News & Events
Jul 23, 2012
Judicial Vicar and Chancellor Appointments
JUDICIAL VICAR APPOINTED
Bishop Richard Gagnon is pleased to announce that Rev. John Laszczyk JCL, Vicar General, has been appointed Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Victoria. Father John was ordained on June 16, 1979 by Bishop Remi De Roo and served in Victoria, Campbell River, and Courtenay prior to being appointed as Rector of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in 2001. Father John graduated with a Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul’s University in 1986 and has served as a Judge and Defender of the Bond for our Diocesan Marriage Tribunal.
Bishop Richard Gagnon is pleased to announce that Mrs. Cynthia Bouchard-Watkins has been appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Victoria. Cynthia’s experience with the Diocese began in 1994 as Secretary at Queen of Peace Parish and continued at Holy Cross Parish where she served as Parish Coordinator from 1999-2003. Cynthia joined the Pastoral Centre team in August 2003 when she was hired by Bishop Roussin to serve as his Executive Assistant and she has continued in that role with Bishop Richard Gagnon since that time.
In addition to facilitating the many responsibilities of the Bishop's Office, Cynthia has assisted with various tasks in the Chancery Office and also been responsible for the commitments associated with the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, encompassing outreach to the First Nations communities, and coordinating the Returning to Spirit © workshops. Cynthia is a part of the Pastoral Centre leadership team and her new responsibilities as Chancellor will include the diocesan archives, serving as notary, secretary of the Chancery, and continuing to respond to various needs of the clergy and the parishes.
I am deeply grateful to Fr. Laszczyk and Mrs. Bouchard-Watkins for their willingness to accept their appointments, which are effective immediately.