Father John Corriveau named Bishop of Nelson

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corriveau.jpgOn 30 November 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Eugene Cooney as Bishop of Nelson, and appointed Father John Corriveau, O.F.M. Cap., as his successor.

At the time of his nomination, Bishop-elect Corriveau was the Provincial of the central Canadian province of Capuchins, which is based in Toronto. Bishop Cooney is retiring as required by Canon Law, having reached the age of 75 years in December 2006.

As a member of the Capuchins (O.F.M. Cap.), Bishop-elect Corriveau was ordained priest on 23 October 1965, following which he served as pastor and assistant pastor at St. Philip Neri Parish, Toronto. In addition to various other responsibilities within the Capuchin religious community, both in Toronto and Rome, he served as the Capuchin General Minister from 1994 to 2006.

The Diocese of Nelson has 28 diocesan priests, four priests who are members of religious communities and 18 religious Sisters serving over 67,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 20 2009  
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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.