Coadjutor Archbishop Lavoie, O.M.I., named Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas

Monday, March 27 2006
Most Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I., Archbishop-Elect of Keewatin-Le Pas

(CCCB – Ottawa)… Pope Benedict XVI has named Most Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I., as Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas. Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop on 11 July 2005, he was named Archbishop on 25 March 2006, at the same time as the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Peter A. Sutton, O.M.I., who had been Archbishop of the diocese since 1986.

Archbishop Lavoie was born on 22 April 1947 in North Battleford, Sask. After joining the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and studying philosophy and theology at St. Charles Scholasticate, Battleford, Sask. and Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. He later became Provincial Superior and Consultor of his religious community and worked in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, which includes the northern parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  

Archbishop Lavoie is currently a member of the Episcopal Commission for the Evangelization of Peoples, one of six national Commissions of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).  

Born in Chandler, Qc, in October 1934, and also an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, Archbishop Sutton was ordained to the priesthood in October 1960. In 1974 he was ordained as Bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville, following which he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas in February 1986. In November of that same year, he was named Archbishop. Now aged 71, Archbishop Sutton has incurred health problems over the past few years.


Archbishop Sutton served on a number of CCCB national and sectoral Commissions, including the Commissions for Social Affairs, Christian Education and the Evangelization of Peoples. He was also national spiritual advisor with the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, 1987-1988, and Bishop ponens with the Pontifical Missions Society, 2002-2006. 

The Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas has a Catholic population of 37,000 in 48 parishes and missions, served by 16 diocesan and religious order priests, nine religious Sisters and Brothers and 13 lay pastoral assistants.


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