REGINA — Archbishop Daniel Bohan ended his earthly life Jan. 15 at 6 a.m. in Regina’s Pasqua Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Archbishop Bohan was born Nov. 8, 1941, in Yarmouth, N.S., where his father was in the military. He was the first child in a family of six who grew up in Moncton, N.B., where he received his early education.
He entered Halifax’s Holy Heart Seminary in 1963 and was ordained a priest May 13, 1967. Along the way he obtained an arts degree, from St. Thomas University, Chatham, N.B., a theology degree from Holy Heart Seminary, a sacred theology degree from Université Laval, Quebec, and a masters of theology degree from Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He taught moral theology at Holy Heart Seminary prior to his appointment as bishop.
Bohan served as pastor in several Maritime parishes before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto May 14, 2003, and ordained bishop in July 3, 2003, in his home parish of St. Augustine’s Church, Moncton. Pope John Paul II appointed him archbishop of the Regina archdiocese on March 30, 2005. Bohan was one of the last appointments made by Pope John Paul II, now St. John Paul II.
The archbishop began his long involvement in ecumenism in 1999 when he was appointed as the Roman Catholic representative to the Gospel, Ecumenical and Theology Committee of the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada. Shortly after his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto he was appointed to the Social Affairs Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). He is past chair of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue and remained on the committee after his chairship. He is past chair of the Board of the National Catholic Broadcasting Council and past president of the Assembly of Western Bishops. He sat on the ad hoc committee for Aboriginal Ministry of the Assembly of Western Bishops and was recently appointed co-chair of the newly formed National Roman Catholic/Evangelical Dialogue.
In 2012 Bohan was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and also became a member of the Board of Governors for Catholic Missions in Canada and in 2014 he was appointed as one of three CCCB delegates on the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC). As a member of the Pontifical Council, he presented letters from the council to members of the Regina Sikh, Hindu, and Muslim communities recognizing and acknowledging their religious days and building bridges with those communities.
Bohan leaves to mourn his mother, Rita, in Moncton, two sisters, three brothers all residing in the Maritimes, many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, and the priests, religious, archdiocesan staff and lay people of the Regina archdiocese.
Vicar-general Rev. Lorne Crozon will assume the duties of archbishop until the archdiocesan consulters elect an administrator who will serve until a new archbishop is appointed.
Funeral arrangements: Visitation begins at Holy Rosary Cathedral at 9 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 21, until 7 p.m. Evening prayer begins at 7 with visitation concluding at 9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Friday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m.