Aux­il­iary Arch­bishop

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Pope Fran­cis of­fi­cially ap­pointed Fa­ther Guy Des­rochers to the po­si­tion of Aux­il­iary Arch­bishop of the Diocèse catholique d'Alexan­dri­aCorn­wall Catholic Dio­cese De­cem­ber 12. Ear­lier this year, the Pope stated that the Alexan­dri­aCorn­wall dio­cese and the Arch­dio­cese of Ot­tawa would be united “in the per­son of the bishop” – specif­i­cally Arch­bishop Ter­rence Pren­der­gast – and that a sec­ond bishop would be ap­pointed to as­sist the Arch­bishop, pri­mar­ily with the lo­cal dio­cese. “It is dif­fi­cult to ex­press the emo­tions I felt when I learned...that the Holy Fa­ther had ap­pointed me Aux­il­iary Bishop of the Dio­cese of Alexan­dri­aCorn­wall,” Fr. Des­rochers, a 62year-old Hull na­tive, stated in a press re­lease. “It is very hum­bling to be asked to as­sume such a pro­found re­spon­si­bil­ity.” After grad­u­at­ing from Al­go­nquin Col­lege in Ot­tawa with a com­mer­cial art and fine arts di­ploma in 1974, he worked as a graphic de­signer for

for seven years be­fore en­ter­ing the Con­gre­ga­tion of the Most Holy Redeemer, or the Redemp­torists, in his mid-20s.

Or­dained in 1989, at the age of 32, Fr. Des­rochers served close to a decade in a spe­cial evan­ge­liza­tion project in the Gaspé re­gion.

He then spent sev­eral years as the rec­tor of the Aylmer-Gatineau monastery, fol­lowed by an­other seven years as rec­tor of the Shrine of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré.

Rev. Guy Des­rochers

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