R Most Reverend Richard J. Gagnon, D.D. Archbishop of Winnipeg

Most Reverend Richard J. Gagnon, D.D.
Archbishop of Winnipeg
ichard Joseph Gagnon was born on June 17, 1948 in
Lethbridge, Alberta to parents Therese Demers Gagnon and George Gagnon. He moved to British Columbia
with his family while still a child and attended both Catholic and public schools. He graduated from Saint Thomas
Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver
before proceeding to study philosophy, history and English
at Simon Fraser University, completing his Teaching Certification for British Columbia in 1976.
Bishop Gagnon’s Seminary Studies were taken at the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome from 1978-1983. Rev.
Richard Gagnon was ordained to the priesthood at Holy
Rosary Cathedral on June 24, 1983, the Feast of St. John
the Baptist, by Archbishop James Carney. The following
month he became assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in
Vancouver and also directed the Religious Studies program
at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School until 1991.
In 1984 he was appointed Assistant Pastor at Corpus
Christi Parish, and two years later, Pastor of St. Jude’s
Parish in Vancouver. In 1987 he became the Chaplain of
VANSPEC, which provides a religious education program
for handicapped children. The following year he became a
member of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of
Vancouver. On January 1, 1986, Bishop Gagnon was appointed Archdiocesan Spiritual Advisor of the Catholic Women’s League, and served until 1992 when he was
appointed Advisor to the Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League. In 1992 he became Director of
the Office of Religious Education, and the next year was appointed founding pastor of St. James Parish in
Abbotsford and Dean of the Fraser Valley East Deanery. He became the Archbishop’s representative to St.
John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School in Abbotsford in 1995, and in 1999 he was appointed Administrator
of the new St. Nicholas Parish in Langley.
Bishop Gagnon was appointed Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 2002 by Archbishop Adam
Exner, OMI. He also sat on the Boards of the St. Joseph’s Society and St. Mark’s College and served on the
Advisory Board for Redeemer Pacific College.
In February 2003, Pope John Paul II named Father Gagnon a Prelate of Honour, in recognition of his faithful
service to the Church and exemplary performance of his duties. At his investiture ceremony Archbishop Exner
recognized that Msgr. Gagnon had “rendered outstanding distinguished service in the Church in Vancouver
as a loving, effective, and dedicated pastor, a man who is ever ready to meet new challenges — a servant
ready to go wherever called.”
On May 14, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed Richard Joseph Gagnon as the 16th Bishop of the Diocese of
Victoria. Bishop Gagnon was formally Consecrated and Installed at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria, on July
20, 2004. Bishop Gagnon chose as his Episcopal motto: “To obey is to serve in love”.
Most Reverend Richard Joseph Gagnon was named the seventh Archbishop of Winnipeg by Pope Francis
on Oct. 28, 2013. He was installed on Jan. 3, 2014 in St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Archbishop Gagnon’s
Coat of Arms
The Archbishop’s personal coat of
arms (on the right half of the shield) is
impaled with the Archdiocesan coat of
arms to indicate his office as Archbishop
of Winnipeg.
The field of the shield is red. A gold
cross is placed on it with the four arms
extending to the edges of the shield. In
the upper left and lower right quarters is
an Agnus Dei, also in gold.
The shield is partly inspired by the
emblem of Bishop Gagnon’s predecessor, Modeste Demers (1809-1871), the
first Bishop of Vancouver Island. Bishop
Demers and Bishop Gagnon are closely
related via a collateral branch of the
Demers family. Bishop Demers’ emblem
was red and gold and featured a gold
Latin cross set on a mount with two figures praying at the base of the cross. These tinctures have
been kept, as has the cross.
Since Bishop Gagnon was ordained on June 24th, the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the two
charges are gold Agnus Dei emblems, traditionally associated with St. John the Baptist. This is
also a reference to Bishop Gagnon’s ancestral roots in Quebec.
Above the shield is the green hat with ten tassels at either side, which signals that these are the
arms of a Roman Catholic Archbishop. The shield is placed on a gold archiepiscopal cross as an
additional mark of Office.
