Death of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal

Wednesday, April 08 2015

Cardinal Turcotte 2013(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal, died on April 8, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He was 78 years old. The late Cardinal was a priest for 56 years and Bishop for 33 years. He served as the ninth Archbishop of Montreal, from 1990 to 2012. He was made Cardinal by Saint John Paul II at the Consistory of November 26, 1994.

In a telegram to the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, Pope Francis expressed his profound sorrow at the death of Cardinal Turcotte. “I implore the Lord to welcome into the light of eternal life this faithful Pastor who served the Church with dedication,” the Holy Father wrote.

Cardinal Turcotte was born in Montreal on June 26, 1936, and ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1959. In 1964, upon his return to the Archdiocese following a year of studies at the Catholic Faculties of Lille in France, he was named Diocesan Chaplain of JICF (Jeunesse indépendante catholique féminine) and of the Christian Worker Movement. From 1967 to 1974, he held a number of responsibilities in the Office for Clergy. In 1974, he became Director of the Office for Parishes, and in 1977 was named Diocesan Bursar. Archbishop Paul Grégoire appointed him Vicar General of the Archdiocese and General Co-ordinator for Pastoral Activities on September 25, 1981.

Pope John Paul II promoted him to the See of Suas and Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal on April 15, 1982. Ordained to the episcopate by Archbishop Paul Grégoire on June 29, 1982, he served as the Québec episcopal delegate with the provincial government during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Canada in 1984. He was also responsible for the co-ordination of the papal visit in the Archdiocese of Montréal. Pope John Paul II named him Archbishop of Montréal on March 17, 1990, and later announced his elevation to the rank of Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church on October 30, 1994. Over the course of his 30 years as Bishop, Cardinal Turcotte was, for over 20 years, an Ex Officio member of the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). In addition to being President of the Episcopal Conference from 1997 to 1999, he also served on the former Commission for Social Affairs and the Standing Committee for Government Relations and Public Policy, as well as serving as CCCB representative on the Board of the Fondation canadienne de la vidéo religieuse. As a member of the College of Cardinals, he served on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and the Special Council for America of the Synod of Bishops. As well, he participated in the papal Conclaves of 2005 and 2013.

Visitation will be open to the public at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal, on Thursday, April 16, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., where his body will lie in state. The funeral Mass will be on April 17, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at the Cathedral. Salt + Light TV will broadcast live the celebration.

For more information, see the website of the Archdiocese of Montreal.—en/reader/items/death-of-cardinal-jean-claude-turcotte.html