New Bishop Appointed for Diocese of Saint Hyacinthe

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Most Rev. François Lapierre, P.M.E.(Ottawa - CCCB)  His Holiness Pope John Paul II today named Rev. François Lapierre, P.M.E., Superior General of the Montreal-based Société des missions étrangères (Foreign Mission Society) as Bishop of Saint Hyacinthe. He succeeds Most Rev. Louis-de-Gonzague Langevin, M.Af., whose resignation was also accepted by the Pope.

Bishop Langevin, 76, served the diocese since 1979. He has been an active member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), serving on many episcopal commissions including Missions, Canon Law / Inter-rite and Social Communications.

Bishop-elect Lapierre is no stranger to the diocese, having grown up and studied there. He was born in West Shefford (known today as Bromont) in 1941 and received a bachelor's degree from the Séminaire de Saint Hyacinthe. He studied theology at the Foreign Missions Seminary in Pont-Viau, Quebec, and was ordained to the priesthood for the Foreign Mission Society in 1965. The new Bishop has served in Peru, Guatemala and Honduras as a missionary, and also played an important role in Canada in the missionary movement as well as being on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

Besides his commitment to missionary activity, Bishop-elect Lapierre has been very active in the Christian student movement. In Peru, he worked with the National Union of Catholic Students; in Quebec he was influential in the founding of Yanick which later became the Mouvement des étudiants chrétiens du québec (MECQ); and in Europe he acted as chaplain for the International Catholic Student Movement (Paris), and the International Catholic Intellectual Movement (Geneva). Bishop-elect Lapierre, who has served as Superior General of his order since 1991, was one of the four Canadian observers at the Special Assembly of Bishops for America which met in Rome in November and December last year.

The Diocese of Saint Hyacinthe has a Catholic population of 330,000 in 113 parishes and missions served by 179 diocesan priests, 90 priests from religious communities and 30 permanent deacons.

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.