Archbishop Gagnon has chosen as his motto: “To Obey is to Serve in Love” ; an expression of a
very important part of his faith and a vision for his episcopate.
Former Archbishops
First Archbishop
Most Reverend Alfred A. Sinnott, J.C.D., D.D., born February 22, 1877. Ordained to the Priesthood
February 18, 1900. Consecrated as Archbishop of Winnipeg on September 21, 1916, installed in
Winnipeg, December 24, 1916. Resigned January 14, 1952, died April 18, 1954 and laid to rest in
St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winnipeg.
Coadjutor-Archbishop of Winnipeg
Most Reverend Gerald Murray, C.Ss.R., D.D., born December 26, 1885. Ordained to the Priesthood September 4, 1910. Consecrated as Bishop of Victoria May 7, 1930. In 1933 he was named
Bishop of Saskatoon. Appointed Coadjutor-Archbishop of Winnipeg, January 27, 1944, died June
3, 1951 and was buried in Montreal.
Former Archbishops continued on page 3
Former Archbishops (continued from page 2)
Second Archbishop
Most Reverend Philip F. Pocock, J.C.D., D.D., born July 2, 1906. Ordained to the priesthood June
14, 1930. Consecrated Bishop of Saskatoon on June 29, 1944. On April 6, 1951, named Titular
Archbishop of Aprus, Coadjutor-Archbishop of Winnipeg - Apostolic Administrator. Named second
Archbishop of Winnipeg January 14, 1952. Appointed Titular Archbishop of Isauropolis, CoadjutorArchbishop of Toronto - Ordinary, February 18, 1961, Archbishop of Toronto March 30, 1971. Died
September 6, 1984. He is buried in Thornhill, Ontario.
Third Archbishop
His Eminence George B. Cardinal Flahiff, C.S.B., D.D., (elevated to the College of Cardinals in the
Consistory on April 28, 1969) born Oct. 25, 1905. Ordained to the Priesthood on August 17, 1930.
Appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg, March 15, 1961, consecrated May 31, 1961, installed in Winnipeg on June 25, 1961, retired on March 31, 1982 and died August 22, 1989. He was laid to rest
in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winnipeg.
Fourth Archbishop
Most Reverend Adam J. Exner, O.M.I., D.D., born December 24, 1928. Ordained to the Priesthood
July 7, 1957. Consecrated March 12, 1974 as Bishop of Kamloops, named Archbishop of Winnipeg, April 8, 1982, installed June 24, 1982. Appointed Archbishop of Vancouver May 25, 1991.
Retired in 2004.
Fifth Archbishop
Most Reverend Leonard James Wall, S.T.D., D.D., born September 27, 1924. Ordained to the
Priesthood June 11, 1949. Consecrated as Titular Bishop of Leptimino and Auxiliary Bishop of the
Archdiocese of Toronto June 21, 1979. Appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg on February 25, 1992.
Installed April 8, 1992, retired June 7, 2000 and died March 9, 2002. He was laid to rest in St.
Mary’s Cemetery, Winnipeg.
Sixth Archbishop
Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber
Weisgerber, Ph.L, S.T.L., D.D., born May 1, 1938. Ordained to the Priesthood June 1, 1963. Ordained 1996 as Bishop of Saskatoon. Appointed Archbishop of Winnipeg on
June 7, 2000. Installed August 24, 2000. Retired Oct. 28, 2013.
General Information
A diocese is a portion of the People of God, entrusted to a Bishop to be nurtured by him,
with the cooperation of the priests, in such a way that, remaining close to the pastor and
gathered by him through the Gospel and the Eucharist in the Holy Spirit, it constitutes a
local church. In this church, the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ truly exists and functions. (Canon 369).
The Archdiocese of Winnipeg was erected on December 4, 1915. It comprises that portion of the Province of Manitoba lying south of the line dividing Townships 44 and 45 and
west of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River, except the territory south of the line dividing
Townships 9 and 10 and east of the Meridian between the 13th and 14th Ranges west of
the principal Meridian.
