Roman Catholic Churches In Calgary
Mirror The Diversity Of The City

Photo Courtesy St Mary's Cathedral
RC Pope BenedictXVI

Roman Catholic churches in Calgary mirror the diversity of the city, constituting a wide-ranging presence that represents many ethnicities and languages.

Bishop Frederick Henry presides over the RC Diocese of Calgary,

headquartered at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 219-18 Avenue Southwest.

Completed in 1957, St. Mary's Cathedral is the focal point of a parish whose

history dates back to the nineteenth century.

In 1873, Father Constantine Scollen founded the first mission

in southern Alberta, Our Lady of Peace Mission.


Over the years, the mission underwent many changes in name, location, and leadership,

and the efforts of the early Calgarians culminated in the building of

St. Mary’s Cathedral in the site it presently shares with the church and rectory.

Today's RC Diocese of Calgary includes more than three dozen churches

conducting services in a number of languages and offering programs that

extend beyond the traditional masses and ceremonies.

The diocese administers some of these programs through its

Life and Family Resource Center,

which addresses issues at different stages in married life.

Engaged Encounter

is a weekend retreat that helps engaged couples in Calgary prepare for marriage,


For Better and For Ever

assists couples in specific circumstances, such as those who have been previously married

or who are beginning marriage with children.

Marriage Encounter

is a retreat weekend for married couples that encourages marriage enrichment,

and Transitions

is a fifteen-week support program for recently separated and divorced parishioners.

In addition to these marriage-centered programs, there are many more for parishioners in general.

Beyond Transitions

sponsors educational and social activities throughout the year

to foster Christian kinship and support.

These include a Lenten movie and popcorn night, a potluck supper and games night,

a bowling night, and a season-end barbecue.


Through its


program, the diocese lends support to children and youths

facing a death in the family or parental separation or divorce.

Anyone curious about the history of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary

during the last four decades may purchase

The Winds of Change,

a text that chronicles the development of the church since 1968.

The diocese also publishes an online newsletter,

The Carillon,

in computer-friendly PDF format.

Dates, times, and places for these activities, as well as information

on obtaining the book and viewing the newsletter, are available at the diocese's website.

The philosophy that governs these programs is one of inclusion,

and the many Roman Catholic churches located throughout Calgary

reflect this welcoming spirit.

These churches embody a world of different cultures united by one faith,

and anyone seeking a congregation of one predominant ethnic group

has an excellent chance of finding it among the Calgary locations.

The following list indicates various ethnicities

and the Roman Catholic churches that represent them in Calgary.

Chinese: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 400 Edmonton Trail NE

Croatian: Our Lady of Mt. Bistrica, 14680 Deer Ridge Drive SE

French: Ste. Famille, 1717 5th Street SW

German: St. Boniface, 1923 Broadview Road NW

Italian and English: Our Lady of Grace, 1714 14th Avenue NE

Korean: St. Anne, 910 21st Avenue SE

Magyar: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 819 13th Avenue SW

Polish: Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2111 Uxbridge Drive NW

Portuguese: Our Lady of Fatima, 4747 30th Street SE

Spanish: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2519 Edmonton Trail NE

Vietnamese: St. Vincent Liem, 1405 8th Avenue SE

If you'd like to join a spiritual community that welcomes many different voices,

the Roman Catholic churches in Calgary offer dozens of possibilities.

For more information and a listing of churches and programs,


Roman Catholic Diocese Website

RC Rosary And Prayer Book

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