News & Events
Feb 25, 2016
Not to be served, but to serve
The Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops held its annual meeting in Victoria this week. Bishops from the four western provinces, the Northwest territories, Yukon and Nunavut met to discuss Catholic business and pastoral issues for these regions. I am pleased to advise that Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and former Bishop of Victoria, has been elected President of the Assembly, and Most Reverend Paul Terrio, Bishop of Saint-Paul, Alberta, is our new Vice President.
My brother bishops and I celebrated Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Wednesday night. The Gospel for this Mass was Matthew 20:17–28, in which Jesus tells us that the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.
One of the beautiful gifts that we are blessed with in Canada is that those who have been chosen to be shepherds, to be bishops, are incredible servants of the Church. And not only of the Church; they are also amazing servants of the Canadian public, of the wider society, in the many ways that they bring the light of Christ, the mercy of Christ and the compassion of Christ, to every field in the region in which they live.
The flock in Canada is blessed. Pray for your bishop. Pray for the Church in Canada. Pray that we continue to be, all of us together, instruments of God’s amazing mercy, compassion and truth in this land.
Bishops of the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria
One of the reasons the AWCB meets in Victoria