Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ontario Auxiliary Bishops Named to Newfoundland and Labrador Dioceses - CCCB Staff Meet Pope Benedict XVI - St. David of Wales

Most Reverend Peter Hundt, bishop-elect of Corner Brook and Labrador, NL

Today it was announced in Rome that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed as Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador, NL the Most Reverend Peter Hundt, 54, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto for the Northern Region (based in Barrie, ON), a bishop since 2006.

Archbishop Currie of St. John's, NL has been relieved of his responsibility for the Grand Falls diocese

The Holy Father has also accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Martin William Currie as Bishop of Grand Falls, NL according to canon 401 § 2 (while remaining Archbishop of St. John’s) and has appointed as Bishop of Grand Falls, NL the Most Reverend Robert Anthony Daniels, 53, currently Auxiliary Bishop of London, based in Windsor, ON, a bishop since 2004.

Most Reverend Anthony Daniels, bishop-elect of Grand Falls, NL

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Leadership of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Meets in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI

Left to right with Pope Benedict XVI: CCCB President Mgr Pierre Morissette, Vice-President Archbishop Richard Smith, General Secretary Msgr Patrick Powers

From time to time the leaders of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops travel to Rome to discuss with officials of the Roman Curia matters of mutual interest in the governance of the Church. When possible, the Holy Father receives our representatives, an especially fortuitous expression of the communion that is shared by the bishops of Canada with the Head of the College of Bishops. 

One such occasion was last week when Mgr Morissette and Archbishop Smith, accompanied by Msgr. Patrick Powers (incidentally, a priest of the Archdiocese of Ottawa) met with Pope Benedict at the close of their time spent visiting the various dicasteries.

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St. David of Wales (c. 520-c.588)

St. David's Day is celebrated as a Solemnity in Wales and a feast in England. Born probably in Cardigan about the year 520, he received his early training from St. Illtyd. He attracted many postulants to the monasteries he founded, all of which were remarkable for the austerity of their rule of life.

Consecrated bishop, according to his biographer, in Jerusalem, he was recognized as Primate of Wales and established his see at Mynyw (Menevia), the monastery of which he was abbot and where he died about the year 588. He is the principal patron of Wales.

In the image above, St. David is pictured standing on a mound with a dove on his shoulder. The legend is that once while he was preaching a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be heard. Over 50 churches in South Wales were dedicated to him in pre-Reformation days.

Grant, we beseech you, almighty God, that the loving intercession of blessed David, your confessor and bishop, may protect us, and that while we celebrate his festival, we may also imitate his firmness in defending the Catholic faith.  Through our Lord.


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