The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Thomas Dowd as bishop of the diocese of Sault Sainte Marie, Canada, transferring him from the titular see of Treba and office of the auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Montréal.
Bishop Thomas Dowd was born on September 11, 1970 in Lachine, Montréal. Before entering the seminary, he obtained a university diploma in international trade at the Concordia University of Montréal.
He was ordained a priest on December 7, 2001, and has since held the following offices: assistant to the Holy Name (2001-2002) and Saint Thomas Beckett parishes (2002-2004); parish administrator of the Saint Veronica parish and assistant to the Saint Luke parish (2005-2006); and chaplain of Lakeshore General Hospital (2005-2008). Since 2005 he has worked in various offices of the Curia: for priests, vocations, and the formation of pastoral agents. He was awarded a licentiate in theology at the University of Montreal and taught theology at the Concordia University, and sacramental and liturgical theology at the Grand Séminaire of Montreal. He knows English, French, German, and Spanish.
On July 11, 2011, he was appointed as titular bishop of Treba and auxiliary of Montréal and was consecrated on September 10, 2011.
In the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, he is chair of the Committee on Canon Law and pepresentative of the Apostolat de la mer.