Oct 29, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The news of my appointment as Archbishop-Elect of Winnipeg is something I accept with humility and total reliance on the Grace of God. I believe very much that Christ is present among us and that he enlightens our path if we open our hearts to His transforming Grace. I wish to open my heart to all of you, the Faithful of the Diocese of Victoria and simply express my deep gratitude for the love, kindness and support that I have experienced over these past nine years. It was a great privilege for me to serve as your bishop in spite of my many shortcomings. I also acknowledge our dedicated Clergy, Religious, and Pastoral Centre staff, for their support, collaboration and friendship. As a community of Faith, we have lived through many joys and challenges together and we can be certain that the Lord will help us to look to the future with hope.
As I prepare to take on my new appointment, I realize what a great honour it is to be called by Pope Francis to serve the People of God in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and I pray that the Lord will give me courage and wisdom to serve him in love and to build up the Body of Christ.
Brothers and Sisters, I ask for your prayers and I assure you that I will remember you to the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Richard Gagnon
Administrator of the Diocese of Victoria
Archbishop-Elect of Winnipeg
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