Bishop for Bathurst Named

OTTAWA, JULY 4, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Father Valéry Vienneau, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Moncton, as bishop of Bathurst.

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The Diocese of Bathurst in New Brunswick has been vacant since the appointment of Bishop André Richard as archbishop of Moncton in March.

Born on Oct. 13, 1947, in Cap Pelé, New Brunswick, Valéry Vienneau was ordained to the priesthood on Aug. 29, 1982, for the Archdiocese of Moncton. Bishop-elect Vienneau served in several parishes throughout the archdiocese, and was named vicar general in 1997.

The Diocese of Bathurst has a Catholic population of 115,560 served by 59 diocesan priests, nine religious order priests, a permanent deacon and 241 religious sisters and brothers in 63 parishes and missions.

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