Bishops of the English and French Sectors Meet During Plenary Assembly

Wednesday, September 23 2020

Ottawa – On this third day of the virtual Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the agenda was dedicated to the meetings of English Sector and French Sector Bishops allowing for discussion on liturgical, catechetical and other pastoral matters which are closely tied to language and culture.

The Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, Bishop of Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier and CCCB Vice President, chaired the meeting of the French Sector Bishops while the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB President, chaired the meeting of the English Sector Bishops. Members of both Sectors received updates from the Chairs or members of various Commissions, committees, and Catholic organizations to which the CCCB is a member or is represented by a delegate.

A discussion of particular relevance to both Sectors focused on the adaptation of the 2016 document published by the Congregation for the Clergy entitled The Gift of the Priestly VocationRatio Fundamentalis Insititutionis Sacerdotalis. The Ratio outlines the central elements and approach for the formation of future priests, with the understanding that Episcopal Conferences will make the necessary modifications to respond to the local context. Led by two ad hoc committees, the adaption of the document for Canada’s French and English seminaries continues to progress in a collaborative manner leading toward an eventual submission for recognition by the Congregation.

The Plenary Assembly continues through to Friday, 25 September 2020.

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