Bishop Raymond Poisson has been named new bishop of the Joliette diocese in Quebec.

New bishop named for Joliette diocese

  • September 9, 2015

OTTAWA- Bishop Raymond Poisson has been named by Pope Francis as new bishop of the Joliette diocese in Quebec.

Bishop-elect Poisson, current auxiliary bishop of Saint-Jerome, succeeds Bishop Gilles Lussier. The Pope accepted Lussier’s resignation Sept. 8.

The 57-year-old Poisson has been a priest since 1983 and was elevated to bishop in 2012. He currently serves on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ commission for justice and peace. Since being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Poisson has served in a number of administrative roles and was a member of the Quebec bishops’ committee on the preservation of religious art and architecture.

Lussier, 75, has been bishop of Joliette since 1991. He has been a member of numerous commissions with the CCCB, as well as a member of the executive committee of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops.

He offered his resignation to the Holy Father upon reaching age 75, as required by the Code of Canon Law.

Joliette has 24 parishes and missions for a Catholic population of about 207,000. It has 55 diocesan priests, 46 priests who are members of religious communities, seven permanent deacons, 176 religious Sisters and Brothers and 30 lay pastoral assistants.

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