Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

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Bishops` Conference: Catholic Bishops` Conference of Scotland

Address

Diocese of Argyll and the Isles , Bishop`s House, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5AB

Catholic Priests and People

Rt Rev Joseph Toal - Bishop
Rev William Maclean - Director of Schools

Contact

Correspondence Address:Bishop`s House
Esplanade
Oban
Argyll
PA34 5AB
Phone 01631 567436
Fax 01631 564930
Click here to email Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
www.dioceseofargyllandtheisles.org/

Catholic Parishes

Our Holy Redeemer, STORNOWAY
St Mary`s, ISLE OF BENBECULA
St Michael`s (Eriskay), LOCHBOISDALE
St Michael`s, LINIQUE
St Peter`s, LOCHBOISDALE
St Mary`s (Bornish), DALIBURGH
Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Barra, ISLE OF BARRA
St Barr`s, CASTLEBAY
Our Lady of the Assumption (Portree), PORTREE
St Maolrubha (Broadford), PORTREE
Holy Cross, ISLE OF ARRAN
St Andrew`s, ROTHESAY
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St Mun, DUNOON
St Kieran`s, CAMPBELTOWN
St Margaret`s, LOCHGILPHEAD
St Columba`s Cathedral, OBAN
The Visitation, TAYNUILT
Our Lady of the Rosary and St Columba, KINGUSSIE
St Margaret`s, ROY BRIDGE
St Mary`s, FORT WILLIAM
Our Lady of the Angels, FORT WILLIAM
St John the Evangelist`s, FORT WILLIAM
SS Mary and Finnan`s, FORT WILLIAM
St Mary`s, MALLAIG
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Cumin, MALLAIG
St Mun`s, BALLACHULISH

About Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

Diocese

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Useful Definitions of the Structures in the Catholic Church

What is a Catholic Bishops' Conference?

An episcopal conference, sometimes called a conference of bishops, is an official assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in a given territory. ... Individual bishops do not relinquish their immediate authority for the governance of their respective dioceses to the conference (Wikipedia).

What is an Archdiocese?

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province. A few are suffragans of a metropolitan see or are directly subject to the Holy See.

The term 'archdiocese' is not found in Canon Law, with the terms "diocese" and "episcopal see" being applicable to the area under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of any bishop.[8] If the title of archbishop is granted on personal grounds to a diocesan bishop, his diocese does not thereby become an archdiocese (Wikipedia).

What is a Diocese?

The group of churches that a bishop supervises is known as a diocese. Typically, a diocese is divided into parishes that are each overseen by a priest.

The original dioceses, in ancient Rome, were political rather than religious. Rome was divided into dioceses, each of which was made up of many provinces. After Christianity became the Roman Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the term gradually came to refer to religious districts. The Catholic Church has almost 3,000 dioceses. The Greek root of diocese is dioikesis, "government, administration, or province." (Vocabulary.com).

As of April 2020, in the Catholic Church there are 2,898 regular dioceses: 1 papal see, 649 archdioceses (including 9 patriarchates, 4 major archdioceses, 560 metropolitan archdioceses, 76 single archdioceses) (Wikipedia).

What is the difference between a Diocese and an Archdiocese?

Each diocese is within a Province - a group of Dioceses - the Archdiocese is the main Diocese within that Diocese. The bishop of that Archdiocese is therefore automatically an Archbishop. If a bishop has been made an Archbishop personally is referred to as an Archbishop but it does not make their Diocese an Archdiocese.

What is a Deanery?

A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the deanery.www.catholicculture.org

What is a Parish?

In the Roman Catholic Church, a parish (Latin: parochia) is a stable community of the faithful within a particular church, whose pastoral care has been entrusted to a parish priest (Latin: parochus), under the authority of the diocesan bishop. It is the lowest ecclesiastical subdivision in the Catholic episcopal polity, and the primary constituent unit of a diocese. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, parishes are constituted under cc. 515552, entitled "Parishes, Pastors, and Parochial Vicars." Wikipedia