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Auxiliary Bishops

From left to right: Bishop Alain Faubert, Archbishop Christian Lépine and Bishop Thomas Dowdrt, Mgr Christian Lépine et Mgr Thomas Dowd

Auxiliary Bishops

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.


Bishop Alain Faubert
April 4, 1965
Priestly ordination: June 9, 1995
Episcopal ordination: June 15, 2016
Motto : ''Son amour s'étend d'âge en âge'' (His love extends from generation to generation)

Born in Montreal on April 4, 1965, Alain Faubert grew up in Laval, in Saint-Sylvain Parish. While studying at Collège Laval, under the direction of the Marist Brothers, Faubert experienced a spiritual awakening around age 14.

After completing studies at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, a diaconal internship at Saint-Urbain Parish, and a master's degree in pastoral studies at Université de Montréal, he was ordained a diocesan priest for the Church of Montreal on June 9, 1995. He was then appointed curate at Sainte-Dorothée Parish, before beginning full-time doctoral studies in ecclesiology at Institut catholique de Paris and at Université Laval in Quebec City. His thesis, defended in August 2010, examined the presidential dimension of the pastoral ministry of bishops and priests.

Upon returning from studies in 2004, Alain Faubert was appointed curate for the parish cluster in Outremont (Montreal) comprising three parishes, and Assistant to the Director of the Diocesan Office for Faith Education.  He then became Assistant for the Catechumenate Service, after which he was named Assistant to the Vicar General. From 2004 to 2010, he also co-hosted Parole et Vie, a television magazine show that examined the contemporary search for spiritual and religious meaning from various perspectives. He also taught ecclesiology and the theology of ministry at Institut de formation théologique de Montréal.

In January 2011, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar of the eastern region of the Archdiocese of Montreal. In May of the same year, he was named a Chaplain of His Holiness (Monsignor). Pastor of Saint-Germain Parish in Outremont since September 2012, Alain Faubert was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, Titular Bishop of Vicus Pacati, by His Holiness Pope Francis on April 19, 2016.

Since September 1, 2016, Bishop Faubert has been vicar general for pastoral and missionary affairs for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Coat of Arms

Armoiries de Mgr Alain Faubert

A heart surmounted by a cross is the symbol of the "Jesus Caritas" fraternities. Rooted in the spirituality of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Bishop Faubert has been a fraternity member since his seminary days. The "life of Nazareth," the preferential option for the poor, contemplation in action, and following in the footsteps of Christ and Brother Charles: all are defining elements of his personal spirituality and his pastoral approach.

The "M" crowned with stars symbolizes the Virgin Mary and the Marists. It represents Bishop Faubert's attachment to the Marist movement and the spirituality of its founder, St. Marcellin Champagnat. The three violets below it denote the "little virtues" that Marcellin espoused: humility, simplicity and modesty.

The "celestial" blue stream that flows from the cross is a symbol of Baptism, the source of everything. It also represents the Petite-Nation River, which runs through the Fauberts' ancestral region in the Outaouais. The river gives shape to a mountain, the village of Montpellier. The anvil depicts the blacksmith trade, which Florimond, Bishop Faubert's grandfather, practiced there.

The colours of the coat of arms are emblematic of the three theological virtues: azure (Faith), green (Hope), gold and red (Divine Glory, through Love and the Cross).

The seashell signifies the Camino of Santiago, on which Bishop Faubert journeyed as a pilgrim and as a brother to all seeking God.

Bishop Faubert's motto, "Son amour s'étend d'âge en âge "(His love extends from generation to generation), is drawn from the Magnificat (Lk 1: 50), which Mary sang when visiting her cousin Elizabeth (The Visitation). It encapsulates the heart of the Gospel: the Lord's invincible love. Contemplating and welcoming this love must remain the first priority throughout our lives. The Greek text and the Latin translation of the first words of the motto draw attention to the nature of the Lord's faithful love: it is merciful. This recalls the Jubilee Year of Mercy, during which Bishop Faubert received his episcopal ordination. Greek and Latin also call to mind our scriptural roots and the universality of the faith.

