The Bishop's Office
The Most Reverend Gary Michael Gordon was born on June 10, 1957, in Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended Christ the King Seminary in Mission, British Columbia; Resurrection College in Waterloo, Ontario; and St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, where he graduated in 1982.
Bishop Gary was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1982, by Archbishop James Carney at his home parish, St. Francis de Sales, Burnaby. During his almost 24 years working as the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Chilliwack and St. Joseph’s Parish in Mission, British Columbia, he was very involved with First Nations Peoples. On May 6, 2006, shortly after being named Bishop of Whitehorse, Bishop Gary was invited to the Richard Malloway Longhouse in Chilliwack for a naming ceremony and received the name Xyolhmetoxw, which means ‘taking care of the people’ in Halq’eméylem, the language of the Stó:lō Nation.
He continued working in this ministry when, on January 5, 2006, he was appointed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse; an event described by Bishop Gary as “hearing a call from God to go to the great white north,” which he happily followed. He was ordained and installed as the 5th Bishop of Whitehorse on March 22, 2006.
Bishop Gary also served as the Pacific Regional Representative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) with the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy of the Correctional Service of Canada (1994-2006), and was the CCCB Principal Liaison and spokesperson on the Interfaith Committee (2002-2006).
Since 2007, Bishop Gordon has served as the CCCB Bishop ponens for Catholics involved in prison chaplaincy and pastoral services. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the CCCB Standing Committee for Relations with Movements and Associations since 2011, after previously serving on the former Episcopal Commission for Relations with Associations of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity (2007-2008). He has been a member of the Anglican/Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue since 2007, and has served as its Co-Chairman since 2009. Bishop Gordon is the Liaison Bishop to Serra International in Canada (Serra International promotes and supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life), a post he has held since 2011.
On June 14, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Gary Gordon as the 17th Bishop of Victoria. Bishop Gordon succeeds the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon who was appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg on October 28, 2013.