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Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (web site)
Founded 1788
See City Halifax
Parishes 130
Congregations 305
Clergy 132
Population 76,500
The first recorded celebration of Holy Communion in Nova Scotia took place in 1710 in Annapolis Royal. However, it was not until 1788, after the American Revolution, that Letters Patent from George III established the Diocese of Nova Scotia with its See City in Halifax. The original boundaries of the diocese included what is now the Civil provinces of Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. With the establishment of the Diocese of Quebec in 1793, the diocesan boundaries began to diminish to its present size, which include the Civil provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Diocesan Synod was instituted in 1863. Currently, there are 130 parishes with 300 congregations in the 2 provinces.

The first Bishop to serve in the Diocese of Nova Scotia was Charles Inglis (1734-1816). He was born in Ireland and served as a priest in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. As a Loyalist, he was compelled to leave New York during the American Revolution and returned to England. Inglis was appointed by Letters Patent of George III to be Bishop of the newly-formed See of Nova Scotia, and was consecrated in 1787. His Episcopal jurisdiction included what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Among his achievements include the establishment of King's College School in 1788 and the University of King's College in 1789.

Fredericton (web site)
Founded 1845
See City Fredericton
Parishes 103
Congregations 187
Clergy 89
Population 35,000
Originally part of the Diocese of Nova Scotia, the Diocese of Fredericton now includes the territory of the civil province of New Brunswick.

Quebec (web site)
Founded 1793
See City Quebec City
Parishes 34
Congregations 93
Clergy 32
Population 8,000
Originally including the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada (Quebec and Ontario), the Diocese of Quebec currently comprises the Eastern part of the civil province of Quebec, including the Eastern Townships, Gaspé, Magdalen Islands, Beauce, Saguenay, Lower North Shore and the Quebec City region.

Montreal (web site)
Founded 1850
See City Montreal
Parishes 73
Congregations 121
Clergy 76
Population 21,500
The Diocese of Montreal includes the city of Montreal and surrounding territory. It comprises part of the Eastern Townships, Montérégie, Laval, Lanaudière, and Laurentians.

Western Newfoundland (web site)
Founded 1976
See City Corner Brook
Parishes 32
Congregations 88
Clergy 38
Population 45,000
Founded in 1839, the Diocese of Newfoundland originally included Bermuda until 1917. In 1975 the diocese was divided into three new dioceses: Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Central Newfoundland and Western Newfoundland.

Central Newfoundland (web site)
Founded 1976
See City Gander
Parishes 30
Congregations 117
Clergy 34
Population 34,000
Founded in 1839, the Diocese of Newfoundland originally included Bermuda until 1917. In 1975 the diocese was divided into three new dioceses: Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Central Newfoundland and Western Newfoundland.

Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador (web site)
Founded 1976
See City St John's
Parishes 42
Congregations 90
Clergy 60
Population 62,000
Founded in 1839, the Diocese of Newfoundland originally included Bermuda until 1917. In 1975 the diocese was divided into three new dioceses: Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Central Newfoundland and Western Newfoundland.
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