Pope Names New Canadian Bishop

Newly Elected Bishop Robert Bourgon Holds Doctorate in Canon Law

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Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Robert Bourgon as bishop of the Diocese of Hearst in the Canadian province of Ontario.
Born in Sudbury, Canada in 1956, Robert Bourgon would be ordained a priest in 1981. The newly-elected bishop holds a doctorate in canon law and has served in a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including parish vicar, parish priest, judge of the ecclesiastical tribunal and diocesan chancellor.
He had been serving as vicar general of the diocese of Sault Saint Marie and succeeds Bishop Vincent Cadieux, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
The Diocese of Hearst comprises an area of some 108,830 square kilometers. Of a population of some 139,977 people, 138,000 are Catholics. It is served by about 89 priests, 7 permanent deacons, and 104 religious.

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