Most Reverend André Vallée Retires as Bishop of Hearst

Thursday, November 03 2005

(CCCB – Ottawa)… Pope Benedict XVI accepted today the resignation of Most Reverend André Vallée, P.M.E., Bishop of Hearst, in Ontario.

In accordance with Canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law, a Bishop must present his resignation to the Holy Father when he attains the age of 75 years, the age arrived at by Bishop Vallée last July. The Pope may accept the resignation forthwith or delay his decision.

There being no immediate appointment by the Holy See, the Diocese of Hearst will select an Administrator to see to the proper management of diocesan matters until a successor is appointed.

Bishop Vallée was born in 1930 at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He has been Bishop of Hearst since 1996, having been the Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada from 1987 to 1996.

Member of the Prêtres des Missions Étrangères (P.M.E.) for which he served as a missionary for a number of years in the Philippines between 1961 and 1973, he was also the General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) from 1979 to 1985, during which time he was in charge of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada in 1984.

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