The Archdiocese of Ottawa has 165 diocesan and 103 religious priests, 898 religious brothers and sisters, 55 permanent deacons and an ever-growing number of lay pastoral workers serving a multicultural Catholic population of 364,285 in 114 parishes and missions. If you would like to know more about the Archdiocese, please click here: www.catholicottawa.ca
Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa
A native of Montreal, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from Toronto School of Theology and a Licentiate in Theology from Regis College.
Archbishop Prendergast taught in Halifax at Atlantic School of Theology from 1975-1981, then was Rector of Toronto's Regis College from 1981-87 and Dean of Theology from 1991-1994. In 1988-89, he lectured as Daniel Hannin Professor at Campion College, University of Regina. From 1992-1994, he served as Executive Secretary of the Vatican's Apostolic Visitation of Canadian seminaries (English sector). When nominated bishop in 1995, he was Catholic Biblical Association of America Visiting Professor at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jerusalem. Named Titular Bishop of Slebte and Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on February 22, 1995, Archbishop Prendergast received episcopal ordination in St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, on April 25, 1995. Appointed eleventh Archbishop of Halifax on June 30th, 1998, he was installed in St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica on September 14th that year.
In January 2002, he became Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Yarmouth. He is the Canadian member of Vox Clara, an advisory commission to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on the English translation of the Roman Missal. In the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, he has served on its Permanent Council, been a member of the Commission for Relations with Associations of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity, co-chair of the national Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue, a director of the Catholic Office for Life and the Family, and is now serving a third time on the Doctrinal Commission (formerly the Theology Commission). Archbishop Prendergast was named tenth Bishop and ninth Archbishop of Ottawa by Pope Benedict XVI on May 14, 2007. He was installed on June 26, 2007.
The Blessed Sacrament will be present in the chapel after the 5 PM Mass on Thursdays and in the Church, every 1st Friday of the month after the 12:15 mass until 5:00 p.m..
A Brief History and Parishes of the Archdiocese of Ottawa – 125 years
This hard cover book, containing 256 glossy paper pages with full colour throughout, shows some of the dynamic life and activities of our parishes. It is currently available at the office at a cost of $35 each.
Confessions are held 15 minutes before each mass
Anniversary of the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica Dedication
We are celebrating this year the 161st anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral (1853) with 2 sung Masses on Thursday, September 4th. The importance of the cathedral church in the liturgical life of the diocese flows from the role of the Bishop as high priest of the Lord’s flock. Every parish community is related to the Bishop, and therefore the anniversary of the cathedral church’s dedication as a place of worship is celebrated throughout the diocese.
Annual Archbishop's Charity Dinner
Please note the date in your calendar: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Hampton Inn Ottawa and Conference Centre. This year, Archbishop Prendergast would like designate Multifaith Housing and the Bruyère Village as this year’s beneficiaries. Tickets are $130 each ($60 income tax receipt for individual purchases) and $1,170 for a table of nine. If you wish to be seated at the Notre Dame Cathedral table please call the office at 613-241-7496.
La Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame/Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica 2013