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Fathers and Theologians of the First Provincial Council of Toronto, 1875 

Group photograph of the participants of the first Roman Catholic Provincial Council in front of St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, ON.  Seated, left to right: Bishop Crinnon, Hamilton; Bishop (later Archbishop of Toronto) Walsh, London; Archbishop Lynch, Toronto; Bishop Jamot, Peterborough; Bishop Duhamel, Ottawa.

The Archdiocese of Toronto has a long and storied history dating back to its inception on December 17, 1841 covering the western half of Upper Canada with Bishop Michael Power appointed as the first Bishop.

If you would like to find more biographical data on current and previous bishops, archbishops, cardinals, parishes or other archival data such as a timeline of the Archdiocese, please visit the Archives Department's website for more information.​