The Establishment of New Archdiocese Ottawa-Cornwall, Archbishop Prendergast Takes Possession of the New Archdiocese and the Reception of a New Coadjutor Archbishop

Wednesday, June 17 2020

On 6 May 2020, the Holy Father announced the creation of a new ecclesiastical circumscription, the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall, by amalgamating the former Archdiocese of Ottawa with the former Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. At the same time, Pope Francis appointed the Most Revered Terrence J. Prendergast, S.J., as Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall and the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse, currently Bishop of Sault Ste- Marie, as Coadjutor Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Yesterday, Tuesday 16 June 2020, and respecting the limitation of participants due to COVID-19, the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., Bishop-elect of Pembroke, having been delegated by the Apostolic Nuncio in Canada, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, presided at Mid-Morning Prayer, during which Archbishop Prendergast took possession of the new archdiocese and Bishop Damphousse was welcomed as Coadjutor Archbishop.

To view photos from the celebration, please visit the website of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall at