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New Bishops for Rimouski and Saint-Jérôme

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(CCCB - Ottawa) His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today accepted the resignation of two Bishops who are retiring as required by Canon Law, having reached 75 years old, and appointed the Bishops who now become the pastoral leaders of the two dioceses:

Most Reverend Pierre-André Fournier, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Quebec City, has been named Archbishop of Rimouski; Bishop Fournier succeeds Archbishop Bertrand Blanchet whose resignation has been accepted by the Holy Father.

Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, Bishop of Baie-Comeau, has been named Bishop of Saint-Jérôme; Bishop Morissette succeeds Bishop Gilles Cazabon, O.M.I., whose resignation has also been accepted by the Holy Father.

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Born in Plessisville, Quebec, in 1943, Bishop Fournier was ordained priest on 10 June 1967. In 2005, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Quebec City. Bishop Fournier holds a licentiate in theology from Laval University, in Quebec City, and a master's degree in pastoral studies from the University of Sherbrooke.

The Archdiocese of Rimouski has 106 diocesan priests, 10 priests who are members of religious communities, 13 permanent deacons, 656 religious Brothers and Sisters, and 21 lay pastoral workers, serving 143,640 Catholics in 105 parishes and missions.

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Born in Thetford Mines, Quebec, in 1944, Bishop Morissette was ordained priest on 8 June 1968. In 1987, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Quebec City and, three years later, as Bishop of Baie-Comeau. Bishop Morissette holds a master's degree and also a licentiate in theology from Laval University, as well as a licentiate in social sciences from the Gregorian University in Rome.

As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Morissette has served on a number of organizations, committees and commissions. He is currently the Vice President of the CCCB.

The Diocese of Saint-Jérôme has 75 diocesan priests, 81 who are members of religious communities, 18 permanent deacons, 170 religious Brothers and Sisters, and 79 lay pastoral workers, serving 407,065 Catholics in 39 parishes and missions.

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