Death of the Most Reverend Louis Dicaire, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil

Friday, July 24, 2020

Ottawa – The Most Reverend Louis Dicaire, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, died on 19 July 2020.

Born in Montreal, 29 August 1946, Bishop Dicaire was ordained priest on 20 January 1974 for the Archdiocese of Montreal in Jean XXIII’s Parish where he served as Vicar for three years. He completed his classical studies at the Collège Grasset and Collège Saint-Jean-Vianney in Montreal and his theological studies at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal. He undertook graduate studies first at the University of Sherbrooke where he obtained a Master’s degree in pastoral care (1983), and then at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome, obtaining a Licenciate in Sacramental Theology. Before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop, he was Assistant Director of the Service de pastorale liturgique; in 1990, he became Secretary of the Most Reverend Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal; and in 1996, Episcopal Vicar of the Eastern region of the Archdiocese of Montreal. In 1997, he participated in the Synod of Bishops for America as a special member of the Synod Secretariat.

On 18 February 1999, Bishop Dicaire was appointed Titular Bishop of Thizica and Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal. His ordination took place on 25 March 1999 and he was then appointed Episcopal Vicar for pastoral reconfigurations. On 19 June 2004, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and inaugurated his pastoral ministry on 24 September 2004. He served as Vicar General for the pastoral regions until 2014.

As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Dicaire was a member of the former Episcopal Theological Commission (1999-2000); member of the Episcopal Liturgy Commission of the French Sector (2000-2005); and chairman of the former Episcopal Commission for Social Communications of the French Sector (2005-2008). He acted as chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and Sacraments of the French Sector (2008-2014) and as liaison Bishop and chairman of the Commission épiscopale francophone pour les traductions liturgiques (CEFTL) from 2011 to 2014.

Bishop Dicaire will lie in state at Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste Cathedral, 215 Longueuil Street, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, on Tuesday 28 July at 1:00 pm. The funeral Mass will follow at 2:00 pm and will be presided by the Most Reverend Claude Hamelin, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. Due to the pandemic, movement will be limited in the Cathedral and the wearing of a mask will be required during the viewing and the funeral Mass. The number of worshipers will be limited to the reduced capacity of the Cathedral.