Two Auxiliary Bishops Named for Quebec

OTTAWA, FEB. 11, 2005 ( John Paul II named two auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Quebec City: Father Pierre-André Fournier and Father Gilles Lemay, announced the Vatican press office.

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The nominations made public today will bring the number of auxiliary bishops to assist Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec, to three, with the bishops-elect to join Bishop Jean-Pierre Blais, who has served in this capacity since 1995.

Both priests are natives of the territory of Quebec and studied at the Major Seminary in Quebec City.

Father Pierre-André Fournier, 61, was ordained June 10, 1967 for the Archdiocese of Quebec, he has served as pastor and vicar of many different parishes. At the time of his appointment, he was director of the Diocesan Pastoral Office and episcopal vicar for Pastoral Affairs.

Father Gilles Lemay, 56, was ordained June 18, 1972, and began his ministry in a parish. From 1984 to 1999, he was member and then superior of the team of diocesan priests ministering as missionaries in Paraguay. Since his return to Quebec in 1999, and up to the time of his nomination, he was pastor of three parishes.

The Archdiocese of Quebec has a Catholic population of 917,000 in 224 parishes and missions, served by 461 diocesan priests.

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