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The Chancery, located at the Pastoral Centre, serves as the administrative office of the Bishop and the Diocese. Our dedicated staff members support and serve Catholic parishes, schools, and communities by providing essential services, resources, and ministries.

Cynthia Bouchard  joined the Pastoral Centre team in 2003 and has served as Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria since 2012.

The Chancellor acts in the name of the Bishop and serves as the official ecclesial notary, and head archivist of the Diocese. The Chancellor serves under the authority of the Bishop and coordinates the exercise of administrative responsibilities entrusted to other members of the Chancery serving at the Pastoral Centre.

Other responsibilities include the management and administrative function of gathering, arranging, and safeguarding curial records, and providing administrational service concerning vital statistics, clergy, sacraments, and parish pastoral reports.

The Chancellor coordinates services to priests and deacons in the Diocese, to support and enhance their life and ministry in the Church to the people of God. Together with the Bishop and Priest Personnel Committee, administers the placement of priests, and facilitates orientation for priests who are new to the Diocese. The Chancellor is also delegated to grant permission for visiting speakers and faculties for clergy from outside the Diocese.

ARCHIVES  

The Diocesan Archives is the official repository for the records and artifacts which have historical, cultural, and/or leadership/long term significance to the Diocese in the pursuit of its mission of evangelization. The Archives function under the authority and direction of the Chancellor in compliance with approved policy.

The Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria collects, preserves, conserves, and makes available, as appropriate, those records or materials which reflect the history and tradition of the Church in the Diocese from its beginning in 1846.

Contact the Archives

COMMUNICATIONS  

Through the Communications Coordinator, the Chancery is responsible for sharing the important work of the Diocese with the Catholic community, media, and other partners by living our faith through effective communication.

Publishes the Diocesan Messenger magazine, the Annual Report, and manages all aspects of the Diocesan website, social media, and media communications.

Contact Communications

DIACONATE FORMATION  

The Diocese of Victoria established a program for the Formation of Permanent Deacons in 2013, and the Bishop will ordain the first candidates of the program in the summer of 2018. Deacons are called to exercise a three-fold ministry of service in Word, Liturgy, and Charity in the Diocese.

The Bishop will ordain the first candidates of the program on July 28, 2018.

EVENT PROTOCOL  

Our Event Protocol documentation provides the means to evaluate and approve, where appropriate, visiting lecturers to the Diocese.

Download the Event Protocol Manual (includes Forms)

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY  

The Diocese of Victoria, through its Hospital Chaplain, provides pastoral, spiritual and sacramental care to the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals, as well as to those in the acute care hospitals located in Victoria.

The Hospital Chaplain (Fr. Ian Stuart) is available by calling his pager at (250) 889-3761.

MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL  

The Marriage Tribunal is one part of the Church's effort to express the mercy of Christ by offering hope and healing for those who suffer the consequences of broken marriages. 

Learn more about the Marriage Tribunal

PRISON CHAPLAINCY  

Our Chaplaincy at the William Head Federal Penitentiary.

John and Dana Mellis are our chaplains, who visit weekly.

RESPONSIBLE MINISTRY and SAFE ENVIRONMENT  

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria has implemented a series of policies and procedures to foster responsible ministry in a safe environment for all those who interact with the Catholic Church. We are committed to upholding and promoting the values expressed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and caring for all who make up the body of Christ among us, including children, youth, adults, seniors, and the vulnerable.

Learn more about Responsible Ministry and Safe Environment

UNIVERSITY CHAPLAINCY  

Contact Fr. Dean Henderson, University of Victoria Chaplain.

VOCATIONS  
 

Contact 

 
Diocesan-Crest.pngChancery
Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria
4044 Nelthorpe Street
Victoria BC V8X 2A1

Phone: (250) 479-1331
Email: chancery@rcdvictoria.org

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