Bishop Grecco to lead Charlottetown diocese

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  • July 13, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Toronto Auxiliary Bishop Richard Grecco bishop of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

At the same time the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Vernon Fougere, Charlottetown’s bishop since 1992, for reasons of health.

“I am humbled by the announcement of the Holy Father and look forward with great joy to serving the people of the diocese of Charlottetown," said Grecco of  the July 11 announcement. "I send my thoughts and prayers to all those on Prince Edward Island and look forward to joining their community shortly.”

The 63-year-old Grecco was born in St. Catharines, Ont., and was ordained a priest in 1973 for his home diocese. He completed his theological studies at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, attended the Gregorian University in Rome and in 1982 received his Doctor of Theology from Toronto's University of St. Michael's College.

Grecco was named auxiliary bishop of London in 1997. In 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Toronto.

An announcement regarding the date of installation for Grecco is expected to be made shortly. In the interim, the Pope has appointed Fougere apostolic administrator until Grecco's installation as the 13th bishop of Charlottetown.

The diocese of Charlottetown has a Catholic population of 63,240 with 58 parishes and missions that extend across the province.

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