Archbishop Brendan O'Brien of St. John's New President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Monday, October 27 2003
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(CCCB – Cap-de-la-Madeleine) – As the bishops of Canada began their annual Plenary assembly in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, they chose Archbishop Brendan O’Brien of St. John’s, Newfoundland, as the 30th president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., and Archbishop Brendan O'Brien at the 2003 Plenary Meeting in Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

Archbishop O’Brien, who served as vice-president for the past two years, succeeds Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Saint Jean-Longueuil, who has just completed his two-year term. He will be the first bishop from Newfoundland and Labrador to serve as President.

Born in Ottawa in 1943, the new president was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 and named Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa in 1987, Bishop of Pembroke in 1993 and Archbishop of St. John’s in 2000. He has served on numerous commissions at the CCCB, including social affairs, ecumenism, theology and relations with associations.

The new vice-president elected is Archbishop André Gaumond of Sherbrooke, Quebec, respecting the alternance of English and French on the CCCB executive committee. Archbishop Gaumond was born in Montmagny, Quebec, in 1936 and ordained to the priesthood in 1961. He was named Bishop of Saint-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Quebec, in 1985, and Coadjutor Archbishop and Archbishop of Sherbrooke in 1996. Archbishop Gaumond has been co-treasurer of the CCCB since 2001, and has served on numerous commissions, including relations with associations, theology and evangelization of peoples.


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