Most Rev. Raymond J. Lahey Named Bishop of Antigonish

Saturday, April 05 2003

(CCCB – Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope John Paul II today named Most Reverend Raymond J. Lahey as Bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. At the time of his appointment, he was Bishop of St. George’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Diocese of Antigonish has been vacant since the retirement of Bishop Colin Campbell in October 2002 for reasons of health.

Born May 29, 1940, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Bishop Lahey studied for the priesthood at Saint Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa and was ordained as a priest on June 13, 1963. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and pursued post-doctoral studies in Church history at the University of Cambridge, England.

Before being named Bishop of St. George’s in July 1986, he taught religious studies at Memorial University in St. John’s and served in various pastoral positions for the Archdiocese, including Vicar General and pastor of St. Peter’s Parish.

At present, Bishop Lahey is President of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly and a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He has served on a number of commissions of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, including the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy, the Episcopal Commission for Christian Education, and the Episcopal Commission for Ecumenism.

The Diocese of Antigonish has 137 diocesan priests, 12 religious priests, one permanent deacon, 332 religious (including both women and men other than religious priests), and 14 lay pastoral ministers serving a Catholic population of 139,990 in 123 parishes and missions.