Here are important dates in the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto, as well as contemporary events that affected the development of the local Catholic Church in the 2000s.
Year of the Great Jubilee celebrating the third Christian millennium.
November 5: Official Blessing of
St. Paul's Church as a Minor Basilica.
July 23-28: World Youth Day in Toronto, presided over by Pope John Paul II.
November 16:Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute (CCBI) is officially opened.
April 6: Cardinal Carter dies and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill.
April: Cardinal Ambrozic attends the conclave which elects Pope Benedict XVI.
December 16: Pope Benedict XVI accepts the resignation of Cardinal Ambrozic and appoints
Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins as the tenth Archbishop of Toronto. Under his administration, the following Auxiliary Bishops are appointed: William McGrattan (2010-2014); Vincent Nguyen (2010-Present);
Wayne Kirkpatrick (2012-Present);
Robert Kasun (2016-Present).
February 18: Archbishop Collins is elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals.
February: Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation for the end of the month, becoming the first pope to resign since 1415.
March: Cardinal Collins attends the conclave which elects Pope Francis
September 29: Official Blessing and Rededication of the renovated St. Michael’s Cathedral as a Minor Basilica.
The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada’s largest diocese, stretching from Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. Serving the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Catholic population of over 1.9 million are: 225 parishes, 19 missions and various chaplaincies; 399 diocesan priests; 129 permanent deacons; as well as 91 religious orders comprised of 434 priests, 55 brothers and 538 sisters.*
* Statistics on number of parishes, missions, priests, permanent deacons and religious order personnel compiled from internal Chancery Information System (CIS) database reports. Catholic population compiled from:
Statistics Canada. National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 National Household Survey (accessed August 26, 2013).