Neil McNeil

Most Rev. Neil McNeil
Archbishop of Vancouver (1910 - 1912) Archbishop of Toronto (1912 - 1934)
Province British Columbia / Ontario
Diocese Archdiocese of Vancouver / Archdiocese of Toronto
Enthroned 1910(Vancouver) / 1912(Toronto)
Reign ended 1912(Vancouver) / 1934(Toronto)
Predecessor Augustine Dontenwill
Successor Timothy Casey
Other posts Bishop of Saint George’s, Newfoundland
Ordination 1879 - Priest
Consecration 1895 - Bishop
Personal details
Birth name Neil McNeil
Born November 23, 1851(1851-11-23)
Hillsborough, Canada
Died May 25, 1934(1934-05-25) (aged 82)
Toronto, Canada
Buried St. Augustine's Seminary
Nationality Canadian
Denomination Roman Catholic

Neil McNeil (November 23, 1851 – May 25, 1934) was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver from 1910 to 1912 and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto from 1912 to 1934.


Early life

McNeil was born in Hillsborough, Nova Scotia. He attended Propaganda College in Rome.[1]


In 1879, McNeil was ordained as a priest. In 1880 he was appointed vice-rector of College of St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and had risen to rector by the end of his service in 1891. He was pastor in Arichat and D'Escousse, Nova Scotia before becoming Vicar Apostolic of Western Newfoundland (St. George's) and Titular Bishop of Nilopolis in 1895.[2]

In 1904, McNeil was appointed Bishop of St. George's, Newfoundland.[2]

From 1910 to 1912, McNeil was Archbishop of Vancouver, British Columbia. After only two years, he became Archbishop of Toronto, Ontario, where he served from 1912 to 1934.[2]

Shortly after being appointed as Archbishop, NcNeil was charged with completing St. Augustine's Seminary and the Canadian Catholic Church Extension Society created by his predecessor Fergus Patrick McEvay.

St. Augustine's Seminary

Under McNeil, thirty more parishes were established, including those with non-English speaking immigrants in Toronto. He lobbied for fair taxation for Catholic schools.[1]

McNeil founded the Federation of Catholic Charities when, in 1927, Toronto's umbrella Federation for Community Service refused to continue to fund Roman Catholic charitable institutions.[3]

McNeil died in 1934, while serving as Archbishop of Toronto. He is buried at St. Augustine Seminary.[1]


Under his leadership, the China Mission Seminary, later renamed the Scarboro Foreign Missionary Society, and the Newman Club were established.[1]

Neil McNeil Catholic High School in Toronto was named in his honour.


Religious titles
Preceded by
Michael Francis Howley
Bishop of St. George's, Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Michael Fintan Power
Preceded by
Augustine Dontenwill
Archbishop of Vancouver
Succeeded by
Timothy Casey
Preceded by
Fergus Patrick McEvay
Archbishop of Toronto
Succeeded by
James Charles McGuigan

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