We are a multi-cultural Catholic parish that was created in 2019 at the request of Archbishop Anthony Mancini as part of the “New Parishes: Stronger Together” initiative.
Who Are We? Christ the King
Under the banner of Jesus Christ our King, we desire to encounter Christ in a personal way, joyfully share His love in our community, and go make disciples of our friends and loved ones.
Christ the King isn’t just a name change; we are a new parish, made up of the former St. Thomas More, St. Vincent de Paul, and La Mission la Sainte Famille communities.
A Community of Communities
St Thomas More CommunityLocated at 15 Caledonia Road, the St. Thomas More community began in the 1950’s as a mission of St. Peter’s Church in Dartmouth before becoming a distinct parish in 1961. The parish community grew with the Caledonia area neighbourhood and can claim many families who have attended their entire lives. The parish is also home to a large African Mass Community, which has celebrated Masses on the first Sunday of the month since 2017.
St. Vincent de Paul CommunityLocated at 320 Flying Cloud Drive, this faith community celebrated its first Mass in 1986. Since then, the Stewardship Centre was built to accommodate the growing ministries of the parish. Today, many ministries and dedicated volunteers make up the heart of the community.
La Mission la Sainte FamilleIn 2019, Archbishop Mancini designated La Mission la Sainte Famille as a French mission (an organized effort of a parish of outreach and service to a particular group) of Christ the King Parish. To learn more about the French community, please visit our La Mission website.
We treasure the history and heritage that each of these three communities has brought into our new parish family. Though change isn’t easy, we believe that we are better resourced and prepared to share the love of Jesus with our Dartmouth community as a result of this transition!
How Did We Get Here? Transition Timeline
Prayer, Proposals, and Preparation
January 2011 – Archbishop Mancini wrote his Pentecost Pastoral Letter encouraging parishes to focus on Community, Formation & Mission
2012-2016 – Diocese held Assemblies of the People of God & Pastoral Planning Meetings
Spring 2017 – Launch of the 3-Year Pastoral Plan, “Equip the Saints”. Parishioners participated in the Lenten Series videos & discussion of “Equip the Saints” plan
Spring 2018 – Priests across the Diocese were asked to propose “new parish” groupings that would consolidate resources and better equip our communities to become missionary parishes
Fall & Winter 2018 – Archbishop Mancini’s first draft of parish groupings was proposed to all the faithful; feedback was requested and the Bishop received ongoing consultation
January 2019 – Fr. Derek (Former Pastor of SVDP) began a time of sabbatical. Archbishop Mancini announced the new parish groupings, transition began.
Winter 2019 – Fr. Toochukwu named pastor of SVDP & STM. Fr. Toochukwu formed a Transition Team & began meetings. Finance, Staffing, & Religious Education subcommittees were formed to address specific areas of parish life.
Spring 2019 – Leader Meetings & Town Hall Meetings were held to gather community feedback about certain aspects of the Transition Team’s plan. Staffing Changes & Office Location were announced. New Mass Times & Parish Name announced.
Summer 2019 – Unified Mass schedule began. New Christ the King Parish Office opened at the SVDP site; we welcomed new staff. Transition Team completed their Transition Team Report and formally dissolved — the ongoing work of transition was given to staff, ministry leaders, and leadership team members.
Fall 2019 – A new Leadership Team and Pastoral Council were formed to lead the new parish. New combined Religious Ed program began. Consolidation of resources and ministries began.
January 2020 – The canonical (legal) merger was completed; the work of building unity and combining resources continues. Finances are fully integrated and a budget is developed to support our mission.
2021 – New Mission Plan for our parish has been developed by our new Christ the King Pastoral Council and proposed to the community. The plan will be implemented by our Leadership Team & Ministry Leaders.