(CCCB – Ottawa)... On 18 October 2008, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Clément Fecteau as Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Quebec, and appointed Abbot Yvon-Joseph Moreau, O.C.S.O., as his successor.
At the time of his nomination, Bishop-elect Moreau was Abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Oka, north of Montreal. Bishop Fecteau is retiring as required by Canon Law, having reached the age of 75 in April 2008.
Born on 29 October 1941, in Saint-Pascal-de-Kamouraska, Quebec, Bishop-elect Moreau was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière in 1968. During the two years that followed, he studied philosophy at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He then went on to teach at the National Seminary of Managua, in Nicaragua, where he stayed until 1973. Upon his return to Canada, he served as parish priest and worked in education until he joined the Cistercian Order in 1984. After only six years, he was elected Abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Oka, becoming the fourth Abbot since the foundation of the monastery in 1881.
The Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière has 95 diocesan priests, seven permanent deacons and 150 religious Sisters serving over 87,700 Catholics in 58 parishes and missions.