Bishop Joseph Faber MacDonald

Bishop J. Faber MacDonald, former bishop of Saint John passes away

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  • February 21, 2012

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Bishop J. Faber MacDonald, who served a number of Maritime dioceses over the years, passed away at the age of 80 in Charlottetown.

A Prince Edward Island native, Bishop MacDonald was ordained a priest for the diocese of Charlottetown at the age of 31. On Jan. 11, 1980, just nine days before his birthday, Pope John Paul II appoint the priest from P.E.I. bishop of the diocese of Grand Falls, Nfld. A little more than two months later he was ordained at St. Dunstan's Basilica in his home province.

In the fall of 1998 the then 66-year-old bishop was appointed bishop of Saint John diocese where he remained until resigning in 2006 due to health issues.

During his 26 years in the episcopacy, Bishop MacDonald sat as chairman on several Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) commissions, including the Social Affairs Commission, the then English Sector Commission for Christian Education and the former Commission for Missions. He also represented the CCCB on the National Catholic Broadcasting Council.

A half-hour prayer service is to be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan's Basilica on Feb. 23 followed by visitation until 8 p.m. The funeral Mass is be held the following morning at 10 a.m. at St. Dunstan's.

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