Monday, May 26, 2008

Canada's newest shepherd

The people at the Vatican Congregation for Bishops have been hard at work these days, and the fruit of their labour was published earlier today.

His Holiness, Benedict XVI finally accepted the resignation from pastoral governance submitted by His Excellency, Blaise Morand, who until yesterday served as Bishop of Prince Albert, SK. Bishop Morand celebrated his 75th birthday on September 12, 2007 and in accordance with the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law (Canon 401, 1), he submitted a letter of resignation, but that letter was not officially accepted until now.

In his place, the pope has named Father Albert Thévenot, M. Afr., a Missionary of Africa or White Father who has until now served as Provincial Superior of this Order, to head the Northern-Saskatchewan diocese.
  • Official announcement of the appointment of the new Shepherd of the Church of Prince Albert, posted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Details about the Episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Thévenot will be announced shortly.

With this appointment, only one Canadian diocese remains vacant, although for reasons of pastoral governance, the Diocese of Yarmouth, NS is currently under the administration of the Archbishop of Halifax, His Excellency, Anthony Mancini.

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