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Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal

Archbishop

Most Reverend Christian Lépine is the tenth bishop and eighth archbishop of Montreal, since the establishment of the diocese in 1836.

OCTOBER 2020

Saturday 17 - 10:00 am 
Mass of Thanksgiving for the supporters of the annual fundraiser
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Sunday 18 - 10:30 am.
Catholic doctors - Annual conference (virtual)
Mgr Lépine Presentation

Sunday 25 - 9:30 am
Mass - Salt and Light
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Sunday 25 - 2:00 pm
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Promotional ceremony
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Friday 30 - 7:30 pm
Diaconal ordination (with mass)
Mr. François Gobeille
Notre-Dame-de-la-Consolata Parish

NOVEMBER 2020

Sunday 1 - 9:30 am
Mass - Salt and Light
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Monday 2 - 7:30 pm
Requiem Mass for victims of the Covid-19
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Friday 6 - 7:30 pm
Diaconal ordination (with mass)
Mr. Anthony Rettino
Saint Luke's Parish

Saturday 7 - 10 a.m.                
Crossroads of Consecrated Life - virtual              

Tuesday 10 - 7:30 am - 9 am            
Prayer Lunch
Fondation À Dieu va
Archbishop's chapel 
Mass (zoom) from 7:30 am to 8 am
                            
Saturday 14 - 11 a.m.                
Monastic fraternities of Jerusalem
Priestly Ordination of Brother Pierre-Benoît
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Parish
                               
Wednesday 18 - 7:30 a.m.            
Mass for persecuted Christians
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Saturday 21 - 7:30 p.m.            
Christ the King Mass
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

25-26                                 
CCCB - Ottawa

Friday 27 - 7:30 pm
Diaconal ordination (with mass)
Mr. Jean-Job Casimir
Saint-Ferdinand Parish

Saturday 28 - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.            
Parish Saint Thomas a Becket
Confirmations - without mass - English
                     
Saturday 28 - 6:15 p.m. (Rosary)
7 p.m.: Mass of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Nativity of the Holy Virgin Parish             
                               
Sunday 29 - 12:15 pm            
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Mass
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Sunday 29 - 2:00 p.m.                
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Retirement
Parish Hall - Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

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.

 

 

See all videos of the series Christian the Pilgrim

armoiries

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.
     

To view Archbishop's homilies, please click here.


Texts:

2020

2020-07-12
How is it possible that God still wants to reach out to me?

2020-07-05
I am gentle and humble in heart

2020-06-28
Is God first in your life? How?

2020-06-24
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

2020-06-21
The Loneliness of Body, Heart and Mind

2020-06-20
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2020-06-19
Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

2020-06-14
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

2020-06-07
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

2020-06-01
Mary, Mother of the Church! Mary our Mother!

2020-05-31
Pentecost Sunday

2020-05-30
Recognizing the Primacy of God

2020-05-24
Solemnity of the Ascension

2020-05-21
How can we pray in preparation for Pentecost?

2020-05-17
What has God done in your soul?

2020-05-14
Mass to celebrate the dignity of human life

2020-05-10
Draw near to the Lord Jesus

2020-05-03
The Listeners Were Cut to the Heart

2020-05-01
Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker and Consecration of the diocese

Mass for vocations

2020-04-26
Were not our hearts burning within us?

2020-04-22
Mass “in time of pandemic”

2020-04-19
Sunday of Divine Mercy

2020-04-12
Easter Sunday

2020-04-11
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

2020-04-10
Good Friday

2020-04-09
Holy Thursday

2020-04-08
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

2020-04-05
At The Procession With Palms

2020-03-29
What are your sufferings?

2020-03-22
Lord, come to knock on the door of our hearts!

2020-03-15
Mass celebrated “in camera” at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal

 

2017

2017-05-17   
Homily: Montreal's fondation anniversary Mass

2017-04-10   
Homily: Mass of Janine Sutto

2017-02-03   
Homily: Mass in soldarity with the victims and families of the attack of Quebec

 

2016

2016-05-15   
Homily: Episcopal ordination of Bishop Alain Faubert

2016-04-16   
Homily: Funeral Mass of Jeann Lapierre and Nicole Beaulieu

2016-04-02   
Homily: Funeral Mass of Claire Kirkland Casgrain

2016-01-22   
Homily: Funeral Mass of René Angélil

 

 

2015

2015-12-12   
Homily: Inauguration of Mary Queen of the World Cathedral's Door of Mercy

2015-06-09   
Homily: Funeral Mass of Jacques Parizeau

2015-02-17   
Homily: Funeral Mass of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte

 

 

2014

2014-12-10   
Homily: Funeral Mass of Jean Béliveau

2020

2020-10-07
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: Under the “new normal,” an enduring essential: the spiritual

2020-09-24
Pastoral Letter from Most Reverend Christian Lépine

2020-06-29
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: A Church reaching out with open arms and doors

2020-06-11
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: The spiritual, always essential

2020-05-27
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: In solidarity with ‘those who mourn’

2020-05-13
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: Primacy of the Spiritual Life

2020-05-05
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: Every Generation, together

2020-04-08
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: TOGETHER, LET US PRAY

2020-03-25
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter : Time to awaken the soul

2020-03-20
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: Jesus is knocking at the door of our heart

2020-03-17
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: “Rediscovering the depths of our soul”

2020-03-13
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter: “Care for: Body, Heart and Soul”

2020-03-03
Press Release : Live Broadcast of Mass of Solidarity at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

2020-02-05
Archbishop Lépine’s Pastoral message for the 28th World Day of the Sick

 

2019

2019-05-16
Declaration of Most Rev. Christian Lépine - Pastoral Care: Sick and vulnerable people must be shown the most profound respect

2019-05-16  
Statement of Archbishop Lépine on Bill 21 regarding secularism

2019-04-24   
Archbishop Lépine's letter: In communion with the Christians of Sri Lanka

2019-04-15   
Statement of Archbishop Lépine: Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

2019-04-05   
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral Letter : Sexual Abuse

2019-03-22   
Statement of Archbishop Lépine: Assault at St. Joseph's Oratory

2019-03-20   
Statement of Archbishop Lépine: City Hall crucifix to be removed

 

2018

2018-09-19   
Archbishop Lépine's Open Letter: Shared pain

2018-06-24   
Archbishop Lépine's Message: Undergo a Missionary Revival

2018-06-11   
Archbishop Lépine's Letter: Implementation of the diocesan Responsible Pastoral Ministry policy in the Archdiocese of Montreal

 

2017

2017-02-06   
Archbishop Lépine's Message: Attacks in Quebec City (French version only)

2017-02-01   
Archbishop Lépine's Pastoral letter : 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal

 

2013

2013-09-14   
Archbishop Lépine's Letter: The Secular Government and Religion Duality

Here are the “Care for the Soul” videos from the Archbishop of Montreal, Most Reverend Christian Lépine published during the COVID-19 pandemic.