September 28, 2015

CORNWALL, ONT. - Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, Ont., was elected president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops during its annual general assembly.

His two-year term began Sept. 18 at the end of the assembly. He had been conference vice-president for the past two years.

He succeeds Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Que.

Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Que., was elected vice-president. The CCCB traditionally rotates its top offices between English-speaking and French-speaking bishops.

Crosby, 66, was ordained in 1975 for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In 1998, he was named bishop of Labrador City-Schefferville, NL, and in 2007, he became bishop for the newly erected Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

Pope Benedict XVI named him bishop of Hamilton in 2010.

The CCCB executive committee includes the president, vice president, and two co-treasurers, including Archbishop Luc Cyr of Sherbrooke, Que., and Archbishop Anthony Mancini from Halifax-Yarmouth.