CATHOLICA 200 - Bicentenary of the Catholic Church in Western Canada


And the desert shall blossom

In 2018, the Catholic Church in western and northern Canada will celebrate a momentous anniversary, the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Roman Catholic church in this wide and beautiful, yet also challenging and even at times forbidding land.

From the plains of the southern prairies and parklands, and then beyond the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from the northern forest, rivers, lakes and then beyond the barrens of the Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached and lived.

Read Archbishop LeGatt's complete letter about the significance
and importance of this anniversary.

View the video of Archbishop Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of Saint-Boniface as he speaks to the media, community organizations, and current and future sponsors and partners about the Official Launch of CATHOLICA 200 and the yearlong Jubilee
which will be filled with large and small liturgical and cultural celebrations.

In this anniversary year of 2018, the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface invites all to join in celebrating the story of this land and its peoples as a story of faith and love blessed by God in many and wondrous ways.  The Church established by Bishop Provencher invites all its sister Roman Catholic dioceses of western and northern Canada to give thanks to Jesus Christ for all those women and men of faith, laity, religious and priests who built up the Church over 200 years. 
As we engage ourselves together to be missionary disciples in the

spread of the Gospel today and tomorrow, we remember and honour all the dedication and faithfulness of the years gone by.

The Archdiocese of Saint Boniface also invites its sister Christian Churches, its friends of all faiths and spiritualities and indeed all people of good will to join in celebrating the rich diversity of gifts we bring to and receive from each other.