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Alexandria-Cornwall, Kingston, London, Pembroke, Toronto: Five Episcopal Appointments for Ontario

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(CCCB - Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope John Paul II today announced five episcopal appointments for Ontario following the resignation of three bishops who have retired for reasons of age.

Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, Auxiliary Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, has been named Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall. He succeeds Most Rev. Eugène Philippe LaRocque.

Most Rev. Anthony G. Meagher Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, has been appointed as the Archbishop of Kingston. He succeeds Most Rev. Francis John Spence.

Rev. Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B., Superior General of the Congregation of Saint Basil, has been named Bishop of London. He succeeds Most Rev. John Michael Sherlock.

Rev. Richard Smith, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Halifax, has been appointed Bishop of Pembroke. The Diocese has been without a bishop since December, 2000 when Most Rev. Brendan O’Brien was named Archbishop of St. Johns.

Most Rev. Richard John Grecco Auxiliary Bishop of London, has been appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto.

Bishop Durocher was born on May 28, 1954, in Windsor, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 1982, for the Diocese of Timmins and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie on January 20, 1997. He is Chair of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Theology and a member of the CCCB Committee for Programs and Priorities.

The Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall has a Catholic population of 56,000 served by 41 diocesan priests, 7 religious order priests, 18 permanent deacons and 123 religious sisters and brothers in 34 parishes and missions.

Archbishop-elect Meagher was born on November 17, 1940, in Oshawa, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 17, 1972, for the Archdiocese of Toronto and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on April 30, 1997. He is currently President of the Catholic World Youth Day 2002 Council, representing the Catholic Bishops of Canada in preparation for this upcoming festival of faith.

The Archdiocese of Kingston has a Catholic population of 102,650 served by 69 diocesan priests, 4 religious order priests, 5 permanent deacons and 186 religious sisters in 72 parishes and missions.

Bishop-elect Fabbro was born on November 6, 1950, in Sudbury, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1980, as a member of the Congregation of St. Basil and has been Superior General of the Basilians since 1997.

The Diocese of London has a Catholic population of 414,285 served by 210 diocesan priests, 72 religious order priests, 2 permanent deacons and 533 religious sisters and brothers in 169 parishes and missions.

Bishop-elect Smith was born on April 28, 1959, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1987, for the Archdiocese of Halifax. He has served the Archdiocese of Halifax in many areas including Vicar General since 2001 and pastoral ministry to the francophone community of Halifax from 1990-1991.

The Diocese of Pembroke has a Catholic population of 64,925 served by 71 diocesan priests, 3 religious order priests, 7 permanent deacons and 174 religious sisters and brothers in 67 parishes and missions.

Bishop Grecco was born on March 4, 1946, in St. Catharines, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on September 2, 1973, for the Diocese of St. Catharines and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of London on December 5, 1997. He is Chair of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Christian Education (English sector) and is an episcopal advisor to the Third Continental Congress on Vocations.

The Archdiocese of Toronto has a Catholic population of 1,420,395 served by 403 diocesan priests, 470 religious order priests, 129 permanent deacons and 828 religious sisters and brothers in 223 parishes and missions.


For More information Contact:
Deacon William Kokesch
Director, Communications Service

 

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