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.
Christian Lépine, S.E. Mgr, Archevêque de Montréal
Alain Faubert, S.E. Mgr, V.G.
Charles Langlois, PSS
P. Harry Célestin, c.s.v.
P. Pierangelo Paternieri, C.S
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine
M. l’abbé François Charette
M. l’abbé Alain Mongeau
P. Médard Mbay Kwango, CMF
Marc Rivest, CSS
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.
Christian Lépine, H.E., Archbishop of Montreal
Alain Faubert, H.E., Most Rev., V.G.
Charles Langlois, P.S.S.
Gerald Gagnon, CPA, CA, CFA, MBA
Jacqueline Di Vito
François L. Morin
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.
OFFICIAL MEMBERS :
+ Christian Lépine, président du Conseil
+ Alain Faubert
Charles Langlois, PSS
Guy Guindon, PSS
Jozef Blaszak, OFM conv.
Michael Orban, SJ
Jean Chrysostome Zoloshi
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.
Current members who remain in office
+ Alain Faubert (31/08/2028)
Charles Langlois, PSS (24/03/2028)
François Charette (31/08/2027)
New members :
Jean Chrysostome Zoloshi
The Pastoral Council of the Diocese of Montreal is a permanent consultative body representing the diocesan community. The Council is comprised of about twelve members, mostly baptized lay people, from the various sectors that make up the Catholic Church in Montreal.
1 - Jean-François Bigras
2 - Susan Mader Brown, Professor, Religious Studies, Theology
3 - Noé Fernando Castro avsec, Animator of spiritual life and community involvement, Dorval-Jean-XXIII Secondary School
4 - Jensy Gunaseelam
5 - Me Diane Labrèche, Professor of Law (retired)
6 - Violaine Paradis, CND, Social Action Ministry, Centre-Sud/Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
7 - Sophia Romero, Secretary, Notre-Dame-de-Pompei Parish
8 - Jean-Marc St-Jacques, CSV, Sacré-Cœur Residence, Clerics of Saint Viator
9 - Fruan Tabamo, Coordinator - Henri-Bradet Shelter, SAPA: supporting autonomy for the elderly
10 - Charles Taker, Leader of RCIA and Liturgical Ministries at St. Patrick’s Basilica
11 - Brian Traynor, Program Developer at Divine Renovation Ministry; Senior Leadership Team St. Willibrord
1 - Jean-François Bigras
2 - Susan Mader Brown
Dr. Susan Mader Brown, a member of Notre-Dame-de-la-Consolata parish since moving to Montreal in 2018 to be closer to her daughter and grand-daughter, is a Nova Scotian by birth but spent her professional career in Ontario, primarily in London, as professor of Religious Studies at King's University College at Western University and as part-time professor of Theology at St. Peter's Seminary. She has represented the CCCB in national ecumenical dialogues with the United and Anglican Churches. She participated in diocesan preparations for the 2023-2024 Synod and is currently a member of the Steering Committee preparing for the diocesan Synod. She is also preparing to participate in SASMAD's ministry and sings with the Chorale du Gesù.
3 - Fernando Castro
Fernando Castro arrived in Quebec in 1990 to organize and lead the ministry for the Latin American Mission of Notre Dame de Guadalupe. In 1993, he became Pastoral animator for the diocese of Montreal, later becoming Animator of Spiritual life and community involvement in the public school system and today is working at Dorval-Jean XXIII Secondary School.
- Pastoral Council for the Centre-Sud presbyterate for 19 years, focusing on reflection and organizing pastoral development.
- Advisor to Archbishop J.C. Turcotte.
- Synod of Montreal – 1993 – 1998.
- Missionary Conference of Latin America (COMLA 7): in 2003 responsible for coordinating travel arrangements for 225 young Francophones to Guatemala, his country of origin.
- Representative for Canadian laypersons at the First Ecclesial Assembly of Latin America in Mexico in 2021, with CELAM – Episcopal Council of Latin America.
- Spanish Mission of St. Teresa of Avila: evangelization, youth ministry, catechesis, and tech team - since 2006.
- Animator for lay Marists since 1997 and for Jeunesse en action since 2003.
