Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Welcome Christian Riesbeck CC, Ottawa's New Auxiliary Bishop


LE PAPE FRANÇOIS NOMME UN NOUVEL ÉVÊQUE AUXILIAIRE À OTTAWA

A Rome aujourd’hui on a annoncé la nomination par le saint Père du père Christian Riesbeck, c.c. comme évêque titulaire de Tipasa en Numidie et évêque auxiliaire à Ottawa. Jusqu’à présent, le père Riesbeck était chancelier de l’archidiocèse d’Ottawa depuis 2011, ainsi qu’adjoint supérieur général des « Compagnons de la Croix » – une société sacerdotale de vie apostolique fondée à Ottawa depuis 2012.

It was announced in Rome today that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Christian Riesbeck, CC as Titular Bishop of Tipasa in Numidia and Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa.
Bishop-elect Riesbeck was born in Montreal on February 7, 1970 to Heribert Riesbeck, a native of Germany and Colette Levesque, originally from Grand Falls, New Brunswick. His elementary schooling took place in Aylmer, Quebec and in Nepean, Ontario and his secondary schooling at St. Pius X High School in Nepean. He earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in political science from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto and a Master’s degree and Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.

Ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Marcel Gervais at Notre Dame Cathedral on October 12, 1996, he served for brief periods between 1996 and 1999 at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Kingston, St. Jude’s in Hawkesbury, Our Lady of Divine Love in Pendleton and St. Francis Xavier in Brockville before becoming pastor of Queen of Peace parish in Houston, Texas (1999-2008).

Les parents et les deux sœurs du père Riesbeck, Sylvie (Craig) et Heidi (Pierre), demeurent à Ottawa. En plus du français et de l’anglais, il parle espagnol et allemand.

24 comments:

  1. jose a bettencourtJanuary 7, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Congratulations on Pope Francis' nomination as Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa. I join with Archbishop Prendergast, the presbyterium of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, family and friends to wish you many blessings in your generous service to the Church. You can count on my prayers and support in your ministry. fr jose bettencourt

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  2. My congratulations to Bishop elect Riesbeck, Archbishop Prendergast and the archdiocese of Ottawa on the appointment of a very fine and most capable priest. My prayers are with you as you begin this new chapter in your life. Fr. John Fletcher, CC

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  3. Congratulations my ol' fellow Challenger! My prayers are with you. As I was writing this I just heard the news on CTV. :) God bless you always. Sarah Hogan, Ottawa

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  4. Congratulations to Bishop-elect Riesbeck, and to the Archdiocese of Ottawa. What exciting news! Also, congratulations to the Companions of the Cross; from new order to producing a bishop in less than forty years!

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  5. Bishop-elect Riesbeck was a gracious, knowledgeable, and helpful host when I was doing research in the Archdiocesan Archives. I offer him my heartiest congratulations!

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  6. Congratulations, Bishop-elect Riesbeck! Ad multos annos! I will remember you in the Holy Sacrifice at the Altar.

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  7. Alleluia! A great gift for Canada, for Ottawa, for the Church.

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  8. Congratulations Fr. Riesbeck. I heartily agree with Fr. Denis Lemieux and wish to add - What a great gift for the Pro-Life Movement in Ottawa! May God bless you abundantly and Our Lady keep you ever close to her Immaculate Heart. Fr. Bob is probably enjoying the Party that Heaven is 'throwing' for you today.

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  9. Congratulations Fr. Riesbeck. Pleasant surprise for the New Year of Grace of Our Lord JesusChrisT.
    GodSpeed

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  10. Congratulations ... and prayers for a fruitful and joyous ministry.

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  11. You can be certain Fr. Bedard is smiling. Congratulations Fr.

    Paul Noah

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  12. congrats from Newfoundland @labrador

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  13. Heartfelt gratitude to God and Pope Francis and congratulations to Fr. Christian and all his CC brothers!

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    1. Congratulations Fr. Christian. May Jesus be with you always and may Mother Mary be with you all the time.

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  15. Hooray!

    This is great news! Fr. Christian, be assured of my prayers and full support. God bless and protect you! Thank you for saying yes! Congratulations Archbishop Prendergast; you must be very happy, and we're all happy with you! Fr Anthony.

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  16. I am absolutely filled with joy at this Announcement. May the Lord bless and strengthen you in your upcoming ministry Fr. Christian and May the Lord ease the load on your full shoulders Arch-Bishop Terry.

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  17. Congratulations from Germany!

    Peter Reitz

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  18. Félicitations Mgr Riesbeck. Pardonnez mon ignorance, mais pourquoi Tipasa en Numidie? Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire en réalité?

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  19. Congratulation Fr. Riesbeck. May our Lord bless you with His wisdom and grace in the monumental task He has entrusted to you. May our Blessed Mother wrap you in the mantle of her protection.

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  20. Congratulation Fr. Riesbeck. Prayers for a fruitful and joyous ministry.

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    1. Justin Trudeau, like his father before him, understands that religious freedom merely means that you get to decide how you live YOUR life, in your own home and in your own churches, but that you do not get to decide how the rest of the world should live theirs. It really IS that easy.

      You comments and threats against Justin Trudeau's defense of democracy was scandalous.

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    2. Mark, one of the issues Justin Trudeau needs to address, and Canada's Bishops and Cardinals must address, is his relationship to his professed formal spiritual home, the Catholic Church.

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