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Week of October 20, 2003
Local priest elected to Redemptorist council
Special to the WCR
It's a long journey from being an altar server at St. Edmund's Parish in Edmonton to being elected a council member in Rome. This has been the journey for Redemptorist Father Raymond Douziech.
At their general chapter in Rome (Sept. 14-Oct. 13), Douziech was elected the North American representative on the general council for the congregation. He is one of six consultors to the superior general.
The congregation ministers in 77 countries and numbers almost 6,000 members. Douziech will represent the 1,000 Redemptorists in North America on the governing council.
Douziech was born in Westlock and grew up in Morinville and Edmonton where he finished his junior high school and high school. He completed his philosophy degree in Windsor and his licence in theology from the University of Montreal.
He also obtained a doctorate in counselling psychology from the University of Alberta and is a chartered psychologist. Ordained in 1968, he ministered from 1969 to 1999 in Edmonton.
During his time in Edmonton he was associate pastor at St. Alphonsus Parish, and assistant professor at Newman Theological College and St. Stephen's Theological College. He was also director of the Redemptorist Centre for Growth from 1985 until 1999. For the last three years he has been the secretary general of the Redemptorist congregation in Rome.
His parents continue to be members of St. Edmund's Parish.