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 .


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

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

  3. 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 by a man who knows his community. Everybody knows Father Kevin and loves him to death!!!

  4. 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

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    Dear “Miss Steak”. I believe that you’ve made a “mistake.” The role of bishop is very much different from that of interim diocesan administrator. Fr. Kevin Maloney is not the interim administrator as you seem to believe. His relative, Fr. Kelvin Maloney, is currently in that role, one that he has filled in the past in the absence of a resident bishop. Interim administrators have very little authority compared to a bishop and therefore considerably less responsibility than a bishop. Essentially they maintain the status quo until a new bishop arrives. There are various Catholic apologetics sites which deal with the role of a Catholic bishop. Here is one: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02581b.htm . The Vatican website also has some information: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19651028_christus-dominus_en.html .

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    Dear Tom. We’ve been down this path before, but I suppose that you didn’t get the answer that you wanted to hear. Anyone who takes a serious look at Church history, the rationale behind the Catholic Mass, etc, will soon realize that Catholics very much are a “people of the Book (the Holy Bible.)” I’m sure that you’re familiar with Mt 16:18: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. ” Peter was the first Pope and the Church is still very much in the world. Jesus said that Tradition would play no role in His Church?? I note the absence of a single Scripture reference to back your outlandish claim, Tom. I expect better than that from a good Bible thumper like you.

  7. 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.

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    Dear “Miss Steak”, be assured that you have made a “mistake.” You’ve confused one priest for another. I’ve provided you with two online sources to help you better inform yourself on the role of a bishop. Your reply came in so quickly that it is not possible that you took the time to check out the references which I took the time to look up for you. If yours is a serious question, please do your part by reading the text. Then if you have remaining questions, we’ll both be in a better position to discuss them. 🙂

  9. 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 Scriptures based upon the Majority Text is the only binding authority, as it is the preserved Word of God. The curse pronounced from the book of Revelation lies upon this apostate institution –

    Rev 22:18-19 ” For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book”.

    And as for Peter being the first pope – no biblical nor historical proof of that ever happening. Another one of the R.C.’s bag of traditional lies – like feathers from angles wings, or a piece of the cross, or better yet like the little show we had in Cornwall – all those sacred relics, etc.

    Mat 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter( little stone -pebble), and upon this rock (Christ – and Peter’s confession) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The Apostle Peter confirms this truth in 1 Peter 2:4-7.

  10. 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 is an increased objectivity, while hopefully allowing those very familiar with the diocese to advise, so as to get the best of both worlds. I’m sure he will also take the time to get to know the people and places. He is a wonderful man, and we are sad to lose him, but happy for the universal Church!

  11. 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? He’ll learn it. And lets be honest, there are much greater cultural differences in the world, far greater than the one that lies between Winnipeg and the cities of Alexandria and of Cornwall. I might also add that the Cardinal in charge of naming bishops in Canada… is a Canadian! Cardinal Marc Ouellet. He is therefore not as estranged as you may believe. If I were in your shoes Miss Steak, I would not be so quick to judge. You say he knows nothing about you (which, lets face it, is an exaggeration), but you also know nothing about him. He might turn out to be not so bad after all. Let us trust in our Church and in its Wisdom, and I invite you and your diocese to welcome this man with open arms, and to allow the Lord to bless you through his presence and leadership.

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    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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