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Week of May 19, 2003
Bishop Croteau to Administer Whitehorse Diocese
By WCR Staff
After more than three years of waiting for a new bishop to be appointed, Yukon's 8,000 Catholics will have to wait a while longer.
But they do have some good news in that Bishop Denis Croteau of the neighbouring Mackenzie-Fort Smith has been named apostolic administrator of the Whitehorse Diocese as well.
Yukon Catholics have been without a bishop since the well-loved Bishop Thomas Lobsinger was killed in a plane crash with an Oblate brother April 15, 2000.
It would seem the search for a new bishop has hit a dry well in the meantime and Croteau has been appointed to provide interim episcopal leadership.
Both northern dioceses suffer from extreme shortages of priests. The Whitehorse Diocese has three diocesan priests, eight religious priests, two permanent deacons, nine religious and 66 lay pastoral assistants.
The Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese, with a Catholic population of nearly 20,000, is the largest diocese in geographical area in the world. It has three diocesan priests, four religious priests, two permanent deacons, 15 religious and 21 lay pastoral assistants.
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