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Saturday, November 18, 2017

A new Bishop for Chicoutimi

This morning at the Vatican, the Holy Father, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from pastoral governance of the Diocese of Chicoutimi (Quebec, Canada) presented by His Excellency, André Rivest.

The Holy Father has appointed Reverend Father René Guay, a priest of the clergy of the Diocese of Chicoutimi, who has most recently been serving as Chaplain to Prisons in the province of Quebec as the new Bishop of Chicoutimi.


Meet the new Bishop of Chicoutimi

Reverend Father René Guay was born on 4 September 1950 in Saint-Thomas-Didyme (Quebec) in the diocese of Chicoutimi.  From 1963 to 1968 he attended the Minor Seminary in Chicoutimi and continued his secondary studies at the Cégep in that same city.

In 1970, he entered into the Major Seminary of Chicoutimi and obtained a Diploma in Theology.  From 1973 to 1975, he attended the Faculty of Theology at Laval University where he obtained a Licence in Theology.  He was ordained a priest on 13 July 1975 for the Diocese of Chicoutimi.

In 1979, as an associate member to the Societé des Missions Étrangères, he began his work as a missionary in Chile, where he remained until 1992, the year during which he definitively returned to his diocese of ordination.  In Chile, he served as Pastor and as Dean within the Archdiocese of Santiago and then as Pastor in the Diocese of San Bernardo.

Having returned to Canada, he attended an intensive course in Formation for Spiritual Directors offered by the Jesuits at Villa Manrèse in Ste-Foy.  From 1993 until 2004, he served as Spiritual Director at the Major Seminary in Chicoutimi.  From 1999 to 2015, he served as Chaplain at the Chicoutimi Detention Centre and from 2015 until now, he has served as Animator of the Prison Systems in the province of Quebec.
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