Lavoie was named coadjutor in July 2005. Both clerics were ordained for
the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and like many Oblates before them, have
spent their lives serving the people of the Catholic missions in
Canada’s Great North.
Lavoie was born 1947 in Delmas, Sask. After joining the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate and studying philosophy and theology at St. Charles
Scholasticate, Battleford, Sask., he was ordained to the priesthood in
1974. He later became Provincial Superior and Consultor of his
religious community and worked in a number of parishes in the
Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, which includes the northern parts of
Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Lavoie is currently a member of the Episcopal Commission for the
Evangelization of Peoples, of the Canadian Conference of Catholic
Sutton was born in Chandler, Quebec, in 1934. He was ordained to the
priesthood in 1960. In 1974, he was ordained as bishop of Labrador
City-Schefferville., He was named coadjutor archbishop of Keewatin-Le
Pas in February 1986. In November of that same year, he was named
Sutton served on a number of CCCB commissions, including the
commissions for social affairs, Christian education and the
evangelization of peoples. He was also national spiritual adviser with
the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.
of Keewatin-Le Pas has a Catholic population of 37,000 in 48 parishes
and missions, served by 16 diocesan and religious order priests, nine
religious sisters and brothers and 13 lay pastoral assistants.
diocese in the Canadian North has a new bishop. Pope Benedict XVI named
Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie to succeed Archbishop Peter Sutton for the
Diocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. The pope accepted the resignation of
Archbishop Sutton, 71, who has been living with illness for some time.
The announcement was made March 25.