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 Neil MacNeil

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton (Latin: Archidioecesis Edmontonensis) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese in the Province of Alberta. Its suffragan dioceses are Calgary and Saint Paul. Historically, the archdiocese was preceded by the Diocese of St Albert which was erected in 1871. In 1912 the present archdiocese was erected. The Archdiocese covers Central Alberta, Edmonton Capital Region and the middle and upper half of the Alberta's Rockies region.

As of 2010, the archdiocese (not including its 2 suffragan dioceses) 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. The archbishop's cathedra is located in St. Joseph Cathedral 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-elect 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 Father 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]

Diocesan Bishops[edit]

The Archdiocese was created in 1912. The following is a list of the bishops and archbishops of Edmonton, including auxiliary bishops, and their terms of service:

Edmonton Parishes[edit]

Rural parishes[edit]


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