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Regional Episcopal Assemblies

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In addition to being part of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Bishops meet in four regional assemblies: the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly (AEA), the Assemblé des évêques catholiques du Québec (AECQ), the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), and the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB). These regional assemblies enable their members to deal directly with pastoral questions related to the Catholics in their regions.

 

Atlantic Episcopal Assembly

The Atlantic Episcopal Assembly (AEA) is composed of Bishops from the Archdioceses and Dioceses of Antigonish, Bathurst, Charlottetown, Corner Brook and Labrador, Edmundston, Grand Falls, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John (NB), St. John’s and Yarmouth.

The current president is Most Rev. Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth.

AEA
Deacon Gérald LeBlanc, Secretary-Treasurer
3 Oakley Avenue
Halifax (NS) B3M 3G6
Tel: (902) 443-9325
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Assemblée des évêques catholiques du Québec

http://www.eveques.qc.ca/ (Site in French only)

The Assemblée des évêques catholiques du Québec (AECQ) gathers the nineteen Archdioceses and Dioceses throughout Quebec, as well as one that is shared with Ontario, and two Eparchies: Amos, Baie-Comeau, Chicoutimi, Gaspé, Gatineau, Joliette, Mont-Laurier, Montréal, Montréal (Greek-Melkite Eparchy), Montréal (Maronite Eparchy), Nicolet, Pembroke (QC-ON), Québec, Rimouski, Rouyn-Noranda, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Saint-Jérôme, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Valleyfield.

Its members meet twice a year to receive an overview of their activities, set priorities and dialogue about their pastoral concerns. The AECQ is the oldest of the four regional Episcopal Assemblies.

The Most Rev. Paul Lortie, Bishop of Mont-Laurier, is the current president.

AECQ
Mr. Bertrand Ouellet, General Secretary
3331 Sherbrooke St. East
Montréal (QC) H1W 1C5
Tel: (514) 274-4323
Fax: (514) 274-4383
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Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario
http://www.acbo.on.ca/

The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) brings together all the Bishops of the Latin Rite and the Eastern Churches in Ontario. It serves fourteen Archdioceses and Dioceses, two Eparchies and the Military Ordinariate: Alexandria-Cornwall, Hamilton, Hearst, Kingston, London, Moosonee (ON-QC), Ottawa, Ottawa (Military Ordinariate), Pembroke (ON-QC), Peterborough, Sault Ste-Marie, St. Catharines, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Toronto, Toronto (Byzantine Slovak Eparchy), and Toronto (Ukrainian Eparchy).

Most Rev. Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London, is the current president.

ACBO
Mr. Roger Lawler, General Secretary
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 810
Toronto (ON) M4P 2Y3
Tel: (416) 923-1423
Fax: (416) 923-1509
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Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops

Established in 1974, the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB) gathers the Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic Churches of the four Western Canadian provinces, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. In total, it serves eighteen Roman Catholic dioceses and four Ukrainian Catholic eparchies (Roman Catholic: Calgary, Churchill-Hudson Bay, Edmonton, Grouard-McLennan, Kamloops, Keewatin-Le Pas, MacKenzie-Fort Smith, Nelson, Prince Albert, Prince George, Regina, Saint-Boniface, Saint-Paul, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, and Winnipeg; Ukrainian Catholic: Edmonton, New Westminster, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg).

The Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, is the current President.

AWCB
Right Rev. Peter Novecosky, O.S.B., Secretary-Treasurer
P.O. Box 10
Muenster (SK) S0K 2Y0
Tel: 306-682-1788
Fax: 306-682-1766
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