Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth

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Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth
Archidioecesis Halifaxiensis-Yarmuthensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth logo.jpg
Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Halifax
Country Canada
Territory Central Nova Scotia
Ecclesiastical province Halifax-Yarmouth
Metropolitan Halifax, Nova Scotia
Area 21,770 km2 (8,410 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
207,900 (28.4%)
Parishes 71
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established February 15, 1842
Cathedral St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Anthony Mancini

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth (Latin: Archidioecesis Halifaxiensis-Yarmuthensis) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese that includes part of the civil province of Nova Scotia.

Its cathedral is a minor basilica: St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Its current diocesan ordinary is Archbishop Anthony Mancini.


On territory originally a part of the Diocese of Quebec, including the whole of Nova Scotia, the future diocese of Halifax, was established on 4 September 1817 as the Apostolic Vicariate of Nova Scotia, a pre-diocesan jurisdiction entitled to a titular bishop and exempt, i.e., directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.

It was promoted to a bishopric on 15 February 1842 and on 22 September 1844 lost territory to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arichat, now its suffragan.

In 1852, Halifax was elevated to an archdiocese.[1]

It lost territory twice more: on 19 February 1953 to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Bermuda Islands and on 6 July 1953 to establish the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yarmouth.

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

In December 2011, the Diocese of Yarmouth was merged back into the Archdiocese of Halifax, creating the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth.,[2] which was renamed by absorbing its title. The former cathedral became the St. Ambrose Co-Cathedral, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Extent and province[edit]

The Archdiocese of Halifax covers 21,770 square kilometers. As of 2006, the archdiocese contained 53 parishes, 64 active diocesan priests, 16 religious priests, and 161,125 Catholics. It also had 243 women religious, 17 religious brothers, and 28 permanent deacons.[3]

The metropolitan archbishop heads an ecclesiastical province which includes the suffragan dioceses of Antigonish and Charlottetown.


(all Roman Rite)

Apostolic Vicars of Nova Scotia
  • Edmund Burke (1817.07.04 – 1820.11.29), Titular Bishop of Sion (1817.07.04 – 1820.11.29)
  • Denis Lyons (1824.08.24 – 1824.10.19 not possessed), Titular Bishop of Tanis (1824.08.24 – 1824.10.19 not possessed)
  • William Fraser (1825.06.03 – 1842.02.15 see below), Titular Bishop of Tanis (1825.06.03 – 1842.02.15)
Suffragan Bishops of Halifax
  • William Fraser (1842.02.15 – 1844.09.27), later Bishop of Arichat (Canada) (1844.09.27 – 1851.10.04)
  • William Walsh (1844.09.21 – 1852.05.04), previously Titular Bishop of Maximianopolis (1842.02.15 – 1844.09.21) & Coadjutor Bishop of Halifax (Canada) (1842.02.15 – 1844.09.21 'see below); promoted the first Metropolitan Archbishop of Halifax (Canada) (1852.05.04 – 1858.08.10)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Halifax
Metropolitan Archbishops of Halifax
  • Anthony Mancini (see above 2009.10.22 – ...)


  1. ^ Kevin Knight (2009). "Archdiocese of Halifax". Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  2. ^ Diocese of Yarmouth joined with Archdiocese of Halifax
  3. ^ David Cheney (14 March 2011). Archdiocese of Halifax page at "Archdiocese of Halifax" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2011-05-10. 

Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°38′40″N 63°34′24″W / 44.6444°N 63.5733°W / 44.6444; -63.5733