The episcopal Council of the Archbishop

Archbishop's Council

The Archbishop is the shepherd of the Church in his diocese. Episcopal consecration confers on him the threefold responsibility of sanctifying, teaching and governing.

He governs his diocese with legislative, executive and judicial powers by relying on various councils for guidance and support in delegating his authority. These councils are groups of people – the laity, deacons, religious women and priests who advise the Archbishop and help him with pastoral, and practical, decisions.

 

The Episcopal Council of the Diocese of Montreal is composed of Archbishop Christian Lépine’s closest collaborators. They meet with the Archbishop on a regular basis and provide a report on the pastoral pulse of the different parishes throughout the Archdiocese, help solve problems, plan for appointments of priests, etc.

Members:

Archbishop Christian Lépine
Bishop Alain Faubert, V.G., P.P.
Bishop Thomas Dowd, V.G., E.A.
Fr. Alain Mongeau,  E.V.
Canon François Sarrazin, E.V.
Fr. Pierangelo Paternieri, C.S.,  E.V.
Msgr. Pierre Blanchard, C.S.S., E.V.
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.
Msgr. Roger Dufresne, C.S.S., E.V.

The Council for Economic Affairs of the Diocese of Montreal is presided by Archbishop Christian Lépine. This council helps to manage the heritage of the diocese and is comprised of competent members in the field of economic affairs and in civil law. Its members are appointed by the Archbishop for a five-year term. This council is defined by the Code of Canon Law.

Members:

Archbishop Christian Lépine
Bishop Alain Faubert, V.G., P.P.
Bishop Thomas Dowd, V.G., E.A.
Sr. Claire Houde, s.p.

The Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Montreal represents the presbyterium (all the priests within the Archdiocese). Its mission is to assist the Archbishop in the governance of the diocese. According to Canon Law (495), it is to be like a “Senate of the Bishop”.

The members of the council are either members by right, owing to their office (Vicar General, Episcopal Vicar, etc.), elected by the priests themselves, or freely chosen by the Archbishop.

It is an advisory body. The duration of the mandate is 5 years.

Members:

Archbishop Christian Lépine
Bishop Alain Faubert, V.G., P.P.
Bishop Thomas Dowd, V.G., E.A.
Fr. Alain Mongeau, E.V.
Fr. André Beauchamp
Msgr. André Tiphane, C.S.S
Fr. Antony Louiz Arukulasseri, o.f.m.cap.
Fr. Bertrand Montpetit
Fr. François Breton, c.f.s.
Canon François Sarrazin, E.V.
Fr. Joseph Fugolo, c.s.
Fr. Laurent Ravenda
Msgr. Pierre Blanchard, C.S.S., E.V.
Fr. Pierre Léger
Fr. Pierangelo Paternieri, c.s., E.V.
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.
Msgr. Roger Dufresne, C.S.S., E.V.

Under the law, the College of Consultors is intended to assist the Archbishop with the governance of the diocese. Its members, between six and twelve in number, chosen freely by the Archbishop from among the members of the Presbyteral Council, are appointed for a five-year term. This college ensures the continuity of the diocesan governance in the case a seat becomes vacant.

Members:

Archbishop Christian Lépine
Bishop Alain Faubert, V.G., P.P.
Bishop Thomas Dowd, V.G., E.A.
Fr. Alain Vaillancourt
Canon François Sarrazin, E.V.
Msgr. Michel Parent, P.H.
Fr. Pierangelo Paternieri, c.s., E.V.
Msgr. Roger Dufresne, C.S.S., E.V.