Appointment of new Archbishop for Moncton

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Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops website

Friday, June 15 2012


(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend André Richard, C.S.C., as Archbishop of Moncton, and named as his successor the Most Reverend Valéry Vienneau. At the time of his appointment, Archbishop-elect Vienneau was Bishop of Bathurst. Archbishop Richard has been responsible for the Archdiocese of Moncton for the past 10 years, and had offered his resignation when reaching the age of 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

Born on October 13, 1947, in Cap Pelé, New Brunswick, Archbishop-elect Valéry Vienneau was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1982, for the Archdiocese of Moncton. He had served in a number of parishes throughout the Archdiocese before being named Vicar General in 1997. On July 1, 2002, he was appointed Bishop of Bathurst.

Archbishop-elect Vienneau attended the University of Moncton where he received a bachelor of arts in philosophy and also a bachelor’s degree in education. He taught in the public school system for nine years before pursuing theological studies at the Dominican College in Ottawa where he received a master’s in theology in 1987. He has taught courses in religious studies at the University of Moncton, and was responsible for the formation of lay pastoral associates for the Archdiocese of Moncton. Archbishop-elect Vienneau is currently a member of the French Sector Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

Archbishop Richard is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. After being ordained a priest in 1963, he did further theological studies in Rome. He has also studied at the Centre dominicain in Paris, specializing in formation for religious; the Institut de pastorale catéchétique in Strasbourg, and the Institut de pastorale in Montreal. From 1976 to 1985 he was the provincial superior for his religious community in New Brunswick, as well as serving in a number of parishes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. On May 21, 1989, he was appointed Bishop of Bathurst, and on March 16, 2002, Archbishop of Moncton. Archbishop Richard has served on the CCCB Permanent Council as well as on a number of CCCB Commissions, including as Chairman of the former Commission for Relations with Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity. During 1998 and 1999 he chaired the CCCB National Committee for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. From 1998 to 2000, he was also President of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly.

The Archdiocese of Moncton has 56 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 110,895, which is served by 41 diocesan priests, 16 priests who are members of religious communities, 249 Religious Sisters and Brothers, one permanent deacon and 84 lay pastoral assistants.


Pope names new bishop for Moncton, New Brunswick

The Catholic Register

Written by Catholic News Service Friday, 15 June 2012 12:03

Bishop Valery Vienneau of Bathurst, New Brunswick, has been named as the new archbishop of Moncton

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Valery Vienneau of Bathurst, New Brunswick, to be the new archbishop of Moncton.

The Vatican announced June 15 that Pope Benedict had accepted the resignation of Archbishop Andre Richard, who will reach the usual retirement age of 75 June 30.

Archbishop Vienneau, 64, had led the Diocese of Bathurst since 2002.

Born in Cap-Pele, he earned degrees in philosophy and in education from the University of Moncton and taught in public schools for nine years. He later entered the seminary, studying in Ottawa, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 for the Archdiocese of Moncton.

He served in parish ministry and as a university chaplain until 2000, when he was appointed to lead a reorganization of several parishes and to train members of parish pastoral teams.

Archbishop Richard leaves the archdiocese after appointing former Supreme Court Judge Michel Bastarache to finish conducting a conciliation process with sexual abuse victims in the archdiocese within a year. The victims allegedly were abused by the late Father Camille Leger between 1957 and 1980. Father Leger, who died in 1990, was never convicted of any crimes.

Bastarache led a similar process with more than 90 sexual abuse victims in the Diocese of Bathurst in 2010. Nearly 80 of those victims chose to settle through the conciliation process.

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