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Death of the Most Reverend Charles Valois, Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Jérôme

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valois2(CCCB –Ottawa)… The Most Reverend Charles Valois, Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Jérôme, died on Sunday August 4, 2013 at the age of 89. Bishop Valois was born on April 24, 1924, in Montreal, Quebec. On June 3, 1950, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Montreal by His Eminence Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger. Bishop Valois served as Bishop of Saint-Jérôme from 1977 to 1997, the year his resignation was accepted by the Holy Father for reasons of health.

Following his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Valois had taught at the Seminary of Sainte-Thérèse in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec. After a study leave from 1955 to 1957, he continued to teach at the seminary until 1962. He was then appointed a chaplain to the Jeunesse Étudiante Catholique (the JEC or Young Catholic Students), a ministry he continued to 1964. In 1968 he was appointed Vice-Rector and later Rector of the Seminary. In the wake of the educational reforms taking place in Quebec at the time, this became the CÉGEP Collège Lionel-Groulx, of which he was in charge from 1968 to 1973. In 1973, he was named pastor of Sainte-Adèle Parish in the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme. Two years later, he was appointed Vicar General of the diocese and was also responsible for its pastoral services. He was the vicar capitular (in contemporary terms the Diocesan Administrator) of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme when named its Bishop. He was ordained Bishop on June 29, 1977, in Saint-Jérôme Cathedral by the then Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Angelo Palmas.

As member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Valois served on its Administrative Board (today its Permanent Council) and on the former Episcopal Commissions for Clergy and for Social Affairs (today the Commission for Justice and Peace), as well as the former French Sector Episcopal Commission for Social Communications. He was also a member of the Commission de la vidéo religieuse, a foundation established by the Bishops of Canada to encourage Catholic broadcasting and film production in the French language.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint-Jérôme’s Cathedral on Friday, August 9, 2013, at 10:30 am.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 07 2013  
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