Earlier this morning (June 28) His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of a new bishop for the local Catholic diocese. Reverend Marcel Damphousse has been serving as Rector of Saint-Boniface Cathedral in Manitoba under Archbishop Albert LeGatt in the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface.
The 49 year old Damphousse who hails from Saint-Joseph, was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 and has served a number of parishes since that time. The Bishop-elect earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1984 at the University College of Saint Boniface, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in theology in 1989 from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He received his formation for the priesthood at Saint Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa. In 2002 he earned a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Teresianum in Rome.
For a number of years, Bishop-elect Damphousse taught at the Manitoba Catholic School of
Evangelization, and was vocations director for more than 12 years. Before being appointed Rector of the Cathedral, he was chaplain at St. Boniface Diocesan High School for five years. Currently, he is a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee and of the Diocesan Commission for Liturgy. He has also been the spiritual director of the TEC (To Encounter Christ) movement for the past eight years.
Damphousse will fill the vacancy created last October 12 when the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, then bishop of this diocese, was appointed Archbishop of Gatineau. Since November 30, when Durocher was officially installed in Gatineau, Father Kelvin Maloney has been Diocesan Administrator of Alexandria-Cornwall.
It is anticipated that Damphousse will be ordained a bishop and installed locally later this summer, by the end of August.
UPDATE: The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story from the perspective of the parishioners whom Damphousse will leave behind.
On a related note, Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher received his pallium in Rome on June 29. EWTN has video coverage.
UPDATE – July 6, 2012
This coming week I’ll be video interviewing Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese’s Bishop Elect Marcel Damphousse for Cornwall Free News.
I thought that it would be a good idea to offer you, our viewers, an opportunity to propose questions that you’d like him to address. Here is your opportunity. Please email me your questions this weekend and I’ll determine how best to incorporate them into the interview. Send your suggestions to Don.Smith@CornwallFreeNews.com .