Roman Catholic Diocese of Timmins

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Diocese of Timmins
Dioecesis Timminsensis
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical province Ontario
- Catholics

48,600 (55.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 10 December 1938
Cathedral St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Serge Poitras

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Timmins (Latin: Dioecesis Timminsensis) (erected 21 September 1908, as the Vicariate Apostolic of Temiskaming) is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. It was elevated as the Diocese of Haileybury on 31 December 1915 and renamed as the Diocese of Timmins (English for Temiskaming, an Algonquin name) on 10 December 1938.


The Vicariate Apostolic of Temiskaming was set up bounded on the north by Hudson Bay and the Great Whale River; on the south by the height of land, or watershed, except in the Temiskaming district, where the southern boundary is 47° N. lat.; on the east by 72° W. long and on the west by 91° W long. It was erected on 22 Sept., 1908, by dividing the Diocese of Pembroke.

Father de Bellefeuille, S.S., and Father Dupuy of Montreal, first preached the Gospel here in 1836. Annual visits were made, missions being held at the Hudson's Bay Company's trading posts. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were given charge in 1843. Father Laverlochere was the first of these missionaries. They established a residence at Fort Temiskaming in 1863, but removed to Ville Marie in 1886.

Haileybury, Ontario was the residence of the first vicar Apostolic, Elie-Anicet Latulipe. He was born at St. Anicet, Province of Quebec, 3 August 1859. Ordained on 30 May 1885, he was successively curate at St. Henri, Montreal, chaplain at the convents of the Good Shepherd, Montreal, and St. Anne's, Lachine, rector of Pembroke Cathedral, and pastor of Haileybury. He was named Titular Bishop of Catenna and first Vicar-Apostolic of Temiskaming on 1 October 1908, and consecrated on 30 November 1908.[1]


Territorial losses[edit]

Year Along with To form
1919 Prefecture Apostolic of Northern Ontario
1938 Diocese of Amos
1938 Vicariate Apostolic of Northern Ontario Vicariate Apostolic of Baie James
1973 Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda


  1. ^ Wikisource:Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)/Temiskaming


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Temiskaming". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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