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The Archdiocese of Ottawa

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:

Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa

Mgr Terrence Prendergast, s.j.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.


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News and Events

Come Join the Cathedral Children's Choir

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..

Adoration - First Friday of the month
Adoration in the church after the 12:15 mass until the 5:00 p.m. mass.

Confessions are held 15 minutes before each mass

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.

Office Hours
The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gourmet Fruitcakes, Made by the Cistercian Monks
Cakes are now available in the parish office. Only the small loaf cake is available for $15. Proceeds go to assist the Monastery and Campaign Life Coalition.

Collection to help prepare Christmas Baskets
The Knights of Columbus of Notre Dame Cathedral are organizing a food drive from November 8, 2015 to December 6, 2015 to help the needy people in our community. Your generous support will enable us to help many families and spread joy during Christmas time. Please place your non-perishable food items at the back in the Cathedral.

Confessions During Advent
A Eucharistic adoration will be held December 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Priests will be available during this time to celebrate the sacrament of penance with you. Priests will also be available to hear confessions half an hour before each mass on December 19 and December 20.

Midnight Mass Tickets
There will be no tickets for midnight mass this year (first come, first served).

European Union Christmas Concert
To celebrate the holidays in European style, the European Commission delegation and the Diplomatic Missions of the Member States of the European Union, invite you to attend a Christmas Concert featuring European Christmas Carols and Songs sung by various Ottawa Choirs.. The concert will be held on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free-will offering.

Advent and Christmas Carol Concert
Sunday, December 20 at 2:30 p.m. Come celebrate with the Cathedral Choirs, the Children's Choir, the Women's Choir and the Cathedral Brass.

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