Birth: September 18, 1951
Priesthood: September 7, 1983
Episcopate: September 10, 2011
Archbishop of Montreal: March 20, 2012
Archbishop Lépine has had many years of experience as a pastor and teacher. Ordained a priest in 1983, at Saint-André-Apôtre Parish, he began his priestly ministry at Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal before departing for Rome to study philosophy at the Gregorian University from 1986 to 1989. Upon his return to Montreal, he was appointed parish assistant at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and pastor of Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal. He ministered there until 1996, when he became the director of Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte's secretariat.
In 1998, he was called to Rome, where he worked for the Secretary of State and then for the Congregation for Divine Worship. In 2000, he returned to Montreal and was appointed director of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, a mandate that he fulfilled up until 2006. From 2006 to 2012, he was pastor of Purification de la Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie and Notre-Dame-des-Champs parishes. Throughout his various activities, Most Rev. Lépine taught philosophy and theology for some twenty years at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal.
Ordained a bishop on September 10, 2011 by Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar to Family and Youth as well as Director of the Pastoral Liturgy Service. Finally, on March 20, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him archbishop of Montreal.
In this new Web series, Archbishop Christian Lépine goes to meet the various communities throughout the diocese.
April 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Chrism Mass – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 18 – 6 p.m.
Fundraising Dinner - Maison du Père
April 19 – 9:30 a.m.
Way of the Cross with Communion and Liberation
April 19 – 12:30 p.m.
Good Friday Blood Drive - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 19 – 3 p.m.
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 19 – 5 p.m.
Way of the Cross - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 19 – 7 p.m.
Concert of the Choeur Polyphonique de Montréal - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 20 – 8 p.m.
Easter Vigil - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 21 – 11 a.m.
Easter Sunday Mass - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
April 23 – 8:30 a.m.
Mass – Saint Joseph’s Oratory
April 26 – 7:30 p.m.
Mass for Priestly Vocations - Grand séminaire de Montréal
April 27 - 9:30 a.m.
Diocesan convention - Catholic Women's League - Saint John Brébeuf Parish
April 27 – 3:30 p.m.
Mass - Les Appartements de la Rive senior’s residence
April 28 – 9:30 a.m.
Consecration of Saint-Louis-de-Monfort Church
April 28 – 4:15 p.m.
Mass – Divine Mercy Sunday - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
April 30 – 7 p.m.
Mass – Patronal Feast - Notre-Dame-d'Afrique
The coat of arms is the emblem of the bishop who expresses the message he wants to convey.
That of Monsignor Lépine is surmounted by a green hat, an ecclesiastical hat, from which hang on each side ten tassels indicating his rank of archbishop. It is placed on a processional double cross, also proper to the archbishop, and the pallium.
The pallium, a liturgical ornament, is a circular band of lambswool adorned with black crosses. The pallium evokes Jesus the Good Shepherd, who searches for the lost sheep, who carries it on his shoulders and gives his life for his sheep. This garment, symbol of communion with the successor of Peter, is conferred by the pope on the metropolitan archbishops as a sign of sharing the pastoral charge.
On the shield are the arms of the archbishop, a banner with the motto he has chosen as his program of life and that shows the spirit in which he wants to live his episcopate: "Si Scires Donum Dei" - If you knew the gift of God - taken from the Gospel of the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:10).
The shield with the golden background that signifies the Glory of God, the radiance of his Love, is superimposed by a red cross in reference to the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ whose center is a radiant sun charged with letters IHS, the monogram of Christ ("Jesushominumsalvator", Jesus, Savior of humanity), in reference to the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
On each side of the red cross are found:
The open book that recalls the Holy Bible, Word of God that the bishop has the responsibility to teach. It is charged with the letters of the Greek alphabet signifying that Jesus is the beginning and the end of all: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord. He who is, who was and is coming, the Almighty "(Ap1,8).
The flame that represents the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost, that transforms for the mission and gives strength to witness.
The star that signifies the Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, who is Mother and model of the Church.
The sword of fire which represents Archangel Michael, whose name means "Who is like God?" He confesses the unique God, defends and protects in the fight against Satan and the forces of evil.
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