We are a missionary Catholic archdiocese covering a land mass of 430,000 square kilometers in northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and a small corner of North-West Ontario. The Métis, First Nations of Cree, OjiCree, Dene and non-Native people make up the richness this area. 

Diocesan Statistics for the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas  June 2007

The total area of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas is 430,000 sq. km, serving the northern parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.  The cathedral church is Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in The Pas MB.

Bishops to date: 

  • Bishop Ovide Charlebois OMI 1910-1933 

    • Motto:  "To Jesus through Mary"

  • Bishop Martin Lajeunesse OMI 1933-1954

    • Motto:  "Against hope unto hope"

  • Bishop Paul Dumouchel OMI 1955-1986

    • Motto:  "I will be like a father to them"

  • Bishop Peter Sutton OMI 1986-2006

    •  Motto: "My brother my joy"

  • Bishop Sylvain Lavoie OMI 2006-2012

    • Motto:  "The kingdom of God is among you"

There are 49 missions in the diocese   Saskatchewan-21

                                                         Manitoba........27
                                                         Ontario............1

The first mission was established in Ile-à-la-Crosse in 1860.

The Keewatin vicariate was established in 1910.  

The Keewatin Vicariate became the Archdiocese of Keewatin Le-Pas in 1967.

Total First Nations Catholics in the Archdiocese..........................28,418

Total Métis catholics in the Archdiocese.......................................6,424

Total Caucasian and other catholics in the Archdiocese.............9,511

Total catholic population in the Archdiocese...............................44,353

Total population in the Archdiocese...........................................114,589

Number of Religious personnel

Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI)    11
Diocesan priests                                   3      
Other religious priest                            1 
Sisters                                                    8
Lay personnel                                        6
Average age of clergy                         69 years

The Archbishop travels on gravel roads, winter roads, and pavement, by boat, snow machine and by air when visiting the different missions.  The farthest point west is LaLoche SK.  The distance from the Bishop's House in The Pas MB. to LaLoche SK., by car, is 850 km. with an estimated travel time of 8hrs. 30 min.  In this case, the Archbishop must travel through the diocese of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan.   The farthest point east is Sandy Lake ON.  (Fly-in only) The distance from the Bishop's House to Sandy Lake is combined between a 6 hour car ride to Winnipeg MB. and a one hour plane ride.   The farthest point north is Lac Brochet MB.  It's a 4 hour drive from The Pas to Thompson MB. then an hour flight from Thompson to Lac Brochet.    


 

Diocesan Study Days - September 2007

 

Diocesan Ministers and Pastoral Council - 2005

Front Row: Left to right
Sr. Anne Lewans, Keith Kratchmer*, Fr. Lawrence Demong, Fr. Swami Devaprasad, Sr. Margaret Sadler, 
Bishop Sylvain Lavoie, Fr. Bart Burke, Sr. Carmen Catellier, Fr. Raymond Lemay, Fr. Paul Bringleson

Upper Row - Left to Right
Elaine Poulin, Fr. Pietro Bignami, Sr. Andrea Dumont, Fr. Ed McSheffrey, Jana Sehn, Fr. Noel Boulanger, 
Fr. Denis Bourbonnais, Bernard Wood*, Sr. Maria McMahon, Fr. Bertrand Mathieu, David Doyle, Louis Dubrule*, Harriet Fiddler*, Sydney Fiddler*, Sr. June Ayotte, Audrey Maksymchuk, Fr. Bill Stang, Fr. John Zunti,
Bishop Peter Sutton, Roger Poulin

Statistical history about our Diocese: (External Link)

 


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