New Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil

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(CCCB - Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed the Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Quebec. He was previously Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, Quebec.

bertheletThe Holy Father also accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., in accordance with the Code of Canon Law which sets the mandatory age of retirement for Bishops at 75. Bishop Berthelet, who turned 76 on October 24, has led the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil since 1997. The Most Reverend Berthelet was President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) from 2001 to 2003.

Bishop Gendron was born in Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick, on June 12, 1944. After studying theology at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1969. After serving in the parish of Saint-Marc in Montreal (1969-1970), he joined the Canadian Province of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice. With a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University gendronin Rome, he taught in Bogota, Colombia and at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, where he was Rector from 1987 to 1990 and again from 2006-2007. He also served as Rector of Saint Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta from 1990 to 1994. He was then elected Superior of the Canadian Province of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice in 1994, a position he held until his nomination as Auxiliary Bishop of Montréal in 2006. He is currently a member of the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the CCCCB.

The Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil has a Catholic population of 553,470 in 46 parishes and missions, served by 81 diocesan priests, 35 priests who are members of religious orders, 2 permanent deacons and 410 religious Sisters and Brothers.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 28 2010  
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