On Monday, February 11, 2013, the world awoke to the news that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning his position as the leader of the Catholic Church. For the next few days and weeks, Catholics from every corner of the world will be in conversation about this somewhat unprecedented event – the last time a Pope resigned was more than 600 years ago – but today, we bring the perspective of Archbishop Paul-André Durocher.
Archbishop Durocher was a former high school teacher of mine and it was great to reconnect with him.
About Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
Paul-André Durocher was born in Windsor, Ontario and was ordained a priest on July 2, 1982 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Timmins, Ontario.
Pope John Paul II appointed Durocher Auxiliary Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario on January 20, 1997 and designated him as the titular bishop of Ausuaga. Durocher’s episcopal consecration took place on March 14, 1997.
On April 27, 2002, Durocher was appointed Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario. On October 12, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Durocher as Archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec. Archbishop Durocher was installed on November 30, 2011.
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