Read the Joint letter from Bishops Mark Hagemoen, David Parsons and Darren McCartney to the NWT Government regarding the priority of Palliative Care and end-of-life support

Click here for the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) publication “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Urgent Questions”



The Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith joins the Church throughout the world in celebrating the Year of Mercy. Here are some resources to help with our celebration of this important year for our people.

Year of Mercy – February Resource (Focus: Spiritual Works of Mercy)
Year of Mercy – Parable Reflection 1 (God’s Mercy is For Everyone – Luke 7:36-56)
Year of Mercy – Youth Crossword on Mercy
Year of Mercy – Corporal Works of Mercy Coloring Page

Click on the image below for Pope Francis’ Prayer for Year of Mercy.

Click here for the Diocesan Brochure on the Year of Mercy.

Transfer of Our Diocese from the Missionary Dicastry to the Congregation of Bishops

On January 15th, 2016 The Holy Father, Pope Francis, approved that the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, along with five other Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions in Northern Canada, be transferred from their status as ‘missionary dioceses’ to come under the Congregation for Bishops and the Common Law of the Church.

Click here to read the Letter from Cardinal Filoni and Cardinal Ouellet regarding the transfer of Northen dioceses

Click here to read the announcement from Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, President of the CCCB.


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Just wanted to back track a little to when we first arrived here…. The church in Tsiigehtchic has been a focal point of the community for over one hundred years, the first church built here in 1896. As you travel toward the village, the church stands out on a point, known locally as Church Hill. […]

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