- Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Murray Chatlain of Mackenzie-Fort
Smith, Northwest Territories, to be the new archbishop of Keewatin-Le
names Chatlain new archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas
Catholic Register Staff
December 2012 11:03
Murray Chatlain of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, has
been named the new archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas, Man. - Register
Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, who stepped down in July due to health
reasons. Fr. William Stang, OMI, has been apostolic administrator of
the archdiocese since then.
Announcing the new
assignment Dec. 6, the Vatican said the Pope had asked Chatlain to
remain as apostolic administrator of Mackenzie-Fort Smith until a new
bishop is named.
Chatlain, who will
turn 50 in January, was born in Saskatoon and earned his bachelor's
degree at the University of Saskatchewan before entering St. Peter's
Seminary in London, Ont.
Ordained a priest
for the diocese of Saskatoon in 1987, he ministered at parishes in
the diocese as well as parishes in northern Saskatchewan that are
part of the diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.
named him coadjutor bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith in 2007 and he
became bishop of the diocese a year later. Since 2008, he has been a
member of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council of the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The archdiocese of
Keewatin-Le Pas has 45 parishes and missions, with a Catholic
population of 37,380. It is served by four diocesan priests, 11
religious-order priests and seven religious women.
(CCCB Ottawa)&ldots; On July 16, 2012, His
Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, accepted the resignation of the Most
Reverend Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I., Archbishop of Keewatin Le
Pas, Manitoba, according to canon 401, §2, and at the same time
appointed Father William Stang, O.M.I., as Apostolic Administrator of
the same Archdiocese.
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