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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

What's New

CCCB releases new resource for planning funerals -- Sacred Scripture Readings for a Funeral Liturgy

Cover Funeral LiturgyIn conjunction with the launching of the Lectionary: Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead at the September 2014 annual Plenary Assembly, the National Liturgy Office of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in collaboration with CCCB Publications, has released an inexpensive, user-friendly pastoral resource for planning funerals. It is intended to assist families and friends of someone who has died as well as clergy in choosing appropriate readings from Sacred Scripture. In addition, lectors will be able to use it as an aid to prepare and practice the readings. There are brief notes to assist those who are choosing and planning the readings, and a "pull out" Selection Page that can be given to the priest or deacon or to another person designated by the parish. The booklet is in the same format as the CCCB English-language Ritual Lectionary and contains all of the suggested Sacred Scripture passages from the section "Masses for the Dead" in the new Lectionary. This includes additional English-language readings which have been approved for use by the Bishops of Canada and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The new pastoral resource, Sacred Scripture Selections for a Funeral Liturgy, is now available from CCCB Publications.

 

Sister Eileen Schuller, O.S.U., elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Siter Eileen SchullerSister Eileen Schuller, an Ursuline of the Chatham Union and a long-time advisor with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. A professor in McMaster University's Department of Religious Studies, Hamilton, she has served since 2001 as a CCCB delegate on the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation. She has also served as a consultant for the CCCB National Liturgy Office, giving major support to the English Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments in the revision of the CCCB English-language Lectionaries. As a specialist in Biblical studies, Sister Schuller has been referred to as "Canada's pre-eminent scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls". Her election to the Royal Society of Canada comes only a few months after she was named as a Senator William McMaster Chair in Social Sciences at the University.

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CCCB President meets the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo

Durocher et Djomo NicolasThe Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, on September 24, 2014, welcomed to his diocesan offices the Most Reverend Nicolas Djomo Lola, Bishop of Tshumbe and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Accompanying Bishop Djomo Lola were the CENCO General Secretary, the CEO of the National Caritas of Congo, and representatives from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The two Presidents discussed two projects of the Congolese Episcopal Conference: the establishment of a micro-credit bank to assist in the local development of their country, and the work by CENCO to encourage a national electoral process which respects the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo and promotes a better future for it.

 

Canadian Professor Moira McQueen named to International Theological Commission

Professor Moira McQueenPope Francis has appointed Professor Moira McQueen as a new member of the International Theological Commission for its 2014-2019 term. Professor McQueen is the Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Toronto, and teaches moral theology at the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto. In his letter of congratulations, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote this "is wonderful news not only for you but for all the Church in our country." A citizen of Canada as well as a subject of the United Kingdom who resides in the Diocese of Hamilton, Professor McQueen also has a background in law. She frequently serves as an advisor for the CCCB on ethical and moral questions, and is the CCCB delegate on the Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches.

Link to the announcement on the Vatican website

 

2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated January 18, 2015. The Message of the Holy Father was released today by His Eminence Antonio Maria Cardinal Veglio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, together with the Most Reverend Joseph Kalathiparambil, Secretary of the Council, during a news conference at the Holy See Press Office. The theme of Pope Francis' Message is "Church without frontiers, Mother to all".

Link to the Message

 

CCCB 2014 Plenary Assembly closes; Archbishop of Port-au-Prince expresses concern about food shortages and hunger

Plenary 2014 Mgr Poulard(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Catholic Bishops of Canada since this past September 15 met in Plenary Assembly at the Hotel Mont-Sainte-Anne in Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec. On the last day of its annual meeting, the Plenary Assembly welcomed the Most Reverend Guire Poulard, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Archbishop Poulard is currently visiting Canada as part of the 2014 fall education and action campaign of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. In his remarks to the Plenary, he spoke about Development and Peace projects in Haiti following the massive earthquake there in 2010, and his concerns about food shortages and hunger. The theme of this fall's Development and Peace campaign is So much love: Small family farmers feed the world.

