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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Canadian Bishop Trivia

Did you know that our Bishop Dowd of Waiting in Joyful Hope is the 7th youngest bishop in the world, the youngest in the Western Hemisphere?

The longest-ordained living Canadian Bishop is Bishop Paul-Émile Charbonneau, who was ordained a bishop fifty-one years ago. He is not the oldest Canadian bishop, though. That honour falls to Archbishop Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, who is 97, and emeritus of Ottawa.

There are only three vacant dioceses in the country - St. Paul, Alexandria-Cornwall and Timmons.

Did you know that our Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Quintana, was formerly nuncio in Nepal, and before that India, and was ordained a priest of Compostella, Spain - and that he was ordained priest by Bl. Pope JP II and, over twenty years later, consecrated a bishop by the same pope?

(All of these facts courtesy of

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