Most Reverend Christian Lépine is the tenth bishop and eighth archbishop of Montreal, since the establishment of the diocese in 1836.
Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal since 2012, is the pastor of the Church of Montreal. He is supported in his mission by two auxiliary bishops, Thomas Dowd and Alain Faubert.
Notre-Dame-de-la-rue (Our Lady of the Street) reaches out to homeless people, bringing them comfort and a Church presence. Since its founding in 2013, Father Claude Paradis and his assistant, Kevin, joined by volunteers, go out to the street several times a week. They meet people where they are at and are primarily concerned with offering a spiritual presence and helping people to make sense out of what they are going through.
The Catholic church of Montreal does not only teach: it opens its arms and its heart to people in need. In fact, since October 2nd, 2017, the archdiocese of Montreal has welcomed asylum seekers in a new centre called “Le Pont” (the Bridge): this centre, situated in to rectory of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires parish, shelters mostly women and children who have come here searching for a better life.
In the interest of caring for the safety and security of the people to whom we carry the Gospel message, in 2016 the Catholic Church of Montreal adopted the Diocesan Pastoral Responsibility Policy, which aims to insure an environment that is healthy and safe for all, and to prevent all forms of abuse when interacting with those who are vulnerable. With the objective of transparency, the procedure is as follow.
Let us be clear: spiritually, the Church lives through the Holy Spirit, but materially, since she has nothing to sell, the Church lives off of donations (material or monetary) received from her Christian members. In all countries where she is established, the greater the number of Christians who support the Church, the better her material situation is, which allows her, among other things, to redistribute her resources to those in need. To help her achieve her religious mission of salvation, we neeed your help! Here is how you can contribute.
The Archbishop is the shepherd of the Church in his diocese. Episcopal consecration confers on him the threefold responsibility of sanctifying, teaching and governing.
He governs his diocese with legislative, executive and judicial powers by relying on various councils for guidance and support in delegating his authority. These councils are groups of people – the laity, deacons, religious women and priests who advise the Archbishop and help him with pastoral, and practical, decisions.
To speak about the history of the diocese of Montreal is to speak of heritage, of the transmission of the faith in a new colony. The history of our diocese must be associated with the colony of Nouvelle-France and the foundation of Ville-Marie, because it is in this land and with those colonists that the Church was born in Montreal.
The department of archives looks after the historical documents which tell the story of the Catholic Church of Montreal. These archival materials bear witness to the faith of dozens of generations of baptized who have recognized the life-giving presence of God among his people. In this section, we will give you a glimpse of our collections, an overview of the services we offer as well as several resources which will facilitate your research, or simply answer your questions.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal in numbers.
The Offices and Services representing organizations and people who assist and support the Bishop in governing the entire diocese, especially in organizing pastoral social action, the administration of the diocese, as well as in the management of legal and judicial affairs.