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Week of May 6, 2002
Pope appoints five bishops
By ART BABYCH
Canadian Catholic News
Pope John Paul has announced five episcopal appointments for Ontario, including the elevation of Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Meagher of Toronto, to the post of Archbishop of Kingston.
The announcement April 27 follows the resignation of three bishops, Archbishop Francis Spence of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Bishop Eugene LaRocque of the diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall and Bishop John Sherlock, the Bishop of London, all of whom retired after reaching 75, the church's mandatory retirement age for bishops.
Meagher, 61, is president of the World Youth Day 2002 council, representing the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was born in Oshawa, Ont., and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Toronto in 1972.
Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher, 47, the Auxiliary Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, succeeds LaRocque as Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall. Durocher, the youngest Canadian bishop, gained national recognition for leading the National Catholic Parish Missions on Vision TV during Holy Week. He also wrote the English lyrics to Light of the World, the World Youth Day 2002 theme song.
Born in Windsor, Durocher was ordained to the priesthood in Timmins, Ont., in 1982 and was appointed auxiliary bishop of Sault Ste. Marie in 1997. He is chair of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Theology.
Bishop Richard Grecco, 56, auxiliary bishop of London, becomes auxiliary bishop of Toronto. Born in St. Catharines, Grecco was ordained to the priesthood in 1973. He is chair of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Christian Education (English sector) and is an episcopal advisor to the Third Continental Congress on Vocations.
Father Ronald Fabbro, the superior general of the Congregation of Saint Basil since 1997, has been named bishop of London. The bishop-elect was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.
The pope also appointed Father Richard Smith, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Halifax, as the bishop of Pembroke. The diocese has been without a bishop since December 2000, when Bishop Brendan O'Brien was named Archbishop of St. John's.
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