Death of the Most Reverend Joseph N. MacNeil, Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton

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2010 AB-MacNeil-web(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Joseph N. MacNeil, Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton, died on 11 February 2018 in Edmonton at the age of 93. After 26 years as Archbishop of Edmonton, he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law, which was accepted on 7 June 1999.

Archbishop MacNeil was born on 15 April 1924 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was ordained a priest in 1948 for the Diocese of Antigonish, and went on to earn a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Angelicum University in Rome. He was named Bishop of the Diocese of St. John on 9 April 1969 and appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Edmonton on 2 July 1973. As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Archbishop MacNeil served as Vice President (1977-1979) and President (1979-1981), as consultor for the former Office for Social Action and Family Life Bureau (1969-1970), as consultor for the former Office for the Lay Apostolate (1969-1970), as member on the Executive Committee and what was then called the Administrative Board (1975-1979) and again (1985-1987 and 1993-1995) when it was renamed the Permanent Council, as member on the former Commission of Ecumenism (1985-1991), on the former Task Force Committee (1989-1991), as member (1991-1993) and Chairman (1993-1995) of the former Commission for Missions, and as member on the former Programmes and Priorities Committee (1993-1995). Archbishop MacNeil was also a member of the Congregation for Bishops of the Holy See (1978-1983).

His body will lie in state in St. Joseph's Cathedral Basilica, Edmonton, on 15 February, from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visitation will follow the celebration of the Eucharist at 12:05 p.m., presided by the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton. Later that same day he will preside at Vigil Prayers at 7:00 p.m. The next day, 16 February at noon, Archbishop Smith will preside at the funeral Mass in the Cathedral Basilica, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. The funeral will be broadcast live on the web site of the Archdiocese.

Last Updated on Monday, February 12 2018  
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