Ro­man Catholic Arch­dio­cese of St. John’s gets new arch­bishop

Dio­cese Bishop Peter Hundt to re­place re­tir­ing Martin Cur­rie

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The Ro­man Catholic Arch­dio­cese of St. John’s has a new arch­bishop.

Pope Fran­cis ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of out­go­ing Arch­bishop Martin Cur­rie Tues­day, his 75th birth­day, and ap­pointed Bishop Peter Hundt as his re­place­ment.

Hundt, 62, is cur­rently the Catholic Church’s bishop for the Dio­cese of Cor­ner Brook and Labrador, a po­si­tion he has held since April 2011.

The na­tive of Hanover, Ont., joined the priest­hood in 1982, first serv­ing as an as­so­ci­ate pas­tor at St. Eu­gene Par­ish in Hamil­ton, Ont.

Af­ter com­plet­ing grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Pon­tif­i­cal Univer­sity of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, earn­ing a li­cence in canon law in 1987. On his re­turn to Canada, he served vice-chan­cel­lor of the Hamil­ton Dio­cese from 1987 to 1990 and as chan­cel­lor from 1990 to 1994.

Hundt spent the next 12 years as the pas­tor of Holy Cross Par­ish in Ge­orge­town, Ont., be­fore be­ing ap­pointed and or­dained as aux­il­iary bishop of Toronto by Pope Bene­dict XVI in 2006.

Cur­rie, mean­while, will serve as the apos­tolic ad­min­is­tra­tor un­til Hundt’s for­mal in­stal­la­tion as arch­bishop for the prov­ince’s largest Ro­man Catholic dio­cese at a later date.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. PADRE PIO CHURCH

Cor­ner Brook and Labrador Dio­cese Bishop Peter Hundt has been ap­pointed as the new arch­bishop of the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of St. John’s.

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