Appointment of new Bishop for SaskatoonTuesday, September 12 2017
(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen as Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon. At the time of his appointment, he was Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. Bishop Hagemoen succeeds the Most Reverend Donald Bolen who was appointed Archbishop of Regina on 11 July 2016. Archbishop Bolen served as Apostolic Administrator of Saskatoon until he was installed as Archbishop of Regina on 14 October 2016. Since then, the Reverend Kevin McGee has been Diocesan Administrator of Saskatoon.
Bishop-elect Mark Hagemoen was born and raised in Vancouver. After completing his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of British Columbia, he travelled throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe for a year, before entering St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, and completing his Master’s of Divinity there in 1990. After being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Vancouver in May 1990, he received a National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and a Diploma for Advanced Studies in Ministry in 1997, and subsequently completed the Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Western University in 2007.
He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith on 15 October 2013 and ordained Bishop on 15 December 2013. As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Hagemoen serves on the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council and is also a member of the CCCB Ad hoc Committee on the Transition of the Northern Dioceses.
According to the CCCB 2017 Directory, the Diocese of Saskatoon has 93 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 86,645 served by 36 diocesan priests, 36 priests who are members of institutes of consecrated life, four permanent deacons, 149 religious Sisters and nine Brothers who are members of religious institutes, as well as 45 lay pastoral workers.