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Overview: Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nelson is located in the beautiful Okanagan and Kootenay regions of south-eastern British Columbia and covers approximate 124, 272 km (48,000 sq. mi.). Erected February 22, 1936, the Diocese currently ministers to approximately 78,000 Catholics. 

Diocesan Offices: 
3665 Benvoulin Road
Kelowna BC
V1W 4M7
(relocated to Kelowna, BC July 2011)

Seat of the Diocese:
Nelson, BC

Cathedral of the Diocese:
Mary Immaculate Cathedral, Nelson, BC Cathedral of Mary Immaculate website's "Early History" and "Building Highlights" for those who might be interested in the early history and construction of this magnificent church is available here.  Website tabs are located in the menu bar at the top of the Cathedral's home page.

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To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours.
(1Cor. 1:2)


The word "Church" means convocation or an assembly. It designates the assemblies of the people, usually for a religious purpose. It is used frequently in the Greek Old Testament for the assembly of the Chosen People before God. In the Church, God is "calling together" God’s people from all the ends of the earth.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church)