History of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s

(Incorporated May 12, 1897)

Erected

Prefecture Apostolic of Newfoundland, May 30, 1784, by Pope Clement XIV

Vicariate Apostolic of Newfoundland, January 5, 1796, by Pope Clement XIV

Diocese of Newfoundland, June 4, 1847, by Pope Pius IX

Archdiocese and Metropolitan See, February 7, 1904, by Pope Pius X


Former Bishops and Archbishops

Archbishop-Brendan-O'Brien

2001 - 2007

Most Reverend Brendan M. O’Brien, S.T.D.

Ordained to Episcopate June 29, 1987

Ottawa, Ontario Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa, Ontario, 1987-1993

Bishop of Pembroke: 1993-2000

Appointed Archbishop of St. John’s December 2000

Took possession of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Jan 29, 2001

Transferred to Kingston, Ontario, July 23, 2007


Archbishop-James-MacDonald

1991 - 2001

Most Reverend James H. MacDonald, C.S.C.

Consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton, Ontario, April 17, 1978

Bishop of Charlottetown, P.E.I., 1981- Feb 1, 1991

Appointed Archbishop of St. John’s, Feb 2, 1991

Took possession of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Feb 2, 1991

Retired January 29, 2001


Archbishop-James-MacDonald

1979 - 1990

Most Reverend Alphonsus L. Penney, D.D.

Consecrated Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland, January 18,1973

Appointed Archbishop of St. John’s, April 5, 1979

Took possession of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, May 31, 1979

Resigned as Archbishop, February 2, 1991


Archbishop-Patrick-Skinner

1951 - 1979

Most Reverend Patrick J. Skinner, C.J.M., D.D.

Consecrated Titular Bishop of Zenobia, March 17, 1950

Named Auxiliary to the Archbishop of St. John’s

Nominated Archbishop of St. John’s, January 23, 1951

Took possession of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, March 22, 1951

Retired April 25, 1979

Died September 20, 1988


Archbishop Thomas J Flynn

1945 - 1949

Most Reverend Thomas John Flynn, D.D.

Coadjutor to the Archbishop of St. John’s with the right of succession

Consecrated June 24, 1945

Died September 1, 1949


Archbishop Thomas J Flynn

1915 - 1950

Most Reverend Edward Patrick Roche, D.D.

Consecrated June 29, 1915

Died September 23, 1950


Bishop-Michael-Howley

1894 - 1914

Most Reverend Michael Francis Howley, D.D.

Appointed Vicar Apostolic of the West Coast of Newfoundland and Bishop of Amastris, April 29, 1892

Consecrated June 24, 1892

Appointed Bishop of St. John’s, December 21, 1894

Died October 15, 1914


Aux-Bishop-Francis-Brennan

1893 - 1894

Most Reverend Thomas Francis Brennan, D.D. (Auxiliary Bishop)

Named Titular Bishop of Utila, February 1, 1893

Recalled to Rome when Archbishop Howley succeeded to the See

Retired to Monastery Grottaferrata

Died March 21, 1916. Buried at Frascatti, Italy


Bishop-Michael-Howley

1870 - 1893

Right Reverend Thomas James Power, D.D. 

Bishop of St. John’s, June 12, 1870

Died December 4, 1893


Bishop-Michael-Howley

1850 - 1869

Right Reverend John Thomas Mullock, O.S.F. 

Coadjutor to Bishop Fleming, December 27, 1847

Succeeded as Bishop of Newfoundland, July 14, 1850

Bishop of St. John’s, February 29, 1856

Died March 29, 1869


Bishop-Michael-Howley

1830 - 1850

Right Reverend Michael Anthony Fleming, O.S.F. 

Coadjutor to Bishop Scallon, October 28, 1829

Succeeded as Vicar Apostolic of Newfoundland, May 30, 1830

Bishop of Newfoundland, June 4, 1847

Died July 14, 1850


Bishop-Thomas-Scallan

1816 - 1830

Most Reverend Thomas Scallon, O.S.F

Coadjutor Bishop to Bishop Lambert, May 1, 1816

Succeeded as Vicar Apostolic of Newfoundland, Sept. 23, 1816

Died May 30, 1830


Bishop-Patrick-Lambert

1807 - 1816

Right Reverend Patrick Lambert, O.S.F.

​Coadjutor Bishop to Bishop O’Donel, August 2, 1805

Succeeded as Vicar Apostolic January 1, 1807

Died September 23, 1816​


Bishop-James-O'Donel

1784 - 1806

Right Reverend James O'Donel, O.S.F.

Prefect Apostolic of Newfoundland May 30, 1784

​Appointed Vicar Apostolic of Newfoundland, January 5, 1796

Consecrated Bishop, September 21, 1796

Resigned December 31, 1806

Died April 1, 1811​

Contact Us

Office of the Archbishop

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

P.O. Box 37

St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Fax: (709) 753-5600

The Archbishop

Archbishop Martin W. Currie,  D.D.

Email: abpcurrie@rcsj.org​

Secretary to the Archbishop

Mrs. Janet Stead 

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 230

Fax: (709) 753-5600

Email: jstead@rcsj.org​

Executive Assistant to the Archbishop

Ms. Anne Walsh 

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 233

Fax: (709) 753-5600

Email: awalsh@rcsj.org​

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