Finally, the green six-tasselled ecclesiastical hat and the gold Latin cross are the traditional symbols of episcopal ministry.

Meet Bishop Faubert




Bishop Thomas Dowd

Birth: September 11, 1970
Priestly ordination: December 7, 2001
Episcopal ordination: September 10, 2011
Motto: ''One heart and soul''

Thomas Dowd was born in Montreal on Sept. 11, 1970, and ordained a priest on Dec. 7, 2001. Following his theological studies at the Grand Seminary of Montreal, he did pastoral work, from 2001 to2005, in the Montreal parishes of Holy Name of Jesus, Saint Thomas à Becket, Saint Veronica and Saint Luke. From 2005 to 2006, he served as chaplain at Lakeshore General Hospital. From 2006 to 2011, he was associate director of the Office for Pastoral Personnel. In September 2010, he was named director of formation for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

On July 11, Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Dowd as auxiliary bishop to assist our archbishop with the important task of proposing Jesus Christ in Montreal. His Episcopal ordination took place Sept. 10 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

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Coat of Arms

Armoiries de Mgr Dowd


The green and gold colours are derived from the colours of the Dowd family. Green, in particular, is the colour of hope, a virtue that is at the core of my spirituality. Gold represents the glory of God and of heaven, a glory I hope to witness and share in some day. It is the object of my hope.

With regards to the sun, I have long been inspired by the title given to Christ of "Sun of Justice," as found in this quote from the prophet Malachi when speaking of the coming Day of the Lord: "But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays" (chapter 3, verse 20).

The stripe, called a bend sinister in heraldic terms, has the same basic shape as a deacon's stole. It represents the fact that all bishops and priests were first ordained as deacons, and are called to serve and not be served.

The special horn is actually a shofar, a trumpet traditionally made from the horn of a ram. This musical instrument is meant to announce the glory of God. As well, these sorts of instruments are symbolic of communication at a distance, and so it expresses my interest in media and other means of social communications.

The motto, cor et anima una, is Latin for "one heart and soul." It is taken from a description of the early Christian community found in the Acts of the Apostles (chapter 4, verse 32). Unity has been a core theme of my own spiritual life for many years.

Finally, the green hat with tassels, as well as the Latin cross, are traditional symbols of the episcopal ministry.

Meet Bishop Dowd



Bishop Emeritus Jude Saint-Antoine

Mgr Jude Saint-Antoine, évêque auxiliaire à Montréal

Birth: October 29, 1930
Priestly ordination: May 31, 1956
Episcopal ordination: May 22, 1981
Motto: "Grandir en Église" (Nurtured in the Church)
Resignation: 2006

Jude Saint-Antoine was born in Montreal on October 29, 1930.  He attended the parish school of the Sisters of Jésus-Marie and the brothers of the écoles chrétiennes de Maisonneuve. He continued his secondary education at l’Externat classique Sainte-Croix and at collège l’Assomption. After completing his theological formation at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, he received his priestly ordination from Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger on May 31, 1956 at the parish of Saint-Enfant-Jésus de Pointe-aux-Trembles.

He was named professor and student animator at collège l’Assomption, and in the following years at collège Saint-Paul and Cégep Bois-de-Boulogne, where he was a member of the foundation team. Licenced in Theology and Education Sciences at l’Université de Montréal, he obtained a doctorate in Spiritual Theology at the Gregorian University of Rome in 1963.

In 1975, Most Reverend Paul Grégoire made him pastor of Saint-Benoit parish, and four years later Episcopal Vicar of the Centre-West area of Montreal.  Called by Pope John Paul II to become Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, Monseigneur Saint-Antoine was ordained bishop on May 22, 1981 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. He represented the bishops at the Catholic committee of the Conseil Supérieur de l’Éducation, at the Office de Catéchèse du Québec, and in various spiritual movements. He was a member of several episcopal committees including the Education committee. In 1990, Msgr. Jean-Claude Turcotte invited him to be director of the Pastoral Office of Personnel and director of the spiritual renewal of priests successively.

In 2006, he became Bishop Emeritus in what is an ongoing retreat at the Cathedral of Montreal.