Episcopal Changes in the Diocese of Calgary

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(Ottawa — CCCB) His Holiness Pope John Paul II has appointed Most Reverend Frederick B. Henry as Bishop of Calgary, Alberta. He succeeds Most Reverend Paul J. O'Byrne whose resignation was accepted at the same time by the Holy See.

Bishop O'Byrne, 75, has been Bishop of Calgary since 1968. He has been active on many CCCB Episcopal commissions, including Social Affairs, Christian Education, Missions, and Social Communications.

Born April 11, 1943, in London, Ontario, Bishop Henry has been Bishop of Thunder Bay, Ontario, since May 1995. He was ordained to the priesthood in May 1968, and ordained to the episcopate on June 24, 1986 as Auxiliary Bishop of London. Bishop Henry holds a licentiate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, a master's in philosophy from Notre Dame University in Indiana, and a degree in university education from St. Peter's Seminary at the University of Western Ontario. The new Bishop of Calgary has served the CCCB as chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Christian Education, liaison bishop with English-language seminary rectors, and as co-ordinator of the apostolic visitation of English-language seminaries in Canada.

The Diocese of Calgary has 250,000 Catholics in 130 parishes and missions, with 94 diocesan priests, 55 priests who are members of religious communities and two permanent deacons.

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