Most Reverend Robert Lebel, Bishop of Valleyfield, Retires

Friday, June 30 2000

His Holiness Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Robert Lebel, Bishop of Valleyfield, on June 29, 2000.

Bishop Lebel was born in 1924 at Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1950. He was Bishop of Valleyfield since 1976, having been Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil from 1974 to 1976.

After receiving his Doctorat in Theology from the Angelicum in Rome, he serves as professor and later Rector of the Major Seminary in Rimouski. In 1964 he accompanied the then Bishop of Rimouski to the Second Vatican Council as a peritus. From 1989 to 1991 Bishop Lebel was President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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 Lebel in August 1999. The Pope may accept the resignation forthwith or delay his decision.

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