Death of the Most Reverend Arthé Guimond, Archbishop Emeritus of Grouard-McLennan

Thursday, February 07 2013

guimond(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Most Reverend Arthé Guimond, Archbishop Emeritus of Grouard-McLennan, Alberta, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Saint-Albert, Alberta, at the age of 81. Archbishop Guimond was born on May 22, 1931, in St. François-Xavier des Hauteurs, Quebec. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan on June 23, 1957. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he did pastoral work in the Archdiocese for four years.

Archbishop Guimond was extensively involved in education. He taught at the Collège universitaire de Hearst in Ontario; the San Francisco archdiocesan seminary; Newman Theological College, Edmonton; the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; and Saint Boniface Seminary in Manitoba. From 1975 to 1987 he served as a theologian on what was then the pastoral team of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He returned to the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan almost 30 years later, serving as pastor of Fairview and then Peace River, from 1987 to 1998, and also as Vicar General, from 1996 to 1998. Archbishop Guimond had been diocesan administrator of the Archdiocese, from 1998 to 2000, following the death of the Most Reverend Henri Goudreault, O.M.I., in July 1998. He was appointed Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan by Blessed John Paul II in June 8, 2000. His resignation as Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan was accepted by the Holy Father in November 2006, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 for Bishops.

As member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as a member, from 2001 to 2003, as Chairman of the former Commission for Christian Education of the French Sector. 

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Basilica, Edmonton, on Friday, February 15, at 10:30 am, with the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the CCCB, presiding. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, McLennan, on Friday, February 22, at 7:30 pm, with Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., presiding.