On the recommendation of Archbishop Lépine, papal honours were conferred upon Fathers François Sarrazin and Marc Rivest, who were recently designated monsignors (Chaplains of His Holiness).

Monsignor François Sarrazin, C.S.S., E.V.


The title of Chaplain of His Holiness is a pontifical distinction awarded by the Holy Father, at the request of the diocesan Archbishop. This honorary title is generally conferred on a priest, whose function is particularly associated with the ministry of the Bishop.

Today, it is conferred on Father François Sarrazin, Episcopal vicar for Canonical Affairs and Chancellor of our diocese.

Monsignor Sarrazin was ordained priest for the Diocese of Montreal on May 12, 1976, by Cardinal Paul Grégoire, Archbishop of Montreal. Following his ordination, he was appointed in 1978 vicar of the parish Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in Laval for seven years. He was then appointed for studying in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from which he graduated with a licence in Canon Law, then thereafter, a doctorate in Canon Law.

The Most Reverend Christian Lépine asked him to take charge of the office of Chancellor and Archivist of the Archdiocese of Montreal in 2012.

Today, Monsignor Sarrazin becomes a member of the pontifical family. It is with joy that the Most Rev. Christian Lépine confers on him the title of Chaplain of His Holiness.

Monsignor Marc Rivest, C.S.S.


Monsignor Marc Rivest, C.S.S., has been a priest in the diocese of Montreal since June 12, 1979. He first exercised his ministry as vicar of the parish Mary Queen of the World until November 5, 1986. He was appointed parish priest in Saint-Maurice-de-Duvernay for a term of six years.

He then became parish priest in Saints-Anges-de-Lachine until September 1, 2002. From that date, he was appointed parish priest in Saint-Vincent-Ferrier and Sainte-Cécile in Montreal.

On January 1, 2014, he became parish priest in Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal.

It is with gratitude that the Most Rev. Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, confers on him the honorary title of Chaplain of His Holiness.