Louis Corriveau was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Joliette on May 21, 2019, by Pope Francis. Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Quebec since 2016, he becomes the seventh bishop of this diocese in Lanaudière.
Following his appointment, he wrote on Facebook: “It is with peace that I embrace this new challenge.”
“As an Auxiliary Bishop in Quebec City, I worked alongside distinguished people who contributed to my training over the last two and a half years, and I gained a solid experience,” indicated Bishop Corriveau on Tuesday morning. He also thanked the pastoral staff in Quebec City, as well His Eminence Gérald Cardinal Lacroix.
While expressing great happiness for his colleague, Cardinal Lacroix said he feels a “twinge of regret” due to his departure: “Bishop Louis shows great deepness. He is ‘in love’ with the Word of God, and bears the renewal and the future of our Church’s Mission wholeheartedly”, added Cardinal Lacroix.
Born on March 23, 1964, in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Louis Corriveau was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1990. He particularly ministered in the Beauce and Portneuf regions, and was part of the training team at the Grand Séminaire de Québec. From 2009 to 2013, he was also Notre-Dame teams’ spiritual advisor for Canada. He became bishop on December 8, 2016, alongside his colleague Marc Pelchat. Most recently, he was part of the successful singing group Les Prêtres led by singer Mario Pelchat.
This appointment came with the announcement of Pierre Morissette’s resignation as Bishop of Saint-Jérôme. The former Bishop of Joliette, the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, who was appointed Bishop Coadjutor of Saint-Jérôme last year, automatically succeeds Bishop Morissette who had been in office this past eleven years.
Prior to Bishop Corriveau’s appointment in Joliette, the diocese was led by Bishop Poisson who was acting as Apostolic Administrator.
Louis Corriveau will visit his new diocese on Thursday, May 23. Information regarding his official installation as Bishop of Joliette will be made public later.
The Diocese of Joliette consists of twenty-three parishes and a mission, and ministers to close to 267,000 Catholics.