Most Rev. Brendan O’Brien Named Archbishop of St. John’s

Monday, December 04 2000

(CCCB – Ottawa) His Holiness Pope John Paul II today accepted the resignation of Most Rev. James H. MacDonald, CSC, and named Most. Rev.Brendan M. O’Brien as Archbishop of St. John’s, Nfld. He has been Bishop of Pembroke, Ont.

Archbishop O’Brien was born in Ottawa on September 28, 1943, and ordained to the priesthood in 1968. He studied theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and received a doctorate in moral theology from Lateran University in Rome in 1974. Before being appointed Bishop of Pembroke in 1993, Archbishop O’Brien had been Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa since 1987.

The new Archbishop has been very active in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). As Co-Treasurer, he is currently on its Executive Committee and the Permanent Council. He is also a member of the Episcopal Commission for Relations with Associations of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity, and has formerly served on the Commissions for Social Affairs, Theology and Ecumenism.

Archbishop James H. MacDonald, CSC, is retiring after nine years as Archbishop of St. John’s, having reached the age of retirement for a bishop as stipulated in Canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law.

The Archdiocese of St. John’s, Nfld., serves a Catholic population of 120,000 in 92 parishes and missions. It has 39 secular priests, 10 religious priests and 260 men and women religious.

Archbishop Brendan M. O'Brien
Most Rev. Brendan M. O’Brien Most Rev. James H. MacDonald