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's Lenten Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Peace is not simply the absence of warfare,
based on a precarious balance of power.
It must be built daily, and it must strive towards
a more perfect justice among human beings.
(Populorum Progressio, 65)
As we approach the Season of Lent, we are reminded that the bishops of Canada have traditionally set aside this time as an opportunity for Catholics in Canada to learn about, pray for, and concretely support their sisters and brothers in the Global South. The Catholic Church in Canada has done this with the assistance of its official international solidarity and development arm, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, through the annual Share Lent campaign... read more
Video message by CCCB President Archbishop Durocher for 2015 CCODP Share Lent Collection
This coming March 22 is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, also known as Solidarity Sunday, which is reserved in most Canadian parishes for the Share Lent Collection. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has made available on its YouTube account the video message for the 2015 Share Lent campaign by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his message, Archbishop Durocher recalls that this campaign across Canada is part of "the Caritas Internationalis global campaign launched by the Holy Father. This campaign is a response to the fact that one out of every nine of God's children still suffer from hunger – close to one billion people on our planet."
Statement by CCCB President on Supreme Court Judgment and Physician-assisted Suicide
Catholics are called by their faith to assist all those in need, particularly the poor, the suffering and the dying. Comforting the dying and accompanying them in love and solidarity has been considered by the Church since its beginning a principal expression of Christian mercy... read more