93 religious), 25 deacons, 318 lay religious (111 brothers, 207 sisters) and 5 seminarians

In 2010 the archdiocese contains 129 parishes and missions, 96 diocesan priests, 85 religious priests, and 368,545 Catholics. It also has 278 women religious, 18 religious brothers, and 14 permanent deacons.

Edmonton parishes[edit]

Rural parishes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°32′26″N 113°30′59″W / 53.54056°N 113.51639°W / 53.54056; -113.51639