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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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Gathering of Canada’s Bishops begins

2018 Plenary Sept24Cornwall, Ontario – The Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) opened today with the celebration of the Eucharist presided by The Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB. The week-long annual gathering of Canada's Bishops is once again being held at NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario. Some 90 Bishops from across the country are assembled to discern, discuss, and deliberate on ecclesial matters of national importance. This year's Plenary Assembly also takes place during the Conference's 75th anniversary year, having been founded with the encouragement and blessing of the Venerable Pope Pius XII in 1943.

Following a message sent to the Holy Father, the opening day consisted of a full agenda with a number of presentations by special guests. The keynote was delivered by His Beatitude Mar Béchara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and of all the East, on the challenges facing Maronite Catholics in Canada and other countries, and how the Church in Canada can help young Maronites. In his presentation, Cardinal Raï called on Maronite Catholics in Canada to persevere in their liturgical, spiritual and disciplinary traditions; to enrich Canadian society with Lebanese traditions; and to protect and mentor younger generations whose cultural identity is fragile, especially in a secular environment.

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2018 Report of the CCCB President

Brother Bishops, distinguished guests and members of staff,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, especially on the occasion of the beginning of our 75th anniversary year. In this report, I wish to reflect briefly on some of the highlights that have marked the life of our Episcopal Conference over the past year as well as to introduce a few of the items and themes that will be the subject of further conversation over the coming days.

Link to the report (PDF)

 

MESSAGE OF WELCOME TO THE 2018 PLENARY ASSEMBLY BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CCCB

gendron 120x151Dear Brothers in the episcopacy and invited guests,

To each of you, a warm welcome to our annual Plenary Assembly in Cornwall. As Bishops, we gather in the Lord's name, with fraternal and collegial solicitude to undertake, in a spirit of profound communion and solidarity, those tasks set before us and framed within a nationwide perspective so as to advance the mission entrusted to us by the Lord and to which we dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly.

This year, our Assembly takes on a particular connotation of celebration and recognition as we mark the 75th anniversary of our Conference's foundation in 1943 – officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948 – as a permanently constituted, national episcopal assembly. It was indeed in the month of October of that 1943, in Québec City, when the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, then called the Canadian Catholic Conference, was born. We will pray in thanksgiving throughout this week for the blessings, opportunities and accomplishments which this episcopal body received and responded to by the grace of God. This is likewise a unique opportunity to acknowledge humbly the great things that the Lord has accomplished in and through our Conference and its different offices, agencies and dedicated members and personnel. We will underscore this event in a myriad of ways throughout the week.

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2018 CCCB Plenary Assembly: live broadcasts from Salt + Light TV

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly 24-28 September 2018, at the Nav Centre, Cornwall, Ontario. Salt + Light Television, the Canadian Catholic television network, will broadcast events live online and on television with selected repeats throughout the day (times indicated below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time). This broadcast schedule is subject to change.

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2018 Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada

2013collection enOttawa – The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held 29 and 30 September 2018, coinciding with the beginning of the 75th anniversary year (1943-2018) of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). In his message to pastors and pastoral agents, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB, recalls that when the Conference began, the Bishops with the encouragement of Pope Pius XII had decided the urgent pastoral, liturgical, religious, and socio-political questions of the day needed the collaboration of all the country's Bishops. Canada at the time was engaged in the Second World War, still feeling the effects of the Depression, and already understood the priority of post-war reconstruction.

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Message from CCCB President to members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council - 20th anniversary

2018 - Canadian Catholic Indigenous CouncilThe Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a message to the present and past members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council, marking its 20th anniversary.

An important initiative of the Conference, the establishment of the Council was first approved in principle by the Plenary Assembly in 1996; it then became operational in 1998. Originally called the Council for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion, and until earlier this summer, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, the responsibilities of the Council in advising the CCCB have been significantly expanded; its membership of Indigenous Catholics, as well as the number of Bishops serving on the Council, has also increased.

