CCCB 2014 Plenary Assembly Closes; Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Expresses Concern About Food Shortages and Hunger

Friday, September 19 2014

(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Catholic Bishops of Canada since this past September 15 met in Plenary Assembly at the Hotel Mont-Sainte-Anne in Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec. On the last day of its annual meeting, the Plenary Assembly welcomed the Most Reverend Guire Poulard, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Archbishop Poulard is currently visiting Canada as part of the 2014 fall education and action campaign of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. In his remarks to the Plenary, he spoke about Development and Peace projects in Haiti following the massive earthquake there in 2010, and his concerns about food shortages and hunger. The theme of this fall’s Development and Peace campaign is So much love: Small family farmers feed the world.

The Plenary Assembly during its last session ratified the nominations of the Chairmen for the National and Sectoral Commissions of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) for the next three years. The new Chairmen of the National Commissions are: Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, the Most Reverend Claude Champagne, O.M.I., Bishop of Edmundston; Doctrine, the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal; Justice and Peace, the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon. Those appointed Chairmen of the Sector Commissions are: English Sector Catechesis, the Most Reverend Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of St-Boniface; English Sector Liturgy and the Sacraments, the Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan; French Sector Liturgy and the Sacraments, the Most Reverend Yvon-Joseph Moreau, O.C.S.O., Bishop of Ste-Anne-de-la Pocatière. As well, the Bishops approved the 2013 CCCB financial statements and its 2015 budget.

The concluding session of the Plenary ended with a brief report by Archbishop Pettipas who is chairing a small ad hoc group of Bishops on possible follow-up by dioceses in Canada to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Coverage of the Plenary by Salt + Light TV

For the fourth time in the history of the CCCB, the Canadian Catholic television network Salt + Light broadcast a number of the events of the Plenary Assembly, both on the Internet and by television. This video footage remains available on the websites of the CCCB, at, and also on the Salt + Light TV website,

The texts published by the 2014 Plenary Assembly, including the President’s letter to the Holy Father as well as the daily news releases, are available on the Conference’s website.