Welcome to the website of the Diocese of Moosonee.
The Diocese of Moosonee straddles both northern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec
covering some 560,000 sq kms, second to the Diocese of the Arctic in geographic size.
It is one of the great historic missionary areas of the Anglican Communion and of early
Canada with records dating back to 1780. It is an area set in “an almost unbelievable
land...of forests and lakes and rivers with mountains and muskeg and desolate tundra”
(Olive Mackay Petersen).
The southern part of the Diocese, called the Watershed Deanery, was developed with
the mining, lumber and rail industries.
The northern part of the Diocese that surrounds the James Bay and extends into inland
Quebec and is known as the James Bay Deanery is made up of the ancient aboriginal people of the north mostly of the Cree Nation.
The history of Moosonee is a colourful one of adventurers, fur-traders, map-makers and missionaries. As the area developed the Diocese grew and changed. Missionary efforts changed from paddling the rivers to riding the rails, to driving the highways to flying the northern skies.
Today the present economic picture in Canada, the downturn in northern population, and the First Nations emergence to self-determination has brought new challenges to the Church. Presently the Diocese of Moosonee is a “Mission Area” under the spiritual care and guidance of the Metropolitan of Ontario, Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, brought about with the retirement of the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese at the end of 2013.
Visit through our website and experience a small breath of the north that we call home.
Perhaps your virtual visit will entice you to venture north and call upon us. Do be
assured of a very warm welcome!
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