Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jesus Tempted: 1st Sunday of Lent - Bishops for Quebec Church


Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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These days there are some changes in the Church of Quebec. 

Today, the Servite of Mary Mgr Gaetan Proulx and Mgr Denis Grondin will be ordained auxiliary bishops to aid Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, Mgr Gerard Cyprien Lacroix at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre.

Mgr. Gaetan Proulx, osm (left), Mgr Denis Grondin
in Valleyfield on Thursday evening

On Thursday evening Mgr Noel Simard returned to Quebec after twenty years in Ontario (as a professor of bioethics at the University of Sudbury and St. Paul's University), assuming the office of ninth Bishop of Valleyfield (which borders our archdiocese on the east and from which Mgr Joseph-Medard Emard came to us as third Archbishop of Ottawa [1922-27] after thirty years of episcopacy).

Mgr Noel Simard

On Thursday, March 15, Mgr Paul Lortie will move from Quebec, where he served as auxiliary bishop for less than two years to become Bishop of Mont-Laurier.

Finally, on March 26, transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, Mgr Luc Bouchard, heretofore Bishop of St. Paul in Alberta becomes Bishop of Trois-Rivieres.

Prayers and best wishes to all the newly designated members of the episcopacy, successors of the apostles.


  1. I'm really excited for Abbé Grondin. He was a priest in my parish when I lived in Quebec City. He's awesome. He'll make a great bishop.

  2. I'm so happy for Bishop Simard he will be a good Shepard for his flock in Valleyfield. We will miss him very much but he will be in our hearts and prayers.

  3. Just what is needed.More bishops for a dying church in Quebec.

    1. I can not speak for the other two bishops but I know Bishop Simard. He is a people person who lives as Jesus did. He is a person who will make every effort to work hard trying to bridge the gap and try to heal wounds. This I know as I'm a survivor of a priest as a young 12 yrs ! I got to know the man first not the priest side. I was a volunteer at an AIDS hospice in Northern ON. He wore a suit not a collar. He is a compassionate respectful,and non judgemental person. If I can learn to forgive then you can find it to keep an open mind. We all need to work together!