Father Gary Gordon appointed Bishop of Whitehorse

Thursday, January 05 2006

(CCCB – Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed Most Reverend Gary Gordon as Bishop of Whitehorse, Yukon. He had been the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, Chilliwack, in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The newly appointed bishop succeeds Most Reverend Denis Croteau, of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.), who, while remaining Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, had accepted the role of Apostolic Administrator of Whitehorse in May 2003. The diocese had therefore been vacant since the accidental death of Most Reverend Thomas Lobsinger, O.M.I., in 2000.

Bishop-elect Gordon was born June 10, 1957 in Burnaby, British Columbia. He studied at the Seminary of Christ the King, Mission, B.C.; at St. Jerome College, University of Waterloo; and at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario. He was ordained into the priesthood on May 22, 1982 for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Prior to his appointment as Bishop, Father Gordon had served several parishes throughout British Columbia, including Vancouver, Chilliwack and Mission. Since 1994 he has served as the Pacific regional representative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) with the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy of the Correctional Service of Canada, and has also been the CCCB principal liaison and spokesperson on the Interfaith Committee since 2002.

The Diocese of Whitehorse consists of five diocesan priests, seven religious order priests, two permanent deacons, seven women religious and eight lay pastoral assistants which service a population of 8000 Catholics in 20 parishes and missions.

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