Death of the Most Reverend J. Vernon Fougere, Bishop Emeritus of Charlottetown

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fougere(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Most Reverend J. Vernon Fougere, Bishop Emeritus of Charlottetown, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, at the age of 71. Bishop Fougere was born on May 20, 1943, in Petit de Grat, Nova Scotia. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish on May 31, 1969. He served as Bishop of Charlottetown from 1992 to 2009, the year his resignation was accepted by the Holy Father for reasons of health.

Following his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Fougere served as pastor in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Antigonish. From 1972 to 1975, as part of its diocesan mission in Honduras, he served there as a missionary priest, including work with the  Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa. He also studied and did pastoral ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology in California, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. At the time of his appointment as Bishop of Charlottetown in December 11, 1991, he was the Vicar General of the Diocese of Antigonish. He had been the first priest in the Diocese of Antigonish to serve as Director of Pastoral Services, and had also been Chairman of the Presybteral Council and member of the Personnel Board. He was ordained Bishop of Charlottetown on March 19, 1992, at the Cathedral of Charlottetown.   

As member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Fougere served as a member and Chairman of the former Commission for Social Communications of the English Sector, and as member of the Sector’s Commission for Christian Education (now the Commission for Catechesis). He had also been the CCCB English Sector delegate on the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and CCCB representative with the National Catholic Broadcasting Council.    

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Dunstan’s Cathedral Basilica, Charlottetown, on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, June 19 2013  
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