CCCB Plenary Assembly: Archbishop André Gaumond Elected President

Sunday, September 18 2005
(CCCB – Cornwall)… On the first day of their annual Plenary Assembly, the Bishops of Canada elected Most Reverend André Gaumond, Archbishop of Sherbrooke, as President of their Episcopal Conference for the next two years.

As Vice President of the Conference for the last two years, Archbishop Gaumond succeeds Most Reverend Brendan M. O’Brien, Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland, who has held this position since 2003. He becomes the 30th President of the Conference.

Born in Saint-Thomas de Montmagny in 1936, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1961; in 1985, he was ordained to the episcopate, and in 1996, appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and then Archbishop of Sherbrooke. He has also served on the Episcopal Commission for Relations with Associations of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity, as well as the Commissions for Theology and Evangelization of Peoples.

Since the CCCB President and Vice President alternate between the English and French Sectors, Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg, was elected Vice President. Born in Vibank, Saskatchewan, in 1938, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1963, and as Bishop of Saskatoon in 1996, then named Archbishop of Winnipeg in 2000. Archbishop Weisgerber was elected CCCB Co-Treasurer in 2003, and has served on the Episcopal Commissions for Social Affairs and Liturgy.

The CCCB is holding its annual Plenary Assembly in Cornwall, Ontario, at the Nav Canada Centre until Friday, 23 September, to discuss a number of pastoral and financial issues.

The CCCB is the assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It assists the Canadian bishops in their many pastoral responsibilities. The Conference involves itself in issues of national and international scope and provides the bishops a forum where they can share their experience and insight on the life of the Church and the major events that shape society.

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