Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Alexandria-Cornwall Bishop Saint Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

Welcome to Ontario, Your Excellency!
Félicitations et meilleurs vœux, Mgr Damphousse!

Mgr Marcel Damphousse

Today it was announced in Rome that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had appointed the Reverend Marcel Damphousse, currently Rector of the Cathedral of Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, as Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall.
Aujourd’hui on a annoncé à Rome que Sa Sainteté le Pape Benoît XVI a nommé M. l’abbé Marcel Damphousse, présentement recteur de la Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface, au Manitoba, évêque d’Alexandria-Cornwall.

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St. Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor around the year 140.

It is not known when he came to Gaul. He was a priest of the Church of Lyons during the persecution of 177 when St. Pothinus, first bishop of the city and the first martyr of Lyons, was put to death.

Irenaeus succeeded him as bishop and twenty-five years later was martyred in his turn during a fresh persecution.

At a time when Gnostic sects threatened to undermine Christianity by a perversion of Christian thought, St. Irenaeus vigorously denounced all heresies and safeguarded unity of belief by laying down the principles of the doctrinal tradition of the Church.

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O God, who called the Bishop Saint Irenaeus to confirm true doctrine and the peace of the Church, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, being renewed in faith and charity, we may always be intent on fostering unity and concord. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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