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Bishops of Canada reflect on the challenges facing consecrated life today and on co-responsibility with the laity in the light of Evangelii Gaudium

Plenary 2014-10(CCCB – Ottawa)... On the fourth day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Bishops reflected on the challenges facing consecrated life today and on co-responsibility with the laity in the light of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The day also included the annual meeting of the CCCB French Sector, while a number of Bishops of the English Sector participated in a media formation workshop with Salt + Light TV. The daily Eucharistic celebration was held at the national Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré. The Bishops had the opportunity to tour the Shrine dedicated to the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It receives thousands of pilgrims and visitors each year, among whom there is an important presence from the Aboriginal communities from across Canda and the United States.

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Bishops receive reports from the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, Development and Peace, and the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council

Plenary 2014-9(CCCCB – Ottawa)... The third day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) opened with Mass in the Maronite Rite. The principal celebrant was the Most Reverend Paul-Marwan Tabet, Eparchial Bishop of Maronite Catholics in Canada.

Later in the morning, the Bishops received reports from the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), and the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. In addition, they received the 2013 financial statements and began their review of the 2015 budgetary provisions. In the afternoon, the meeting of the Bishops of the English Sector was held, while an opportunity for media training was offered to the French Sector Bishops with the collaboration of Salt + Light TV.

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Intervention of Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino; Reflections on Canadian ‘peripheries’ in the light of Evangelii Gaudium; and on the importance of ecumenical dialogue

Plenary 2014-6(CCCB – Ottawa)... The second day of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was marked by the visit of His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba. The Cardinal addressed the Plenary Assembly on "The "social and ecclesial challenges to evangelization and pastoral conversion". In the afternoon, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace reflected on Canadian "peripheries" in the light of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis. The session of pastoral animation was led by the Most Reverend Don Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon and a member of the Commission. Other members of the Commission who participated in the panel were the Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth and CCCB Co-Treasurer; the Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.E., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe and Commission Chairman; and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield.

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Bishops of Canada receive President’s report, Reflect on the Synod on the Family in the presence of the New Apostolic Nuncio, and launch a new Lectionary

Plenary 2014-1(CCCB – Ottawa)... On the opening day of its annual Plenary Assembly, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Canada by Pope Francis on December 18, 2013. The Bishops also received a report from the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher and heard two addresses by the Secretary of the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Most Reverend Arthur Roche. Archbishop Roche's presentation marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. The annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, is taking place at the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec, near the national Shrine of Saint Anne.

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Fraternal greetings in Jesus Christ from the Catholic Bishops of Canada to Pope Francis

We are gathered this week in Plenary Assembly in Beaupré, near the national Shrine of Saint Anne, where we will celebrate the Eucharist on Thursday with the pilgrims who will be present. Yesterday, with Their Eminences Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana – your Special Envoy – and Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix – Primate of Canada – we joined the Archdiocese of Québec in joyfully celebrating the 350th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first Catholic parish in North America outside the Spanish territories of the time. This anniversary is particularly significant for us as we continue to be challenged and reinvigorated by the opportunities for evangelizing our country and modern society.

Link to the letter (PDF)

 

2014 CCCB Plenary - WELCOME MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT

durocheDear brother Bishops and special guests,

Welcome to the 2014 Plenary Assembly! We are meeting in Beaupré, Québec, to be close to the September 14 celebrations by the Archdiocese of Québec of the 350th anniversary of the canonical erection of the first parish in North America outside Spanish territories. Beaupré is home to the national Shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré, where we will gather later this week. Like some of you, I have been honoured to preach the preparatory novena before the feast of Saint Anne in this Basilica, and have seen firsthand the importance of popular piety in nourishing the faith of many. Saint Anne's is a centre of pilgrimage for Indigenous Peoples together with all the faithful from Quebec, all of Canada and throughout North America. In honouring the grandmother of Jesus and the mother of Mary, whom tradition names Anne, we are reminded that the Gospel becomes alive when God's Word is written in human stories.

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2014 CCCB Plenary Assembly: live broadcasts from Salt and Light TV

SL logo EN HighRes RGBThe Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly 15-19 September 2014, at the Hotel Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, East of Quebec City and in the Archdiocese of Québec. Salt + Light Television, the Canadian Catholic television network, will broadcast events live online and on television with select repeats throughout the day (times indicated below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time).

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