New episcopal responsibilities for a Canadian in Malawi

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stemarieOn 4 July 2007 Most Reverend Rémi Sainte-Marie, M.Afr., became Bishop of Lilongwe in Malawi, Africa.

Born in 1938 in La Minerve, Quebec, Bishop Sainte-Marie made his final vows in 1962 as a member of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and was ordained priest the following year. He has been a missionary in Malawi for 44 years.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Dedza, Malawi. Two years later he was named Diocesan Bishop. In February 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of the neighbouring Diocese of Lilongwe.  On 4 July 2007 he became Bishop of Lilongwe, after the Holy Father accepted the resignation of his predecessor who had reached the retirement age of 75.

There are currently 11 Canadians serving as Bishops outside Canada.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 20 2009  
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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.