Archbishop Anthony Mancini, born in Italy in 1945, arrived in Canada with his parents on December 1, 1948 at Pier 21 in Halifax. Ordained priest May 23, 1970, he was named Titular Bishop of Natchitoches and ordained bishop in Montreal on March 25, 1999. On November 29, 2007 he was Installed as Archbishop of Halifax. On December 8, 2011, the Archdiocese of Halifax and the Diocese of Yarmouth were joined to create the new Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, and Archbishop Mancini was named its first archbishop.
Archbishop Mancini holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo – Resurrection College, a Licentiate in Theology from l’Université de Montréal, and a Masters in Religious Studies from McGill University. He studied Ecumenical Theology at the University of Geneva and completed his Ph. D. in Pastoral Theology at l’Université de Montréal.
Father Mancini first served as curate at St. John Fisher Parish, Pointe-Claire and after his studies in Geneva, he was assistant director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, Montreal. He was chaplain and lecturer at Marianopolis College, Montreal and curate at St. Augustine’s Parish, Montreal before becoming pastor of St. Rita’s Parish, Montreal. He assisted in the coordination of the 1984 Papal visit to Montreal.
He served his home diocese of Montreal as Coordinator of Continuing Education for Priests & Director to Priests Program, then as Assistant to the Director – Office du Personnel Pastoral, until his 1998 appointment as Vicar General, Coordinator of Administrative and Financial Services and Director of the Office for English Pastoral Services. In 2002 he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Montreal and Moderator of the Diocesan Curia.
A Bishop is a successor of the Apostles who has been charged with the pastoral care of a local church called a diocese. He is responsible for all the Catholics under his care and his functions are to teach, to sanctify and to serve, in this way ensuring that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and heard and that the life of the faithful is supported through the Sacraments and the Word of God.
An Archbishop is first among equals and oversees a number of neighbouring dioceses.
In this instance they are the Antigonish and Charlottetown.
The Cathedral is the 1st Church and the headquarters of the diocese. The name derives from “Cathedra” which is the Latin word for seat. It is the heart and center from which the life of the diocese draws. It is the symbol of unity because it is where the Bishop resides and from which he exercises his ministry.
Basilica is a title given by the Holy Father as an honour. It derives from the Latin word that meant in Roman times, a building for public gathering. In Christian terms, it is a way of designating some special value attributed to a particular church building.
The title “Basilica” was granted by Pope Pius XII to St. Mary’s Cathedral in 1950 to commemorate the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary and to honour the special place this Cathedral held in Nova Scotia.