● Barrows
Mafeking ●
Pelican Rapids
● Birch River
● Bowsman
Duck Bay ●
Swan River
Camperville ●
●● Mallard
Pine River●
● Waterhen
● Meadow Portage
Winnipegosis ●
● San Clara
● Roblin
Toutes Aides●
Valley River
Saskatchewan Border
Grandview ●Gilbert Plains ●
Ebb and Flow
Ochre River ●
Ste-Rose-du-Lac ●
Laurier ●
Fisher Branch ●
Ledwyn ● ●
● Lake Eriksdale Arborg ●
Camp Morton
Amaranth ●
Sandy Bay ●
● Erickson
● Polonia
● Rossburn
●Crane River
Minnedosa ●
Portage la Prairie
Brandon ●
● Melita
● Carberry
● Boissevain
Fraserwood Gimli ●
Winnipeg Beach
Teulon ●
● Woodlands
● Selkirk
Stonewall ●
● Little Britain
Stony Mountain ●
● Neepawa
Rivers ●
● St-Eustache
Elie ●
The Archdiocesan Coat of Arms
The Y-shape alludes to the Forks (a traditional meeting place for First Nations Peoples),
where the Red and Assiniboine rivers converge at Winnipeg to
form a single stream. The gold of the shield represents the wheat
fields of southern Manitoba and, by extension, the Eucharist as the
bread of life. The blue refers to the waters of baptism, the gateway to
Christian life. The lily refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, patronness
of the cathedral of the Archdiocese, and to St. Joseph, the principal
patron of the Archdiocese, the city of Winnipeg and Canada. The
crenellated line refers to Fort Rouge, the settlement established
on the site of Winnipeg in 1738 by the explorer La Verendrye. The
maple leaves are a Canadian symbol and allude to the diversity of
the archdiocese’s population, and their number represents the Holy
Trinity. (Granted by the Canadian Haraldic Authority, August 15, 2014).
Heavenly Patron
The patron of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg is St. Joseph.
Basic Statistics
Area (Square kms)
Total Population
Catholic Population
Reduced Service Churches
Diocesan Priests
(includes 19 Retired Priests)
Religious Priests
Parkland Deanery
Westman Deanery
Central Winnipeg Deanery
North Winnipeg Deanery
Interlake Deanery
South Winnipeg Deanery
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Archdiocesan Curia
Catholic Centre
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1495 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2C6
Chancery Fax: (204) 475-4409
Phone: (204) 452-2227
Pastoral Centre Fax: (204) 453-8236
Archbishop’s Office
Most Reverend Richard J. Gagnon
Administrative Assistant to the Archbishop: Patti Gunlaugson
Phone: (204) 478-3202
[email protected]
Vicar General
Reverend Monsignor D. Ward Jamieson
803-21 Roslyn Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2S8
Phone: (204) 896-1320
[email protected]
Moderator of the Curia, Episcopal Vicar, Chancellor
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault
Administrative Assistant to the Moderator
Patti Gunlaugson (ext. 239)
Direct Phone: (204) 478-3202
[email protected]
Financial Administration
[email protected]
Chief Financial Officer
Allan Beaudry
Assistant to the Financial Administrator
Jeanne Tinsley Phone: 452-2227 (ext. 226)
Financial Manager: Arnold Casaclang (ext. 233)
Administrative Assistant: Gisele Dorge (ext. 221)
Appeal Assistant: Edie Kempe (ext. 234)
Direct Phone: (204) 478-3203
[email protected]
Human Resources
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Director of Human Resources: Laura Cumming
Payroll/Human Resources Assistant: Carla A’Bear
Catholic Schools
Phone: (204) 452-2227 ext. 227
[email protected]
Phone: (204) 452-2227 ext. 275
[email protected]
[email protected]
Director of Education: Robert Praznik
AWCS Office Phone: (204) 478-3205
[email protected]
Administrative Coordinator to Catholic Schools: Tannis Scott (ext. 231) [email protected]
Pastoral Services
Pastoral Services
[email protected]
Director of Pastoral Services: Deacon Ted Wood
Phone: (204) 452-2227 (ext. 237)
[email protected]
[email protected]
Assistant Archivist: Edie Kempe Phone: (204) 452-2227 (ext. 232) [email protected]
Catechetics and Faith Development
[email protected]
