William Mark Duke

William Mark Duke (October 7, 1879 – August 31, 1971) was a Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Archbishop of Vancouver from 1931 to 1964.



Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, on October 7, 1879.


William Duke was ordained to the priesthood at age 23 on June 29, 1903.


He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver and Titular Bishop of Phasis by Pope Pius XI on August 10, 1928. He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 18 from Archbishop Timothy Casey. Duke later succeeded the late Archbishop Casey as full Archbishop of Vancouver on October 5, 1931.


Service to God

  • Priest for 68 years
  • Bishop for 43 years


He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. The Archbishop was a "strict disciplinarian", and was also known as the "Iron Duke". He was opposed to Sunday picn... ...read more

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