Death of Most Rev. Jean-Marie Fortier, Archbishop Emeritus of Sherbrooke

Friday, November 01 2002

(CCCB – Ottawa) Most Rev. Jean-Marie Fortier, Archbishop emeritus of Sherbrooke, died yesterday at the age of 82.

The funeral celebration will be presided by Archbishop André Gaumond of Sherbrooke at the Cathedral Basilica in Sherbrooke. Visitation will take place in Quebec City on Sunday, November 3, and then at the Cathedral Basilica in Sherbrooke, on Monday, November 4 (7 pm-9 pm), and Tuesday, November 5 (10 am-noon, 2 pm-4 pm and 7 pm-9 pm).

Archbishop Fortier was born on July 1, 1920, in Quebec City, and ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Jean-Marie Villeneuve, on June 16, 1944. He was ordained on November 16, 1960, as Auxiliary Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. In 1965, the Holy Father named him Bishop of Gaspé, and three years later he succeeded Most Rev. Georges Cabana as Archbishop of Sherbrooke. He retired in 1996.

He served as President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) from 1973 to 1975, and was a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome.