General Secretariat

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To assist them in their pastoral work, the Bishops have established a permanent bilingual Secretariat in Ottawa that includes various offices and services.

It assists in coordinating activities and information.  It also maintains contacts with the Holy See and with other Episcopal Conferences, as well as with Churches, ecclesial communities, faith groups and government authorities at the national and international levels. The General Secretariat works in collaboration with the four Regional Episcopal Assemblies in Canada.

Msgr Frank Leo JrGeneral Secretary

The General Secretary coordinates the activities of the Conference and the General Secretariat. He holds his authority directly from the Plenary Assembly, to which he is accountable. The General Secretary reports to the President of the Conference.

Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S., is the General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. His appointment was confirmed by the 2015 Plenary Assembly and he took office November 1, 2015.


Msgr Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S. - Biographical notes


Msgr Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S.

2500 Don Reid Dr.

Ottawa, ON K1H 2J2

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Tel: (613) 241-9461

Fax: (613) 241-8117

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.