Apostolic Administrator Appointed for the Diocese of Saint John

Friday, September 08 2006

(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed Most Rev. Martin Currie, Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Before, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Most Rev. Joseph Faber MacDonald, due to health reasons and the approach of his 75th birthday (the age of retirement for bishops, according to the Code of Canon Law). Bishop MacDonald has served as the Bishop of Saint John since 1998.

Bishop Currie will have all the faculties of a residential bishop until a new bishop is appointed for the Diocese of Saint John. He will also continue with his responsibilities as Bishop of Grand Falls. In addition to Saint John, the Diocese of Hearst, Ontario, and the Diocese of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, also currently have an Apostolic Administrator.

Bishop Currie was born on December 11, 1943, at Marinette, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, and ordained to the priesthood in 1968. He was ordained to the episcopate in 2001. He is currently a member of the Commission for Evangelization of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as one of two CCCB representatives on the national council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada created by the Canadian bishops in 1967.

Over the 26 years since he was ordained bishop, Most Reverend Faber MacDonald has served on a number of commissions of the CCCB and also its Permanent Council. He is currently a member of the Commission for Relations with Associations of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity, and also serving as CCCB representative with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of Canada as well as with the National Catholic Broadcasting Council. Before being named to the Diocese of Saint John, he had been Bishop of Grand Falls.

The Diocese of Saint John has 70 diocesan priests, nine religious priests, two permanent deacons, 127 men and women religious and 20 lay pastoral assistants who serve a Catholic population of 115,000 in 91 parishes and missions. The Diocese of Grand Falls serves a Catholic population of 35,000 in 72 parishes and missions with 32 diocesan priests, one priest who is a religious and 26 women religious.



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