Greeting from the Apostolic Administrator
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As many of you know on September 3rd, 2014, I was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Whitehorse. It is a privilege to serve the North in this new capacity. What does it mean to be an Apostolic Administrator? Someone quipped that I am a bishop without a hat. The office is one of governance and pastoral care for the diocese. With an Administrator, sacraments such as confirmation can continue, and the Church can continue to grow. As Administrator I travel to Bishop’s conferences so that the Diocese continues to be connected to the greater Canadian Church. Of course it is an interim position. There are still some initiatives that only a bishop can begin or end such as ordination and extensive building programs. All the more reason for us to pray for an expeditious and grace-filled choice of a new candidate for this wonderful diocese of Yukon and Northern British Columbia.
I ask for your continued prayers for my responsibilities, and the needs of the Diocese and for the appointment of a new Bishop.
God bless you,Fr. Kieran Kilcommons
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Map of the Diocese
The diocese of Whitehorse is vast! It comprises the top northern quarter of the province of British Columbia and the entire Yukon Territory. In this 723,515 square-kilometer area, the total population is approximately 40,000.
Our Catholic population is 7,500, which is served in 23 parishes and missions. Presently four priests, six religious sisters, one Bishop and some very dedicated lay faithful keep the light of Catholic faith shining in our little mission churches.
The seat of the diocese is Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon Territory. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Our Lady of Victory Parish, and three Roman Catholic schools serve the Whitehorse area.
The vastness of the diocese is matched by the grandeur and beauty of God's creation. The St. Elias mountains with the highest peaks in Canada and massive glaciers, are something to behold. The diocese is geographically situated in the great river watersheds of both the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The Yukon, Liard, Dease, Fort Nelson, Stikine, Nass and Skeena rivers and their tributaries are the historical highways of this land.
The all-season Alaska, Klondike, and Cassiar Highways connect the diocesan missions year round; and provide connections to our neighboring dioceses of Prince George (BC), Mackenzie-Fort Smith (NWT), Grouard-McLennan (Alberta), Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks (Alaska). Air travel connects the people up here nationally and internationally.
To live up here and travel to the small Catholic communities is to experience why "God so loved the World that He gave His only Son" Jn.3:16
It is something beautiful!