Death of the Most Reverend Gérard Drainville, Bishop Emeritus of Amos

Tuesday, May 13 2014

drainville(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Most Reverend Gérard Drainville, Bishop Emeritus of Amos, died on May 11, 2014, at the age of 83. He had been named Bishop of Amos by Pope Paul VI on April 13, 1978, and retired because of health problems on May 3, 2004, at the age of 73 after more than 25 years as Bishop of the diocese.

Bishop Drainville was born in l’Ile Dupas, Quebec, on May 20, 1930. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliette on May 30, 1953, by Bishop Édouard Jetté, he was ordained Bishop on June 12, 1978, in the Cathedral of Amos by His Eminence Maurice Cardinal Roy, then Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada. Prior to his episcopal ordination, Bishop Drainville had taught biology in Joliette and also for several years in Madagascar. Considered a pioneer in research on the Saguenay Fjord, he received an honorary doctorate in 2004 from the Université du Québec à Rimouski for his contributions to Quebec oceanography.

During his episcopal ministry, Bishop Drainville served on several Commissions and Committees of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as of the Assembly of Québec Catholic Bishops. As member of the CCCB, he served on its Permanent Council (1990-1993 and 1995-1998), its former Commission for Social Affairs (1981-1991), its former Commission for Non-Believers, and its former Commission for Canon Law/Inter-Rite. These have since been succeeded by the Commission for Justice and Peace, the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, and the Standing Committee for Canon Law. From 1980 to 1986, Bishop Drainville was also one of two CCCB delegates on the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 20, the day of his 84th birthday, at 10:30 am in Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila Cathedral, Amos. His body will lie in state in the Cathedral during the afternoon and evening of May 19 and on the morning before his funeral.