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Our History

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


Timeline of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Biographies of past Ordinaries of Toronto

Biographies of past Auxiliary Bishops of Toronto


Black-and-white group of bishops and priests in episcopal dress in front of St. Michael's Cathedral.

Group photograph of the participants of the first Roman Catholic Provincial Council in front of St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, 1875.  

Seated, left to right: Bishop Crinnon of Hamilton; Bishop (later Archbishop of Toronto) Walsh of London; Archbishop Lynch of Toronto; Bishop Jamot of Peterborough; Bishop Duhamel of Ottawa. 

[Archives of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, PH 04/10P]