UPDATED – Alexandria-Cornwall has a new Bishop-Elect by Don Smith

UPDATED – Alexandria-Cornwall has a new Bishop-Elect by Don Smith
Alexandria-Cornwall Bishop-elect Marcel Damphousse
Alexandria-Cornwall Bishop-elect Marcel Damphousse

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

Bishop-elect Marcel Damphousse

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 .

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Neil Macmillan
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Solid scoop with a nice photo! This is the announcement we’ve been waiting for. Well done!

DarleneT
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Hurray!!! Many prayers answered for us Catholics today and we hope he will be with us a long time!

Miss Steak
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Can someone explain to me why a total stranger would be anointed by a totally estranged Pope (meaning he doesn’t live in this area or know anything about the people who live here and what their needs are). Why isn’t Father Kevin Maloney, who is loved by just about everyone who knows him, appointed instead? I fail to understand this ridiculous way to lead a flock of sheep (no pun intended). How can your prayers be answered by someone who knows NOTHING about you? Why do you need this person anyway when everything seems to be going along quite fine… Read more »
tnpreacher555
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If the Roman Catholic institution would abide by the Holy Word of God such would not happen. This happens when a high anarchy is in control, and the local people are just lead around like pawns.

When the Lord Jesus said He would build His church He did not include such traditions and commandments of men to be of any authority. Best to leave mystery Babylon while you still can, for judgment is coming – the Harlot shall be judged. Rev. 17-18

Miss Steak
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Don, I have not made a mistake. I simply wonder why we have strange men coming into our environment and area who know little to nothing about us and how we function. Why don’t we elect a person who knows us and knows our needs. That’s all. Nothing more. It’s just my opinion.

tnpreacher555
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Don Smith writes -“…will soon realize that Catholics very much are a “people of the Book (the Holy Bible.)” First of all, any “Holy Bible” based on the Latin Vulgate is corrupt from beginning to end. 2ndly, The Roman Catholic institution also adds to the their corrupt version of the Word of God – the teachings of the church fathers, tradition, councils, dogma, and of course when the Pope speaks – ” ex cathedra”. Protestants have always rejected such man made authority when it is added, or when such is considered as a binding authority on the conscience. The Holy… Read more »
Erin Kinsella
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Actually, miss steak, there are a number of good reasons for not appointing Bishops to regions they are originally from, although I certainly understand the point that you’re making. One of the most practical reasons they generally aren’t appointed where they are from is that they have to make difficult decisions all the time, and it would strain way too many relationships when people start asking for personal favors/weighing in on things and trying to influence decisions because of those relationship. Also, this would be exaggerated if the Bishop has a lot of family in that area. This way, there… Read more »
Kevin Prada
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I am a native from the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, currently in the Archdiocese of Ottawa, and I can personally vouch for the solidity of character and of the ministry of Father Damphousse. I think you shouldn’t be so quick to judge, Miss Steak, it is very understandable that your current administrator may be very beloved by the diocese and that it may hurt a little bit to loose him in this role, but this does not mean that another man will not be able to do the job. He doesn’t know the territory right now, right off the bat?… Read more »
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