Episcopal Resignation for the Diocese of Trois-RivièresWednesday, January 27 2021
On 25 January 2021, His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Luc Bouchard, Bishop of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese for health reasons.
Bishop Bouchard was born on 18 November 1949, in Cornwall, Ontario. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Ottawa (1971) and went on to study at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology, also in Ottawa, earning a Bachelor of Theology (1974), a Master of Theology (1976), and a Licentiate (1977). He furthered his studies at l’École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem (1980-1981), as well as the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, from which he was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (1983). He was ordained to the priesthood on 4 September 1976 for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, where he served as Vicar of the Co-Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1976-1979). He was a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa (1978) where he spoke on the topic of sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity, and some years later at Saint Paul University (1983) where he spoke on hermeneutics of the Gospels according to Saint Mark. He returned to Cornwall to serve as Vicar of Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux parish (1983-1984) and then Vicar of the Co-Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1984-1986), where he later served as its administrator (1986) and rector (1986-1987). He was responsible for the promotion of Biblical studies among the clergy and laity for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall (1984-1987), and concurrently served as a professor at the Theological Centre of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal (1985-1990). His pastoral ministry included serving as pastor in parishes for the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall from 1987 to 1990 and again from 1994 to 1999. He served as a member of the formation team at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, while also serving as a faculty member at the Newman Theological College from 1990 to 1994 and again from 1999 to 2000, prior to his appointment as the Seminary’s rector in 2000.
On 8 September 2001, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Paul, Alberta, and was ordained to the episcopate on 9 November 2001. On 31 January 2012, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières, Québec, and installed on 26 March 2012, where he served until his resignation.
As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Bouchard served as a member of the then Commission for Christian Education (2003-2004), the then Committee for Programs and Priorities (2005-2006), the then Commission for Theology (2005-2006) of which he later became Chair (2005-2008), the Permanent Council as the Western regional representative (2005-2011), the Commission for Doctrine (2011-2014), the Permanent Council for a second time as a representative of the French Sector (2015-2019), and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue (2017-2020). In October 2008, he was selected as a CCCB delegate for the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.
The Diocese of Trois-Rivières has 16 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 235,998 served by 67 diocesan priests, together with 35 priests, 37 Brothers and 217 Sisters who are members of institutes of consecrated life, as well as 30 permanent deacons and 13 lay pastoral agents.