Diocese of Saint-Jérôme: Resignation of Bishop Donald Lapointe, Auxiliary Bishop

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lapointe(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has accepted, on July 30th, the resignation of Bishop Donald Lapointe, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, Québec, because of age, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.

Bishop Lapointe was born in 1936 in Disraéli, Québec in the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke and ordained to the priesthood in 1964. He taught at the Séminaire de Sherbrooke from 1964-1970 before being assigned to a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke.  He also served as Episcopal vicar in charge of pastoral ministry from 1986-1990.  At the time of his ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme on October 26, 2002, he was pastor of the l’Unité pastoral Nouvel Horizon parishes (Lac Megantic region) in the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke. 

At the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Lapointe was member of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Education (French Sector).

The Diocese of Saint-Jérôme has 66 diocesan priests, 20 religious order priests, 18 permanent deacons, and 110 religious sisters and brothers as well as 71 pastoral associates serving in 38 parishes and missions. The current Bishop of Saint-Jérôme is Most Rev. Pierre Morissette, president of the CCCB.

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