Fr. Christian Lépine named auxiliary bishop
From the parish to the episcopate: Pope Benedict XVI has named Fr. Christian Lépine auxiliary bishop of Montreal. Bishop-elect Lépine is 59 years old. The nomination was announced July 11.
Born in Montreal on Sept. 18, 1951, Bishop-elect Christian Lépine was ordained a priest on Sept. 7, 1983. He studied theology at the University of Montreal and philosophy in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
After pastoral work at Saint-Joseph de-Mont-Royal and Notre-Dame-des-Neiges parishes in Montreal, he served at the Vatican, from 1998 to 2001. Upon returning to Canada, he was appointed to the Grand Seminary of Montreal. In 2006, he was named pastor of Notre-Dame-des-Champs and Purification-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie parishes.
His date of ordination as bishop has not yet been set.
The Archdiocese of Montreal has more than 1.5 million Catholics in 220 parishes and missions. It is served by 457 diocesan priests, 557 priests who are members of religious orders and societies of apostolic life, 100 permanent deacons, 3,670 religious brothers and sisters, and 123 pastoral agents.