News & Events
Jan 15, 2016
Most Rev Daniel Bohan, Archbishop of Regina, has died
Please pray for Archbishop of Regina Reverend Daniel Bohan who passed away this morning in Palliative Care at Regina's Pasqua Hospital. There will be more information to come.
Click here to visit the Archdiocese of Regina's Website
The following is a story by Will Chabun printed in The January 14th edition of the Regina Leader Post....
Father Lorne Crozon, vicar-general of Regina's Roman Catholic archdiocese, has temporarily taken over leadership of the diocese while Archbishop Daniel Bohan receives medical treatment.
Bohan's condition is serious enough that the archdiocese's traditional New Year's levee was cancelled and he remains in hospital. Several parishes have been told he's entered palliative care.
Named as the archbishop in late March 2005 and formally installed three month later, Bohan replaced Archbishop Peter Mallon, who'd headed the archdiocese for almost 10 years. Mallon retired at 75, the mandatory age of retirement according to Canon Law, and died several years later.
Bohan was born in 1941 in Yarmouth, N.S. He studied theology at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1967 for the Archdiocese of Moncton. In 1972, he received a master's degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
He served several parishes in New Brunswick, and taught theology at Holy Heart Seminary and at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. From 2003, he was the auxiliary bishop in Toronto, and sat on committees that liaised with the United Church of Canada and with evangelical Christians.
Within the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bohan served as a member of its Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, and was the conference's representative in a Canadian ecumenical delegation that examined the impact of free trade in Mexico from a human rights perspective.
Locally, he made news in February 2009, when he and his counterparts from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle held a joint news conference to tell the new Saskatchewan Party government they felt it was moving too quickly on the possibility of nuclear power generation.
While not necessarily opposed to nuclear power, they felt it needed more analysis and, in particular, worried that the government's hand-picked advisory panel might be too favourable toward development.
Four years later, Bohan spoke up in a pastoral letter against the removal of Sunday as a day of rest for many workers, and the lack of concern in new provincial labour legislation for workers who wanted time off for Sunday religious service. "What the church would like to see is that it's the worker who's important and it's the worker who gives meaning to the work that's done - and not vice-versa," wrote Bohan, adding a reminder to Catholic businesspeople to treat employees with humanity and decency.
The Archiocese of Regina has about 124,000 parishioners in 150 parishes and missions, scattered over more than 155,000 square kilometres in the southern part of the province.