Episcopal appointment for the Archdiocese of QuebecTuesday, December 12 2023
December 12, 2023, Ottawa – Today, His Holiness Pope Francis named Father Juan Carlos Londoño Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Quebec. At the time of his appointment, he was serving as a priest fidei donum for the Diocese of Gaspé.
Bishop-elect Londoño, the son of Horacio Londoño and Rosalía Uribe de Londoño, was born in Medellín, Colombia on April 3, 1974. In 1994, he abandoned his studies at university in international finance to enter the Major Seminary of Medellin, where he obtained degrees in Philosophy and Theology.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Medellin on November 24, 2001, with his first assignment being in the parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and also as Director of pastoral care for the deaf, to whom he ministered for nine years. Later, he was appointed parish priest of Saint Camille de Lellis for three years. Finally, in the city of Medellin, he was parish priest at Saint Antoine-Marie Claret.
At the request of the Most Rev. Jean Gagnon, then Bishop of Gaspé, then-Father Juan Carlos was sent to Canada in February 2008 to exercise his ministry as a priest fidei donum in the Diocese of Gaspé. He held a variety of positions: first as parish priest at Notre-Dame des Saints Anges in New-Richmond, Saint-Jules-de-Cascapédia, Saint-Edgard and the Kateri Mission in Katékwita, until July 2017. In August 2017, Bishop-elect Londoño became parish priest of the Pastoral Sector De la Rivière à la Montagne, which includes the parishes of Pointe-à-la-Croix, Pointe-à-la Garde, l’Alverne and the Listuguj mission, to which were added, in July 2018, Saint-Omer and Nouvelle, which are now part of the pastoral sector.
In 2020, the Kateri Tekakwitha Mission was added once again. In addition to knowing how to communicate in Sign Language, Bishop-elect Londoño speaks Spanish, French, and English, and understands Micmac.
The Archdiocese of Quebec, the oldest episcopal see in Canada, is made up of 40 parishes and missions, 251 diocesan priests, 139 priests in consecrated life, 76 permanents deacons, 116 men and 1,498 women who are members of institutes of consecrated life serving in monastic communities or religious orders, and some 1,000,849 catholic laity.
The Archdiocese of Quebec has produced a video (in French only) to introduce Bishop-Elect Juan Carlos Londoño to the faithful.
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