CCCB Names New English-Language General Secretary

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Ottawa (CCCB) -- Msgr. Peter Schonenbach of Ottawa has been named the new English-language General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He succeeds the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., who was ordained Bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville on January 2.

Msgr. Schonenbach, 60, was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1971. He was named Prelate of Honour by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in September 1989. He has been Rector of Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa since July 2, 1993. The new General Secretary received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Ottawa in 1968, and a master's degree in theology from Saint Paul University, Ottawa, in 1971.

He has served the Archdiocese of Ottawa in many senior capacities: diocesan director of vocations (English sector), diocesan pastoral co-ordinator (English sector), episcopal vicar and vicar general. He has been involved in marriage preparation, ecumenism, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the Cursillo movement. He has been president of the Christian Council of the Capital Area, president of the Ontario Catholic Conference for Ecumenism, president of the Ottawa-Carleton Social Planning Council and has served with the United Way. Before becoming a priest, Msgr. Schonenbach had been chief of the program division at Historic Parks Canada.

Msgr. Schonenbach will begin his first three-year mandate at the CCCB on March 2, 1998.

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