John Paul II Appoints New Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto

Holy See Names Apostolic Administrator for Whitehorse, Canada

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 14, 2003 ( Pope John Paul II has named Reverend Daniel Bohan, episcopal vicar for the Anglophone sector of the Archdiocese of Moncton, as auxiliary bishop for Toronto, Canada, and titular bishop of Migirpa.

At the same time, the Holy See has appointed Most Reverend Denis Croteau, O.M.I., bishop of MacKenzie-Fort Smith, as apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Whitehorse.

Bishop-elect Bohan was born November 8, 1941, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He studied theology at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was ordained a priest on May 13, 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 has served in parishes in Moncton, Port Elgin, Melrose, and Riverview, all in New Brunswick. He also taught Theology at Holy Heart Seminary and at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At the time of his nomination, he was a member of the College of Consultors and episcopal vicar for Anglophones of the Archdiocese of Moncton.

The Archdiocese of Toronto has 398 diocesan priests, 443 religious priests, 106 permanent deacons, and 830 men and women religious, serving a Catholic population of 1,420,395 Catholics in 223 parishes and missions.

Bishop Croteau will take on his new duties in the Diocese of Whitehorse immediately and will continue in his role as bishop of the Diocese of MacKenzie-Fort Smith. The Diocese of Whitehorse has been without a bishop since the death of Bishop Thomas Lobsinger, O.M.I., on April 15, 2000.

The Diocese of Whitehorse has three diocesan priests, eight religious priests, two permanent deacons, 9 men and women religious, and 66 lay pastoral assistants serving a Catholic population of 8, 235 in 20 parishes and missions.

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