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Who We Are
Geography :: Regions and Zones :: Ethnic Diversity :: Statistics

Within the Archdiocese of Toronto, you will find a family of faith that is alive and at work in our community. Comprised of nearly 1.9 million Catholics, 225 parishes and 4 missions, the Archdiocese is led by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, and assisted by Auxiliary Bishops, Most Reverend John A. Boissonneau, Most Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Most Reverend Vincent Nguyen.

First separated from the Archdiocese of Kingston, the Diocese of Toronto was erected on December 17, 1841. Less than 30 years later, after rapid expansion, on March 18, 1870, the Diocese became the Archdiocese of Toronto.

As a family of faith, we celebrate Mass for 36 ethnic and linguistic communities every week making the Archdiocese of Toronto one of the most ethnically diverse Catholic dioceses in the world. Together with our clergy, parishes, volunteers, Archdiocesan employees and the entire Catholic community, we are a family living out our faith, ready to act, serve and grow together in God’s love.

For a history of the Archdiocesan Coat of Arms, click here

For a timeline of historical events, courtesy of
Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT), click here

For a timeline of Toronto’s Auxiliary Bishops, courtesy of ARCAT, click here

For a timeline of Toronto's Archbishops, courtesy of ARCAT, click here

Geography

The Archdiocese covers a geographic region of the Great Lakes area, which stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario north to Georgian Bay. In total, the area covers some 13,000 square kilometers, comprised of intensely urban and suburban regions and also small cities, towns and rural areas.

The Archdiocese of Toronto includes the City of Toronto, the most populous metropolis in the country and the growing regional municipalities of Peel, York and Durham that surround the City. As the regional municipalities expand, the northern section of the Archdiocese, Simcoe County, is also experiencing notable suburban growth.

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Regions and zones

The Archdiocese of Toronto is divided into four pastoral regions comprising 14 pastoral zones. The four pastoral regions which divide the Archdiocese are the Central, Northern, Eastern and Western Regions. The zones are made up of parishes within a geographical boundary.

For a list of Regions and Pastoral Zones, click here
(please note: click on a zone to find parishes in that region of the Archdiocese)

To find your parish, click here

For a backgrounder on parish boundaries and church buildings, click here

Ethnic Diversity

Established in 1841, essentially for the Irish and Anglo-Saxon Catholics, the Archdiocese grew as a multicultural mosaic of ethnicities and denominations. This growth was fuelled after the Second World War with large numbers of overseas immigrants.

Toronto and its surrounding suburban centers continue to be the largest growing urban area in Canada for migration. To accommodate the diversity of nationalities wishing to practice their faith, the Archdiocese of Toronto offers religious services in a variety of languages.

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Statistics for the Archdiocese of Toronto

Statistics

Population

All Residents

Catholic Population

Canada

33,212,696

12,974,402

Archdiocese of Toronto

5,451,711

1,853,582

Archdiocese of Toronto

Archbishop

1

Auxiliary Bishops 3

Diocesan Priests

401

Religious Priests

434

Permanent Deacons

131

Brothers

52

Sisters

559

Parishes

223

Missions 21

Catholic School Boards

6

Catholic Elementary Schools

494

Catholic Secondary Schools

100

Catholic Institutes of Higher Education

1

Sacraments/Rites of the Catholic Church

Total Baptisms

16,562

Under one year of age

11,795

One to seven years of age

1,635

Over seven years

3,138

First Communion

17,605

Confirmations

17,843

Marriages

4,471

Holy Orders (priesthood)

6

Holy Orders (permanent diaconate)

0 (not an ordination year)

Funerals

6,018

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Sources:
Sacramental Statistics 2010
Statistics – Archdiocese of Toronto 2011
Canadian Catholic Church Directory 2011
Directory – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops 2011


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