Coadjutor Bishop appointed for Saint-Jérôme

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poisson(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, currently Bishop of Joliette, as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme. As Coadjutor Bishop, he will assist the current Diocesan Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, and succeed Bishop Morissette when he eventually resigns and his resignation is accepted by the Holy Father. In accordance with the Code of Canon Law, this usually happens once a Bishop reaches 75 years old. The Holy Father has likewise appointed Bishop Poisson as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Joliette.

Bishop Raymond Poisson was born on 30 April 1958 in Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Rouville, Quebec. After completing his secondary studies at the Séminaire Très-Sainte-Trinité in Saint-Bruno, he pursued his collegial studies in administration at Collège André-Grasset, and then obtained a Bachelor's degree and later a Master's degree in theology from the University of Montreal. He holds a doctorate in fundamental theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, specializing in ecclesiology. He was ordained to the priesthood on 9 December 1983 for the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil by its then Bishop, the Most Reverend Bernard Hubert. As a priest, he served as private secretary to Bishop Hubert and on the diocesan Council of Priests, as well as with the Office for Priests and the Vocations Office. At the time of his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme on 1 May 2012, he was also serving as a chaplain with the Canadian Association of the Order of Malta. He was named Bishop of the Diocese of Joliette on 8 September 2015.

As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Poisson currently serves on the Permanent Council, as Chair of the Commission for Justice and Peace, and member of the French Sector Comité de diffusion des célébrations liturgiques. He is also the CCCB liaison Bishop with French-speaking seminaries and formation centres.

According to the CCCB 2018 Directory, the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme has 35 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 413,837 served by 59 diocesan priests, 16 priests who are members of institutes of consecrated life, 18 permanent deacons, as well as 88 Sisters and six Brothers who are members of religious institutes, in addition to 40 lay pastoral workers.

Last Updated on Friday, May 18 2018  
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