Monday, June 1, 2020

Two Quebec Dioceses united

Effective today, the Holy Father has united in persona episcopi (in the person of the Bishop), the Dioceses of Mont-Laurier and Saint-Jérôme (Quebec) and has named His Excellency, Raymond Poisson, who is currently serving as Bishop of Saint-Jérôme equally Bishop of Mont-Laurier.

Meet His Excellency, Raymond Poisson

His Excellency, Raymond Poisson was born on 30 April 1958 in Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec).  He studied at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Saint-Bruno and at the André Grasset College before being ordained a priest on 9 December 1983 for the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil.  He holds a Baccalaureate degree granted by the Faculty of Theology at the University of Montreal.  From 1987 until 1989, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was granted a Doctorate in Theology.

After his studies in Rome, he was appointed Secretary to the then Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, His Excellency, Bernard Hubert while at the same time serving as Associate Pastor and then as Pastor of the parish of Saint-Georges in the city of Saint-Jean-Longueuil.  From 1995 to 2007, he served as Pastor at the co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine de Padoue.  Then, he served as pastor of the pastoral unity of Sainte-Marguerite-d'Youville and Rector of the Basilica of Sainte-Anne in Varennes.

On 1 May 2012, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jérôme and received Episcopal Ordination on 15 June of that year.  On 8 September 2015, he was appointed Bishop of Joliette.  On 18 May 2018, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Saint-Jérôme.  On 21 May 2019, he became the Bishop of Saint-Jérôme by rite of succession.

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