Link to the letter (PDF)

 

Holy See Announces Names of Canadians Participating In or Assisting the Synod of Bishops October 3 – 28, 2018

Ottawa – The Holy See has announced the following names of Canadians participating in and assisting the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment being held October 3-28 in Rome. The names are in the order published.

Members of the Synod

1. The Most Rev. Brian J. Bayda, Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop of Saskatoon – as the elected member of the Synod of the Greek Ukrainian Catholic Church.
2. The Most Revv. Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke; Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal; Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; and Stephen Arthur Jensen, Bishop of Prince George – as the elected members of the Episcopal Conference of Canada.
3. His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops – as head of a Roman dicastery.
4. His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada – named by the Holy Father.

In addition, Pope Francis has named Cardinal Ouellet as a member of the Ordinary Council of the Synod.

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Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to Gather for 2018 Plenary Assembly

Plenary 2017-6Ottawa – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, from September 24-28, 2018. The Plenary Assembly is a gathering of 90 Bishops from across the country. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB President, will chair the meeting.

This year's Plenary Assembly marks the opening of the CCCB's 75th anniversary year under the theme "75 years of episcopal collegiality and solidarity with the people of God in Canada". Special anniversary activities will take place during the Plenary and throughout the year.

During the Plenary Assembly, the Bishops will welcome His Beatitude Mar Béchara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and of all the East. The Maronite Church is one of the largest Eastern Catholic Churches canonically established in Canada, prominent especially in Lebanon but with faithful around the globe. Cardinal Rai will speak about the challenges facing Maronites in Canada and in other countries.

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Life and family suggestions for homilies and prayers of the faithful during September 2018

As the 2018-2019 pastoral and school year begins, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post possible homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. The proposed texts for the month of September 2018 include suggestions from the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2 September, to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 30 September. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups or organizations. The texts for the month of September are available on the special Life and Family webpage, under the section "Documents and activities proposed by the CCCB".

 

Canadian Council of Churches issues document on peace

CCC Logo-60x60At its May 2018 meeting the Governing Board of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) adopted by consensus a document entitled "Principles of Peace", which expresses the various theological principles and views of its member Churches on peace. Central to the document is the biblical image of Shalom: right relationships between God, humanity and all of creation. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member of the CCC.

 

CCCB participation - World Meeting of Families 2018 – Dublin, Ireland

MacDonald Michel-webgagnon rgendronThe World Meeting of Families will take place 21 to 26 August 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

The theme chosen by Pope Francis is: The Gospel of the family: Joy to the world.

The CCCB will be represented officially by Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB; Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and Vice-President of the CCCB as well as Dr. Michel MacDonald, Executive Director of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family.

 

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the findings of the Pennsylvania Investigating Grand Jury

Further to recent news regarding the grievous sin, crime, and scandal of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and associated cover-ups in the United States and elsewhere in the world, the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published the following statement. The CCCB statement is issued in communion with the Holy Father and his Letter to the People of God, and in reference likewise to a recent joint statement by the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Link to Statement

 

CCCB Participates in Health Canada’s National Consultation on a Palliative Care Strategy for Canada

hands-736244 1920The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has participated in the public consultation on palliative care coordinated by Health Canada which is in response to the passing of Bill C-277- An Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. The consultation, which ran between May to July 2018, sought to engage Canadians so as to develop a national framework on palliative care. Themes such as: advance care planning, person and family-centred care, access issues,special populations, health care provider training and supports, caregiver needs, and community engagement were addressed (Link). The CCCB’s submission addressed questions especially geared for those involved in the delivery and administration of healthcare in Canada. The Conference’s submission was developed with the assistance of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and with several resources released by Covenant Health in Edmonton Alberta and others. 

The CCCB submission underscored the importance of the spiritual care dimension in palliative care, the human and personal dimensions in the care to be given, including the spiritual / religious needs of families and communities. Furthermore, it strongly emphasized that palliative care is not to include euthanasia or assisted suicide, or what is being called in Canada "Medical Assistance in Dying" (MAid). 

CCCB Palliative care submission (PDF)

 
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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.