Director of Catechetics: Reverend Kelly Wilson
Westman Deanery Resource Centre
Associate Director of Catechetics: Leonard Ernst
55 Willow Place, Brandon, Man.
R7B 3V1
Phone: (204) 452-2227 (ext. 237)
[email protected]
Phone: (204) 726-2249.
[email protected]
Catholic Centre for Social Justice
[email protected]
Micah House
1039 Main Street , Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3R2
Social Justice Coordinator: Patti Fitzmaurice
Phone: (204) 589-5393
Fax: (204) 582-2681
[email protected]
Director of Communications: James Buchok Ph: (204) 452-2227 (ext. 248) Cell: (204) 470-4258
New Wine Press, Editor: James Buchok (ext 248)
[email protected]
Y uth and Young Adult Ministry
[email protected]
Director of Youth
uth and Young Adult Ministr
Christian Martinez
Phone: (204) 452-2227 (ext. 273)
[email protected]
Stewardship and Development
Director of Stewardship and Development:
Phone: (204) 452-2227 (ext. 228)
Westman First Nations Ministry
Coordinator: Deacon Conrad Plante
Box 66, St. Lazare, Man. ROM 1YO
Phone: (204) 842-2884
Cellular: (204) 724-0870
[email protected]
Tribunal Staff
Director of the Tribunal: Jane Coyne (204) 452-2227 (ext. 225)
Auditor: Sister Jacky Bartush, RNDM (204) 452-2227 (ext. 238)
Archdiocesan Tribunal
Judicial Vicar
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault
[email protected]
Promoter of Justice
Reverend Robert P. Polz
Sister Betty Iris Bartush, RNDM
Reverend Dindo Pepito
Reverend Monsignor D. Ward Jamieson
Reverend John Okosun
Thomas Vowell
Sister Susan Wikeem, s.n.j.m.
Regina Regional Tribunal - Winnipeg Branch
Associate Judicial Vicar
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault
Associate Defenders of the Bond
Reverend Monsignor Michael L. Moore
Sister Susan Wikeem, s.n.j.m.
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault
Sister Betty Iris Bartush, RNDM
Dr. Joseph Campbell
Reverend Monsignor Maurice J. Comeault
Reverend Monsignor D. Ward Jamieson
Reverend John Okosun
Reverend Dindo Pepito
Dr. Thomas Vowell
Sister Jacky Bartush, RNDM
Director of the Tribunal
Jane Coyne
Patti Gunlaugson
Arlie Poltronetti
Jane Coyne
Defender of the Bond
Reverend Robert P. Polz
Canadian Appeal Tribunal
2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J2
Judicial Vicar: Monsignor Roch Page
Phone: (613) 241-9461
Archdiocesan Councils
Archdiocesan College of Consultors
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault (ex officio) Reverend Eric Giddins (2016)
Reverend Leo Fernandes (2016)
Reverend Monsignor D. Ward Jamieson (ex officio)
Archdiocesan Finance Council
Most Reverend Richard J. Gagnon
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault (ex officio)
Allen Agpalza (2018)
Allan Beaudry (ex officio)
Charles Henaire (2016)
Reverend Monsignor D. Ward Jamieson (ex officio)
Ralph Piasta (2018)
Guy Prefontaine (2018)
Silva de Sousa (2016)
William Wachko (2016)
Sr. Susan Wikeem s.n.j.m. (2018)
Council of Priests
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault (ex officio)
Reverend Leo Fernandes (2017)
Reverend Eric Giddins (2016)
Reverend Monsignor D. Ward Jamieson (ex officio)
Reverend Jose Eduardo Mederios (2016)
Reverend Michel J. Nault (2017)
Reverend Robert P. Polz (2015)
Reverend Michael Raj Savarimuthu (2017)
Reverend Mark A. Tarrant (2015)
Sexual Abuse Response Committee / Professional Standards Board
Mrs. Michelle Gallant
Reverend Eric Giddins (chair)
Reverend Vincent Herner
Dr. Leigh Quesnel
Sr. Susan Wikeem, s.n.j.m.
