Important dates in the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto, as well as contemporary events that affected the development of the local Catholic Church:
Catholic settlers in Ontario number about 170.*
*ARCAT, Bishop Macdonell Fonds, M CG01.02, letter from Rev. Alexander Macdonell to Bishop Plessis, May 10, 1806.
Upper Canada is transferred from the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Québec to the new Bishop of Kingston, Alexander Macdonell.
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October 6-9: First Toronto diocesan synod is held to establish the policies and regulations to govern the new diocese and its 25,000 Catholics.*
* From Censuses of Canada, 1665-1871, vol. 4 of Census of Canada, 1870-1871 (Ottawa: I.B. Taylor, 1876) and Documentary History of Education in Upper Canada, ed. J.G. Hodgins (Toronto: L.K. Cameron, 1900). See Appendix 3 of Mark G. McGowan's Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005).
March 29: The Diocese of Toronto is incorporated as the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation for the Diocese of Toronto, in Canada.*
*Statutes of the Province of Canada, 1845. An Act to Incorporate the Roman Catholic Bishops of Toronto and Kingston, in Canada, in each Diocese (pp. 499-502).
Bishop Lynch holds a diocesan synod to solidify the regulations governing the 40,000 Catholics in his care.*
* The Metropolitan Catholic Almanac and Laity's Directory for the United States, Canada, and the British Provinces (Baltimore: John Murphy and Co., 1861), p. 246.
Archbishop Lynch establishes a seminary in St. John's Grove (located on the property of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish).
Catholic population is 57,000.*
* ARCAT, Letterbooks, LB05.043, Statistical Report, October 16, 1886.
St. Michael's Hospital is founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Catholic population is 65,000, served by 85 parishes and missions.*
*Hoffmann's Catholic Directory (Milwaukee: Hoffman Company, 1899), p. 43.
Catholic population is 70,000 and Archbishop McEvay has created seven new parishes, bringing the total number of churches to 92; he has also built 10 church buildings and a new archiepiscopal residence.*
*Catholic Directory, Almanac and Clergy List (Milwaukee: Wiltzius Company, 1911), p. 55.
Catholic population is 75,000, served by 100 parishes and missions.*
*The Ontario Catholic Year Book and Directory (Toronto: Newman Club Toronto, 1918), p. 40.
Catholic population is 125,000, served by 119 parishes and missions.*
*The Official Catholic Directory Anno Domini 1929 (New York: P.J. Kennedy and Sons, 1929), p. 61.
Catholic population is 165,000* and the number of parishes and missions has grown to 126.**
*The Official Catholic Directory Anno Domini 1935 (New York: P.J. Kennedy and Sons, 1935), p. 47. **Hoffmann's Catholic Directory (Milwaukee: Hoffman Company, 1899), p. 43.
Catholic population is 197,000, served by 158 parishes and missions.*
*Le Canada Ecclésiastique: Annuaire du Clergé 1949 (Montréal: Librairie Beauchemin, 1949) p. 388.
Catholic population is 365,000, served by 153 parishes and missions.*
*ARCAT, Diocesan Quinquennial Reports, 1959.
The Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, is held.
Catholic population is 750,000, served by 203 parishes and missions.*
*ARCAT, Diocesan Quinquennial Reports, 1973.
By 1978 the Catholic population is 900,000 and 45 new parishes had been built for a total of 210 parishes and missions.*
*Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Directory 1979 (Ottawa: Concacan Inc., 1979), p. 78.
Catholic population is 1,214,000, served by 214 parishes, missions and chapels.*
*Canadian Catholic Church Directory 1985-1986 (Montréal: B.M. Advertising Inc., 1985), p. 218.
Cardinal Carter celebrates a triple anniversary: 75th birthday; 50th year as a priest; and 25th year as a bishop.
Catholic population is 1,337,000,* served by 233 parishes, missions and chapels.**
*Canadian Catholic Church Directory 1985-1986 (Montréal: B.M. Advertising Inc., 1985), p. 218. **ARCAT, Diocesan Quinquennial Reports, 1992.