Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario

Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario
Diocese of London, Ontario
Dioecesis Londonensis
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical province Toronto
Area 21,349 km2 (8,243 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite (or Roman)
Established February 21, 1856
Cathedral St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica
Patron saint The Immaculate Conception
& St. Patrick
Current leadership
Bishop Most Rev. Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB

The Roman Catholic Diocese of London (Latin: Dioecesis Londonensis) was created out of the Diocese of Toronto, along with the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, by Pope Pius IX on February 21, 1856. Pierre-Adolphe Pinsoneault was named the first Bishop of London on May 18 of that year. In 1859, Bishop Pinsoneault moved the seat of the diocese to Sandwich, on the Detroit River; the diocese was transferred back to London in November 1869, under Bishop John Walsh.

The present Cathedral of the Diocese, St. Peter's, was built in a French Gothic Revival style from 1880 to 1885. It was raised to the status of a minor basilica by Pope John XXIII in December, 1961. The Diocese also runs St. Peter's Seminary, which is now affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. The Diocese covers the counties of Middlesex, Elgin, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, Huron, Lambton, Kent, and Essex.


Bishops of London

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