Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario

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For namesakes, see Diocese of London (disambiguation)
Diocese of London, Ontario
Dioecesis Londonensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.svg
The Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical province Ontario
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Toronto
Deaneries 7
Area 21,349 km2 (8,243 sq mi)
The territory comprises the following counties of Ontario: Middlesex, Elgin, Norfolk, Perth, Huron, Lambton, Kent, & Essex.
- Total
- Catholics

444,310 (22.8%)
Parishes 131
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite (or Roman)
Established February 21, 1856
Cathedral St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica
Patron saint The Immaculate Conception
& St. Patrick
Secular priests 169
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro
Metropolitan Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins
Auxiliary Bishops Józef Andrzej Dąbrowski
Emeritus Bishops John Michael Sherlock

The Roman Catholic Diocese of London (Latin: Dioecesis Londonensis) is a Canadian suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Toronto in Ontario.


The diocese was created out of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toronto (now a Metropolitan Archdiocese), along with the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, by Pope Pius IX on February 21, 1856. Pierre-Adolphe Pinsonnault was named the first Bishop of London on May 18 of that year. In 1859, Bishop Pinsoneault moved the seat of the diocese to Sandwich, on the Detroit River; the diocese was transferred back to London in November 1869, under Bishop John Walsh.

The present Cathedral of the Diocese, St. Peter's, was built in a French Gothic Revival style from 1880 to 1885. It was raised to the status of a minor basilica by Pope John XXIII in December, 1961.

The Diocese covers the counties of Middlesex, Elgin, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, Huron, Lambton, Kent and Essex.

The Diocese also runs St. Peter's Seminary, which is now affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

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