Bishop Dorylas Moreau of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, delivers his homily at the Basilica of Sainte Anne-de-Beaupre in Quebec during Canada's First Nations Mass June 26. CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence

Bishop Dorylas Moreau led Quebec diocese

  • November 1, 2019

Bishop Dorylas Moreau, who led the Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec for 17 years, died Oct. 22 at the age of 72.

Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Bishop Moreau on June 25 this year for health reasons.

Bishop Moreau was born on July 15, 1947 in Kamouraska, Que., and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière in 1972. He pursued further studies at the Abbaye Saint-André de Bruges in Belgium, as well as the Institut de pastorale des Domincains in Montreal. 

Before being appointed bishop, he served as the Vice Chancellor and Secretary for the Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, and also served as the head of the diocesan service for sacramental and liturgical pastoral care, and diocesan response for charismatic renewal. 

He served as a pastor for parishes within the diocese for 20 years before being appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Rouyn-Noranda in 2001. He was ordained Bishop at Rouyn-Noranda on March 2, 2002. 

As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as a member of the Commission for Liturgy and Sacraments (French sector) on two occasions as well as serving as a member of the Commission for Doctrine from 2011-2016. 

Bishop Moreau’s funeral Mass was celebrated by Gatineau Archbishop Paul-André Durocher on Oct. 28 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Gatineau, Que. 

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