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Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

Dioecesis Mackenziensis-Arcis Smith

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  • Jon Paul Christian Hansen, C.SS.R., Bishop
  • Denis Croteau, O.M.I., Bishop Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Elevated: 13 July 1967
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Province: Northwest Territories
  • Country: Canada
  • Square Kilometers: 1,523,400 (588,413 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: West (Ouest)
  • Catholic Directory Abbreviation: McK
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Évêché, 5117-52nd Street, Yellowknife, NT X1A 1T7, Canada
  • Telephone: (867)920-2129
  • Fax: 873-9021

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
3 July 1901SplitVicariate Apostolic of Athabaska Mackenzie Vicariate Apostolic of Athabaska
Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
19 June 1903Metropolitan ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie (to Vancouver Island)
9 March 1908Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
Diocese of New Westminster
Prefecture Apostolic of Yukon (erected)
30 November 1912Metropolitan ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Athabaska (from Saint-Boniface)
Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie (from Saint-Boniface)
15 July 1925Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Golfe St-Laurent (Northern part)
Vicariate Apostolic of Keewatin (Northern part)
Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie (Eastern part)
Prefecture Apostolic of Baie d’Hudson {Hudson Bay} (erected)
15 March 1927Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Athabaska (East of 113 longitude) Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
13 February 1960Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Keewatin
Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith
13 July 1967ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith (Name Changed and Vicariate raised to a Diocese)
12 May 1979Territory LostDiocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith (Territory between 55 and 58 degree latitude and 110 and 113 longitude) Diocese of Saint Paul in Alberta
2 April 2012Territory LostDiocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith (Fort Chipewyan) Diocese of Saint Paul in Alberta


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Mackenzie
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 19, Page 267, and Page 268
  • Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 59, Page 1,114, to Page 1,116


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