Bishop’s Delegate: Dr. Rayleen De Luca
Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
J. David Graham (2015)
Sr. Johanna Jonker, s.n.j.m. (2016)
Norma Konrad (2015)
Deacon Claude Lambert (2014)
Reverend Michel Nault (2017)
Luchie Sanchez (2016)
Karen Simard (2016)
Deacon Ted Wood (ex officio)
Most Reverend Richard J. Gagnon
Reverend W. Richard Arsenault (ex officio)
Reverend Len Altilia s.
s.j. (2016)
Melba Bouvier (2015)
Sr. Virginia Evard, OSB (2016)
T. Christopher Furgale (2015)
Antonio Di Geronimo (2015)
Other Dioceses in Manitoba
Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface
151, avenue de la Cathédrale
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0H6
Archbishop of Saint-Boniface: Most Reverend Albert LeGatt
Vicar General: Reverend Carl Tarnopolski
Chancellor: Deacon Philippe Quéré
Phone: (204) 237-9851
Fax:(204) 231-2652
St. Boniface Catholic Centre
622 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2B4
Director of Pastoral Services: Pierre-Alain Giffard
Phone: (204) 237-9851
Fax: (204) 237-9942
Archeparchy of Winnipeg
233 Scotia Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2V 1V7
Office: (204) 338-7801
Fax: (204) 339-4006
[email protected]
Archeparch of Winnipeg, Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada:
Most Reverend Lawrence Huculak, OSBM
Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay
P.O. Box 10
Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0
Phone: (204) 675-2541
Residence: (204) 675-2252
Fax: (204) 675-2140
Bishop of Churchill-Hudson Bay: Most Reverend Anthony Wieslaw Krótki, O.M.I., D.D.
Vicar General: Reverend Jusepi Meeus, O.M.I.
Phone & Fax: (867) 645-2601
Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas
P.O. Box 270, 76 - 1st Street West
The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1K4
Phone: (204) 623-6152
Fax: (204) 623-6121
[email protected]
Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas: Most Reverend Murray Chatlain
Ecumenical Bishops
Anglican Bishops
Diocese of Rupert’s Land
935 Nesbitt Bay
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 1W6
Bishop: Right Reverend Donald D. Phillips
Anglican Diocesan Office
915 Ottawa St., Keewatin, Ontario
Mail: P.O. Box 567
Keewatin, Ontario P0X 1C0
Bishop: Right Reverend David Ashdown
General: (204) 992-4200
Bishop: (204) 992-4212
Toll-free: 1-866-693-4418
Fax: (204) 992-4219
[email protected]
Phone: (807) 547-3353
Fax: (807) 547-3356
[email protected]
Diocese of Brandon
341 - 13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4P8
Mail: Box 21009 WEPO
Brandon, Manitoba R7B 3W8
Bishop: Right Reverend James Njegovan
Phone: (204) 727-7550
Fax: (204) 727-4135
[email protected]
Lutheran Bishops
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod
201 - 3657 Roblin Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3R 0E2
Bishop: Bishop Elaine Sauer
Phone: (204) 889-3760
Fax: (204) 896-0272
[email protected]
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (National)
302 - 393 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H6
Bishop: Bishop Susan Johnson
Phone: (204) 984-9150
Fax: (204) 984-9185
[email protected]
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
9 St. John’s Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 1G8
Metropolitan: Most Reverend Yurij (Kalistchuk)
Phone: (204) 586-3093
Fax: (204) 582-5241
e-mail: [email protected]
website: www.uocc.ca