New Bishop for Peterborough

Saturday, December 28 2002

(CCCB – Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope John Paul II today named Most Reverend Nicola De Angelis, C.F.I.C., as Bishop of Peterborough, Ontario. At the time of his nomination, he was Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, where he has served since 1992. His nomination came at the same time as the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Bishop James L. Doyle who had served for 26 years as Bishop of Peterborough.

A member of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop De Angelis was born 23 January 1939 in Pozzaglia Sabina, Italy. After studying philosophy and theology in Italy, he came to Canada at the end of the 1960s. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology from St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, and later a doctorate in theology from the Toronto School of Theology.

Ordained a priest in 1970, he became a Canadian citizen in 1975. After serving in two Toronto parishes from 1970 to 1980, he was vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Toronto from 1980 to 1984. From 1984 to 1992, he served in Rome as general treasurer and then general superior of his religious congregation. In 1992, he was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities with the Archdiocese of Toronto, Bishop De Angelis also assists the Holy See as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The Diocese of Peterborough has 106 diocesan priests, 11 religious priests, 101 women religious, 13 permanent deacons and five lay pastoral assistants serving a population of more than 83,000 Catholics in 70 parishes and missions.