Two Episcopal Nominations for Quebec

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(CCCB-Ottawa) His Holiness Pope John Paul II today named two Montreal Auxiliary bishops to other dioceses in Quebec. Most Rev. André Rivest has been named Bishop of Chicoutimi, succeeding Most Rev. Jean-Guy Couture who has reached the mandatory age of retirement according to Canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law. Most Rev. Louis Dicaire has been named Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil.

Bishop Rivest was born in 1942 in Repentigny, Quebec. He studied for the priesthood at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, was ordained a priest and named Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal in 1995. He has worked for many years in vocations ministry and in 2002 was co-chair of the Third Continental Congress on Vocations that was held in Montreal, organized conjointly by the Canadian and American episcopal conferences. 

Bishop Rivest's installation will take place September 17 at 8 p.m.at Saint Francois Xavier Cathedral on Racine Street in Chicoutimi. 

Bishop Dicaire was born in 1946 in Montreal. He studied for the priesthood at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, was ordained a priest in 1974 and named Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal in 1999.  At present, he is a member of the CCCB French Sector Commission for Liturgy.   He will assist the Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Most Rev. Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V.

The Diocese of Chicoutimi has a Catholic population of 260,000 in 85 parishes and missions, served by 179 diocesan priests, 39 religious order priests, 39 permanent deacons, 615 religious sisters and brothers and 110 pastoral assistants.

The Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, the fourth largest in Canada, has a Catholic population of 550,000 in 70 parishes and missions, served by 96 diocesan priests, 43 religious priests, 3 permanent deacons, 305 religious sisters and brothers and 147 pastoral assistants.

Most Rev. André Rivest 

Most Rev. André Rivest

Most Rev. Louis Dicaire
Most Rev. Louis Dicaire

 


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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.