Canadian Bishops to Elect New President at September Plenary Meeting

Wednesday, August 22 2001

(CCCB — Ottawa) — The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be choosing a new president when Canada’s bishops meet in Plenary session September 20-25 at the Nav Canada Centre in Cornwall to replace Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI, of Prince George who has held the post since 1999.

The bishops will also be electing a new vice president and two co-treasurers to round out the four-member Executive Committee.

Another major item on the Plenary agenda is World Youth Day 2002.  National Director Thomas Rosica, CSB, will be on hand to bring the bishops up to date on planning for the event as well as to answer any questions the bishops may have.

Other important items on the agenda include a full discussion of presentations that Canadian representatives are to make at the Synod of Bishops on the ministry of bishop that will take place in Rome just days after the Plenary meeting ends, a review of the mandates of the two sectoral commissions for Christian education, and presentations on the challenges of Christian education in Canada today.

The annual Plenary meeting allows Canada’s bishops a forum to examine major questions facing the Church in Canada as well as to share ideas and develop strategies to carry out their pastoral ministry more effectively.  Close to 100 bishops are expected to attend the Cornwall meeting.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops assists the Canadian bishops in their role as pastors. The Conference concerns itself with questions of national and international scope such as social justice in Canada and in developing countries, ecumenism, Christian education, and respect for life.