Canada’s largest diocese to lose two auxiliary bishops

.- The Archdiocese of Montreal, Canada’s largest diocese, will be short two auxiliary bishops as of September.

Auxiliary Bishop André Rivest has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi, located between Montreal and Quebec City. He will succeed Bishop Jean-Guy Couture, who is retiring in accordance with canon law.

Auxiliary Bishop Louis Dicaire, currently the rector of Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, has been appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of St-Jean-Longueuil, just south of Montreal, headed by Bishop Jacques Berthelet.

These new Vatican appointments will leave the archbishop of Montreal, Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, with only two auxiliary bishops – Bishop Anthony Mancini, vicar-general, and Bishop Jude Saint-Antoine – to serve a Catholic population of almost 1.6 million. 

The Vatican has not announced any new episcopal appointments for Montreal.

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