I am sometimes asked what the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is and does. To answer simply, the CCCB, like any of the other national Episcopal Conferences in the world, is an organization of which the Bishops themselves are members, the purpose of which is to assist them in advancing, through communion, synodality, and collegiality, joint action for the good of the Catholic Church in Canada. This path is taken up in this third millennium by the shepherds of the Church together with all the Catholic faithful.
To this end, the Bishops of Canada gather in Plenary once a year to consider important questions affecting the Catholic faithful of our country in areas such as education, liturgy, responsible ministry, the dignity of life and the family, as well as the most pressing ethical questions of our times affecting the moral fabric of broader society. Outside of its Plenary meetings, the work of the Conference is carried out by the Bishops on the Permanent Council and Executive Committee, whose decisions are implemented with the assistance and support of a General Secretariat based in Ottawa.
In virtue of my own membership and participation in the life of the CCCB ever since my episcopal ordination in 2004, I have been witness to the marvellous action of the Spirit in the communion of the Body of Christ and in the missionary journey of the People of God in Canada, guiding Canada’s Bishops in a particular way to proclaim the Gospel in an increasingly complex world, but one filled nevertheless with enduring hope and new opportunities. Though particularly endowed with the call and charisms to teach, govern and sanctify, the Bishops count on and need the prayers and support of all of God’s People, including other clergy, laity and consecrated persons so that the witnessing is more fulsome and the radiance of Christ is shone throughout with greater brightness.
It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you as a visitor to this website. I encourage you to explore the wealth of information and resources which it contains. May it serve as another means of announcing the Good News, helping the Bishops of Canada to accompany and engage the pilgrim People of God on the path of holiness, especially the next generation of missionary disciples, who are steeped in the experience of new communications technologies.
Yours in Christ,
+ Richard Gagnon
Archbishop of Winnipeg
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops