Bishop and Archbishop Named for Canada


Archbishop Blanchet and Bishop Morissette Retire

RIMOUSKI, Quebec, JULY 3, 2008 ( Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Pierre-André Fournier, auxiliary of Quebec, as archbishop of Rimouski.

Archbishop Fournier, 65, succeeds Archbishop Bertrand Blanchet, 75, whose resignation the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Pierre-Andre Fournier was born in Plessisville, Quebec, and ordained a priest in 1967.

He was named an auxiliary bishop of Quebec in 2005.

The Archdiocese of Rimouski has a population of 147,508, nearly 97% of which is Catholic. The archdiocese counts with 107 priests, 13 permanent deacons and 668 religious.


Benedict XVI also appointed Bishop Pierre Morissette of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, as bishop of Saint-Jerome, Quebec.

Bishop Morissette, 63, succeeds Bishop Gilles Cazabon, 75, whose resignation the Pope accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

The Diocese of St. Jerome counts with a population of 426,000, with over 97% of those being Catholic. The diocese has 145 priests, 18 permanent deacons and 251 religious.