- In training for the Permanent Diaconate
4 - Jensy Gunaseelam
5 - Diane Labrèche
Prof. Diane Labrèche has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1976. Now retired from her career as Professor of Law at the Université de Montréal, where she taught criminal law from June 1977 until May 2017, Ms. Labrèche has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the 3M award, and has acquired vast expertise in the areas of both university-level teaching and professional development, in particular dealing with the law in its social context. Since retirement, while continuing to pursue her interests in professional development, she has been working together with various philanthropic initiatives on behalf of the Université de Montréal’s Réseau des diplômés et des donateurs (Association of graduates and donors), as well as acting as consultant in the institution’s legal clinic for the support of victims of criminal offences.
With regard to her involvement with the Church, Ms. Labrèche is a member of over ten years’ standing with the Parish of St. Monica. Here she worked with the parish’s pastoral committee from September 2018 to June 2019. In February 2019, in collaboration with the then curate, she offered a workshop titled “Welcoming LGBT Catholics – Reflecting on Where We Are and Where We Are Going.” More recently, Ms. Labrèche has taken part in numerous synodal meetings, at both the parochial and diocesan levels.
6 - Violaine Paradis
Violaine is a religious with the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. While completing her studies in practical theology with the Dominicans, she spent three years in campus ministry working with the Benoît Lacroix Space (Centre étudiant Benoît-Lacroix), a role that combined her faith, her passion for the theatre and her inspiration for working with young people. She has been serving in social ministry for almost three years in the Centre-Sud and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve districts. Violaine has a profound belief in social justice and the preferential option for the poor. She dreams of the day when all of us, together as one Church, will make a deeper commitment to these values.
7 - Sophia Romero
Ms. Sophia Romero is Secretary of Notre-Dame-de-Pompei parish. She is a member of the Hispanic community and assists in the liturgy, the choir and the catechism program. Born in Canada of Salavdoran heritage, she is 38 years old. Her university studies were in commerce, and she speaks four languages.
8 - Jean-Marc St-Jacques
Following his studies in theology and pedagogy, Br. Jean-Marc St-Jacques, c.s.v., worked in education as a teacher and director of an educational institution. For the past five years, he has been provincial treasurer of the Clerics of Saint Viator of Canada. In parallel, he has always been active in the world of young people. He is currently general manager of the SVP (Service de Préparation à la Vie - life preparation services) and director of Camps de l'Avenir (camps of the future) on Lake Ouimet.
9 - Fruan Tabamo
Mr. Fruan Tabamo is am a married man and father of three. He has been working in the Quebec healthcare system since 1996. He is a parishioner of the Mission catholique philippine de Montréal, where he is a member of the parish pastoral council.
10 - Charles Taker
Charles Taker has been with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages since January 2003. He is the Commissioner’s Representative for the Region of Quebec and Nunavut. Before this appointment, he was manager in the Official Language Minority Communities Secretariat at Human Resources Development Canada.
Prior to joining the Federal Government in 2000, Charles Taker served as Director General of the Municipality of Grosse-Île in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. He has also worked in education, health and social services and community media.
In terms of church affiliation, he has led the RCIA process at St. Patrick’s for the past 20 years and is currently MC for major ceremonies at the basilica as well as responsible for the liturgical ministries. Over the years, he has sat on a number of diocesan committees including most recently the Équipe diocésaine pour le catéchumenat. He has been an Associate of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame for the past 31 years.
Aside from his obvious interest in faith-related issues, linguistic duality and Canadian public policy, Charles Taker is a lover of Downton Abbey and all things Edwardian. When he is not attending conferences or work events, a typical Saturday finds him on the hunt for antique and estate sales. A self-styled foodie, he loves to cook, entertain and regale (or annoy) his Facebook friends with recipes and pictures of his gastronomical creations and / or mishaps.
11 - Brian Traynor
Program Developer at Divine Renovation, a global ministry, whose mission is to inspire, equip, and connect parishes to be missional. Formerly a teacher and campus minister. Senior Leadership Team member of St. Willibrord parish in Verdun, he is the father of three and husband of Talitha Cere.