November 26, 2012

The Timmons, Ont., Diocese’s long wait for a new shepherd is now over with the Nov. 10 announcement of Pope Benedict’s appointment of Msgr. Serge Poitras.

The bishop-elect, who will be ordained Dec. 27, will succeed Bishop Paul Marchand, who died in office on July 24, 2011.

Since 2010, Poitras, 63, has been serving as the adjunct undersecretary of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See.

From 2000 to 2010, Poitras served as the French-language secretary at the apostolic nunciature in Ottawa.