Archbishop's Office 

Archdiocese of St. John's


According to the latest census information (2004), the Archdiocese of St. John's has a Catholic population of 111,000 in 36 parishes, which actually serve 72 churches in smaller communities. 28 parishes have a resident pastor.

The total population of the geographic area covered by the Archdiocese is 213,000. The Roman Catholic population is numbered at 111,000. Thus, 52.1% of the population of the area self-reports as Roman Catholic. There are 37 diocesan priests, of whom 8 are retired and 5 are ministering outside the Archdiocese.

Residing in the Archdiocese, there are 12 religious priests serving within the Archdiocese. Religious priests represent the:

  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

There are 8 male religious, representing:

  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  • Irish Christian Brothers.

There are 193 female religious residing within the Archdiocese. They represent:

  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Who We Are

​Most Reverend Martin William Currie, D.D.
Archbishop of St. John's

7th Archbishop of St. John's and 13th Bishop ​

Born: December 11, 1943​

Ordained to Priesthood: May 12, 1968

Ordained to Episcopate: January 31, 2001

Bishop of Grand Falls-Windsor: 2001-2007

Appointed Archbishop of St. John's: October 18, 2007

Took Canonical possession of the Archdiocese: November 30, 2007 ​

Secretary to the Archbishop​

Mrs. Janet Stead

Executive Assistant to the Archbishop​

Chancellor and Judicial Vicar

Reverend Msgr. Francis Puddister, P.H.

Archdiocesan Judicial Vicar

Reverend Stephen Courtney

Halifax Regional Tribunal Associate Judicial Vicar

Reverend Stephen Courtney

Vicar  General​

Very Reverend Cecil Critch, V.G.

College of Consultors

Archbishop Martin W. Currie, D.D.

Reverend Cecil Critch, V.G.

Msgr. Francis Puddister, Chancellor

Msgr. Joseph Barton

Reverend James Fleming

Reverend Kenneth Walsh

Reverend Jerome Hann

Reverend Patrick Kennedy

Reverend Tony Bidgood

Reverend Jose Joaquin

Deans (Vicars Forane)

St. John's West - South

Reverend Jeff Kolonel

St. John's East

Reverend Paul Lundrigan

St. John's Center

Reverend Patrick Power

Placentia Bay | Salmonier | St. Mary's

Burin Peninsula

Reverend Nelson Boren

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.


Secretary to the Archbishop

Mrs. Janet Stead 

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 230

Fax: (709) 753-5600


Executive Assistant to the Archbishop