News & Events
Oct 28, 2013
Early this morning, October 28, 2013, it was publicly announced by the Vatican that Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Richard Gagnon as Archbishop-Elect of Winnipeg.
While this is a time of sadness and uncertainty for us within the Diocese, it is a great honour for Bishop Richard to be named the Archbishop of Winnipeg and we join in offering congratulations and prayers for him in his new ministry.
During this time of transition, Bishop Richard, although no longer Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria will continue as Diocesan Administrator. The Office of Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar cease, as do the positions of those on the Council of Priests. The Chancellor, the Judicial Vicar, and the College of Consultors continue to serve their mandate until a new Bishop is appointed.
When Bishop Richard assumes the duties of his new position in Winnipeg, the College of Consultors will meet to choose a Diocesan Administrator. This priest will continue to serve his role until such time as our new Bishop takes Office. His role will be, as the title indicates, to administer the Diocese until the new Bishop arrives and he will work in close collaboration with the members of the College of Consultors and the Chancellor.
We will have a farewell for Bishop Richard prior to his departure from the Diocese and the details of this event will be circulated as soon as possible.
We encourage you to pray in thanksgiving for Bishop Richard’s ministry among us and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Holy Father, the Congregation of Bishops, and all those who are responsible for selecting a new Bishop, that he will be a shepherd who will continue to lead us in faith, service and love.
~ Read the Announcement here