Bishop for Nicolet, Quebec; Auxiliaries in Montreal

And Malta Native Named Bishop in Kenya

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NICOLET, Quebec, JULY 11, 2011 ( An auxiliary bishop of Montreal has been named the bishop of Nicolet.

Bishop André Gazaille, 65, will succeed Bishop Raymond Saint-Gelais, 75, who has retired for reasons of age.

Nicolet has a population of just over 209,000, the vast majority of whom are Catholic. They are served by some 120 priests and more than 400 religious.

Meanwhile, two more auxiliaries were named for the Archdiocese of Montreal: Father Christian Lépine, 59, and Father Thomas Dowd, 40, both of the archdiocesan clergy.

The Montreal Archdiocese has some 2.5 million people, about 1.6 million of whom are Catholic. They are served by a few more than 1,000 priests, and 4,000 religious.

Christian Lépine was born in Montreal in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1983. Thomas Dowd was born in Montreal in 1970 and ordained a priest in 2001.


On Saturday, it was announced that Benedict XVI appointed Capuchin Father Emmanuel Barbara, 61, as the bishop of Malindi, Kenya.

Malindi has a population of about a half million; around 25,000 of those are Catholic. They are served by some 35 priests and 75 religious.

Emmanuel Barba was born in Gzira, Malta, in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1974.

Costa Rica

Finally, the Pope appointed Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, archbishop of Monterrey, Mexico, to be his special envoy at Aug. 2 closing celebrations of the jubilee year marking the 375th anniversary of the discovery of the image of Our Lady of the Angels, patron of Costa Rica.

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