Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
Dioecesis Ergadiensis et Insularum
Gaelic: Sgìr-Easbuig Earraghàidheal 's nan Eilean
Country Scotland
Territory Most of Argyll and Bute, southern part of Highland, and Outer Hebrides, plus the Isle of Arran
Ecclesiastical province St Andrews and Edinburgh
Metropolitan St Andrews and Edinburgh
Area 31,080 km2 (12,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
10,546 (14.1%)
Parishes 26
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 4 March 1878
Cathedral St. Columba's Cathedral, Oban
Secular priests 29
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Joseph Toal
Metropolitan Archbishop Keith O'Brien
Vicars General James L. Canon MacNeil
Episcopal Vicars
  • James L. Canon MacNeil
  • Donald J. Canon MacKay
  • John P. Mackinnon
Emeritus Bishops Ian Murray

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles (Latin Diocesis Ergadiensis et Insularum) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, in the Province of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh.[1]

The diocese covers an area of 31,080 km² and has a Catholic population of 10,546 (14.1%) out of a total population of 74,546 (2006 figures). The see is in the town of Oban where the seat is located at St. Columba's Cathedral.[1]

The diocese was erected on March 5, 1878 following the restoration of the Scottish Catholic hierarchy. On 16 October 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor Joseph Toal to succeed the Right Reverend Ian Murray as tenth Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.[1]

Past and present ordinaries

The following is a list of the Bishops of Argyll and the Isles:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Diocese of Argyll and The Isles at Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved on 6 October 2010.

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Coordinates: 56°25′N 5°28′W / 56.417°N 5.467°W / 56.417; -5.467