Diocese of Victoria
The Catholic Diocese of Victoria comprises the whole of Vancouver Island, the islands off the west coast and the islands to the west of the main shipping channel up the Inside Passage. The Diocese of Victoria ministers to approximately 94,000 Catholics on Vancouver Island.
Bishop Gary Gordon has, in consultation with the Priest Personnel Committee, made the following pastoral appointments, effective July 1, 2015 ... read more
Decree Regarding Closing and Sale of Our Lady Queen of the World Church and Property, Shawnigan Lake, BC
Having received the recommendation of the Pastor and members of the Diocesan Finance Committee, and having consulted with the Priests Consultors of the Diocese of Victoria, and in accordance with canon 1222, §2; I, Gary M. Gordon, Bishop of
the Diocese of Victoria, do hereby decree that Our Lady Queen of the World church located in Shawnigan Lake, BC (hereinafter referred to as OLQW church) be canonically closed and no longer used for divine worship effective July 30, 2015. Read more ...
Laudato Si': On the Care For Our Common Home
"Nothing in this world is indifferent to us."
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘integral ecology’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us”. Read more ...
Immediate Responses to Summary Report by Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Immediately following the presentation of the summary report by Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), on June 2, 2015, the Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan and President of the corporation of Catholic Entities party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement (CEPIRSS), released a statement. CEPIRSS represents 17 dioceses and 37 religious institutes involved in managing and helping to operate the former Indian Residential Schools which were under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada. Read more ...