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Pope appoints new Bishop for Pembroke, Canada

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Guy Desrochers as Bishop of Pembroke in Canada.

By Vatican News

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Guy Desrochers to the Diocese of Pembroke, transferring him from the Auxiliary Office of Alexandria-Cornwall, Canada. Bishop Desrochers succeeds Bishop Michael Mulhall.

Curriculum vitae of Archbishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.

Bishop Guy Desrochers was born on 23 May, 1956 in Hull, Quebec, in what is now the Archdiocese of Gatineau. He completed his secondary studies at the Collège Saint-Alexandre des Pères du Saint-Esprit in Limbour and obtained his Masters in Fine Arts and Commercial Arts at the Algonquin College in Ottawa. From 1972 to 1979 he was "caricaturist" for the newspaper Le Droit in Ottawa. In August 1983 he entered the novitiate of the Redemptorist Fathers in Sainte-Anne-de Baupré. He made his temporary profession on 7 August 1984 and took his perpetual vows on 29 August 1987.

He studied Philosophy at the Saint-Augustin de Cap-Rouge Seminary in Québec in the years 1982-1983, and Theology from 1984 to 1989 at Laval University obtaining a Bachelor's degree. He then did a two-year internship in the Archdiocese of Montreal. On 7 January 1989 he was ordained a priest in Hull in the Redemptorist Province of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré.

From 1989 to 1995 he was in charge of a missionary team composed of four Redemptorists in the Diocese of Gaspé. From 1995 to 1998 he was Superior of Aylmer in the Diocese of Gatineau-Hull. During the years 1998-2005 he carried out his ministry at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, where he was also the Bursar of the house.

From 2005 until 2008 he was appointed Superior of the Saint-Redempteur Pavilion of Saint-Augustin-Des-Desmaures, a retreat house for ecclesial groups. From 2008 to 2011, he was Director of the Revue Sainte-Anne and animator of the Shrine itself. From 2011 until 2015, he was appointed Rector of the Sanctuary of Sainte-Anne and Superior of the International Community that provides spiritual service at the Sanctuary. From 2015 to 2018, he was also Preacher of Retreats in Canada and the United States.

On December 12, 2018, he was named titular Bishop of Melzi and Auxiliary of Alexandria-Cornwall, and was consecrated on March 19, 2019.

06 May 2020, 12:03