New merged dio­cese to be named Ottawa-Corn­wall

The Glengarry News - - News -

Ro­man Catholics in the area were re­cently ad­vised that their new dio­cese will be called the Arch­dio­cese of Ottawa Corn­wall when the Alexan­dria-Corn­wall and Ottawa dis­tricts are for­mally amal­ga­mated.

The name was cho­sen in con­sul­ta­tion with clergy of both dio­ce­ses, Arch­bishop Ter­rence Pren­der­gast writes in a mes­sage to parish­ioners.

“The process of amal­ga­ma­tion un­der canon and civil law is both lengthy and com­plex. It will re­quire dif­fer­ent lev­els of con­sul­ta­tions. Our aim is to re­port pe­ri­od­i­cally to the faith­ful of the Dio­cese and the Arch­dio­cese as to our progress and the key de­ci­sions that have been reached,” he says.

The union has been in the works for more than three years.

Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Bishop Mar­cel Dam­p­housse for the Dio­cese of Sault Ste. Marie, Arch­bishop Pren­der­gast was ap­pointed in Jan­uary of 2016 as the Apos­tolic Ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Dio­cese of Alexan­dria-Corn­wall. Dur­ing the next two and a half years, Arch­bishop Pren­der­gast con­sulted with var­i­ous par­ties in the Dio­cese of Alexan­dria-Corn­wall to de­ter­mine whether the Dio­cese would be best served with a new bishop or by amal­ga­ma­tion with the Arch­dio­cese of Ottawa.

In 2018, Pope Fran­cis ap­pointed Msgr. Pren­der­gast, who was the head of the Ottawa dio­cese, arch­bishop of Alexan­dria-Corn­wall.

Since late 2018, Aux­il­iary Bishop Guy Des­rochers has been work­ing with Msgr. Pren­der­gast on the merger.

“To fa­cil­i­tate and en­sure as smooth a tran­si­tion as pos­si­ble, the two Dio­ce­ses re­cently put to­gether their re­spec­tive teams to help with the progress to­ward a uni­fied dio­ce­ses,” the arch­bishop’s com­mu­niqué reads.

Founded in 1890, Alexan­dri­aCorn­wall in­cludes 27 parishes and mis­sions, with 29 priests serv­ing 60,000 peo­ple.

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