A Canadian named Bishop in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, January 16 2007

 (CCCB – Ottawa)… On 15 January 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Christian Blouin, C.M.M., as Bishop of Lae, Papua New Guinea. Up to then, the Bishop-elect was novice master for his religious community (the Missionaries of Mariannhill) in the Diocese of Lae.

 (CCCB – Ottawa)… On 15 January 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Christian Blouin, C.M.M., as Bishop of Lae, Papua New Guinea. Up to then, the Bishop-elect was novice master for his religious community (the Missionaries of Mariannhill) in the Diocese of Lae.

Born in Saint-Sébastien, Quebec, in 1941, he was ordained a priest in 1969. He succeeds Bishop Henry Anthony A. van Lieshout, C.M.M., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted by the Holy Father, on his having reached the age limit.

He becomes the 12th Canadian to exercise the episcopal ministry outside of Canada, and is the second Canadian Bishop currently serving in Papua New Guinea, where Most Reverend Gilles Côté, S.M.M., is Bishop of Daru-Kiunga.

More details on the appointment are available from the website of the Missionaries of Mariannhill: http://www.mariannhill.org/dcms/sites/cmm/english/index.html