Sunday, July 15, 2012

First Day of the Week, the Risen Lord's Day - Mgr Landriault's 50th

O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. 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 (Collect for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time).

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Mgr Jacques Landriault, emeritus bishop of Timmins, former auxiliary bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall and former bishop of Hearst, was ordained a priest 65 years ago (February 9, 1947) and a bishop on July 25, 1962, just before the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

His brother bishops, fellow priests, a deacon, religious sisters, family and friends--with the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana present--joined with him in a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday of this week in the chapel of the Diocesan Centre, next to the John Paul II Residence for retired clergy, where he resides.  The Sisters of Charity arranged the music for the Mass and Mgr Gilles Cazabon, Bishop Landriault's successor as bishop of Timmins, gave the homily.

A native of St. Victor Parish, Alfred, Bishop Landriault remarked that he has spent 46 of his 90 years in the Archdiocese of Ottawa and is happy here with us.  He spoke eloquently and emotionally of all the graces he has received from the Risen Lord Jesus in his many years as a Christian disciple.

A festive luncheon was held in the Conference Room following Mass.  Several other photos (courtesy of Sarah Du Broy):

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