Category: Bishops-(CCCB)

Canada’s Next Cardinal – Archbishop Gerald Lacroix


At 56, Archbishop Lacroix will be the third youngest member of the College of Cardinals. He was born in 1957 on a dairy farm 190 miles east of Montreal. When his parents were unable to make ends meet, they moved to New Hampshire when Gerald was eight, which borders Quebec province, in search of a better life. Read More

Canadian Election – May 2, 2011 – Guidelines of Catholic Bishops

As I was driving into the Cornwall a few days ago, one of the local radio stations was reporting on the percentage of Canadians that exercise their democratic right to vote. The numbers they were quoting were rather disturbing. It appears that many of us no longer think that voting is that important. The morning after our last election(Oct. 14, 2008) our National Post reported:

“Nearly 10 million eligible voters took a pass on casting a ballot Tuesday, plunging election day turnout to a historical low, according to preliminary Election Canada figures.

Only 59.1% — or 13.8 million out of 23.4 million — of eligible voters made the trip to a polling station, breaking the previous low from the 2004 election that saw a 60.9% turnout, according to the preliminary figures. Nearly 10 million eligible voters took a pass on casting a ballot Tuesday, plunging election day turnout to a historical low, according to preliminary Election Canada figures.”

Apparently we have dropped from almost 80% in 1958 to less than 60% in the last election. As we watch others around the world envy our democracy, and literally fight for the same rights, it is hard to imagine what they must think of our behaviour. It is imperative that we recall the old and very true saying: “What you don’t use, you loose.”

Now that I have had my little say, I would like to point you to a set of guidelines that our Canadian Bishops have put together to help us in exercising our democratic right to vote: They begin their document with these words:

Canadian Catholics are being called upon as citizens to exercise their right to vote. The Church encourages and reasserts its belief in “the political freedom and responsibility of citizens.” By exercising their right to vote, citizens fulfill their duty of choosing a government and at the same time send a clear signal to the candidates being presented by the political parties. (Read full text of Bishop’s Guidelines, it is well worth it)

Bishop Douglas Crosby – New Bishop of Hamilton


(CCCB – Ottawa) – Pope Benedict XVI today named the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., presently Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador, as Bishop of Hamilton. Bishop Crosby is also a Co-Treasurer of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

The Holy Father also accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Anthony F. Tonnos, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law which sets the mandatory age of retirement for Bishops at 75. Bishop Tonnos, who turned 75 in August, has led the Diocese of Hamilton since 1984. As a member of the CCCB, he has served on the Permanent Council and Executive Committee as Co-Treasurer and was also a member of the former Episcopal Commission for Canon Law / Inter-Rite, and what was previously called the English Sector Commission for Christian Education and is now the Commission for Catechesis.


Born on June 28, 1949, in Marathon, Ontario, after becoming a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Bishop Douglas Crosby was ordained to the priesthood on September 27, 1975, at the Holy Canadian Martyrs’ Parish, Ottawa. After serving as CCCB General Secretary from 1996 to 1997, he was ordained Bishop in Ottawa on January 2, 1998, and installed two days later as Bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville.

In 2007, he was named Bishop of the newly established Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, which comprises all parishes and missions in the former Diocese of St. George’s on the Island of Newfoundland, in addition to those in the territory of Labrador which had previously been part of what used to be the Diocese of Labrador City – Schefferville.

As CCCB Co-Treasurer, he sits on both the Permanent Council and Executive Committee of the Conference.

Bishop Crosby has been very involved in liturgical questions both nationally and internationally. He is currently a member of the CCCB English Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments, and has previously served as the Commission’s Chairman. As the previous CCCB representative on the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL), he has also served as its Secretary and Vice-Chair.

The Diocese of Hamilton has a Catholic population of 559,290 in 155 parishes and missions, served by 122 diocesan priests, 88 priests who are members of religious orders, 24 permanent deacons and 281 religious Sisters and Brothers.

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St. Catherines: Bishop Wingle Replaced

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed the Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, presently Auxiliary BishMost Rev. Gerard Bergieop and Vicar General of the Diocese of Hamilton, as Bishop of St. Catharines in Ontario. The See of St. Catharines had been vacant since the resignation earlier this year of the Most Rev. James Wingle for health reasons.

Bishop Gerard Paul Bergie was born on January 4, 1959 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 12, 1984 for the Diocese of Hamilton, and named Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton in July 2005.

He studied at St. Jerome’s College, the University of Waterloo and St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario. He received a master’s degree in Divinity from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 and a licentiate in Canon Law from the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome in 1991.

Bishop Bergie is currently a member of the English Sector Episcopal Commission for Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and a member of the Catholic-United Church of Canada Theological Dialogue.
The Diocese of St. Catharines has a Catholic population of 153,565 in 46 parishes and missions, served by 56 diocesan priests, 32 priests who are members of religious orders, ten permanent deacons and 43 religious Brothers and Sisters.


Update: Bishop Gary Gordon



I thought you might be interested in an update on Bishop Gary Gordon. Last June I posted a video, a few pictures, and an article on him: Bishop Gary Gordon: A Call to Mission. Neil MacCarthy, who looks after the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Blog,  just posted a story on him: A Bishop, a Chainsaw, and a Bear!