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New Bishop appointed for Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière

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Goudreault Pierre-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Yvon Joseph Moreau, O.C.S.O., as Bishop of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, and has appointed today as his successor Father Pierre Goudreault. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was pastor of Sainte-Trinité parish in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. Bishop Moreau has been Bishop of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière for the past nine years. He had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

Bishop-elect Pierre Goudreault was born on 27 May 1963 in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. In 1984, he obtained a certificate in administration from the University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). That same year, he entered Saint Paul University Seminary in Ottawa and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda on 18 May 1991. He obtained a doctorate in theology from Saint Paul University in 1998. At the beginning of his priestly ministry, he was assistant pastor in the parish of Saint-Martin-de-Tours (1991-1994). During his graduate studies, he served on the staff of Saint Paul University Seminary (1994-1996). He then became parish priest of the four parishes of the Unité pastorale (pastoral unit) Notre-Dame-de-l'Entente (1997-2002), priest moderator of Sainte-Trinité (2002-2017), and parish priest of Sainte-Famille (2011-2013) and then of Blessed Sacrament (2013-2017). He is presently a member of the Communities and Ministries Council of the Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops.

Author of eight books and twenty-two articles on ecclesiology and on liturgy, Bishop-elect Goudreault was a lecturer at Moncton University, New Brunswick (2006 and 2012). He has taught on the Faculty of Theology of Saint Paul University as a part-time professor in the Doctor of Ministry Program (2014-2017).

Bishop Moreau was born on 29 October 1941 in Saint-Pascal-de-Kamouraska, Québec, and ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière in 1968. After serving as a missionary in Nicaragua, where he taught at the National Seminary of Managua, 1971 to 1973, he joined the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance in 1984. On 17 October 2008 he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière; at the time of his appointment he had been serving as Abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Oka since 1990. As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Moreau has served as a member and as Chairman of its French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments (2011-2014 as a member, and as Chairman 2014-2017), and also as the Bishop ponens with the French Sector Comité de diffusion des célébrations liturgiques (2012-2017). As well, Bishop Moreau was the CCCB delegate (2014-2017) with the Commission épiscopale francophone pour les traductions liturgiques (the international French-language commission of Bishops for liturgical translations).

According to the CCCB 2017 Directory, the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière has 55 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 87,700 served by 71 diocesan priests, seven permanent deacons, 102 religious Sisters who are members of religious institutes, as well as 12 lay pastoral workers.

Last Updated on Friday, December 08 2017  
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