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Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishop for Montreal


OTTAWA (CCN) — Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Alain Faubert, CSS, as a new auxiliary bishop for the Montreal archdiocese.

Born in 1965, Bishop-elect Faubert was ordained a priest for the Montreal archdiocese in June 1995. At the time of his appointment he was serving as pastor of Montreal’s Saint-Germain Parish.

In January 2011, the bishop-elect had been appointed episcopal vicar of the archdiocese’s eastern region and in May of that year, he was named monsignor (Chaplain of His Holiness).

After his ordination and five years as an assistant pastor, Faubert pursued theology studies at the Institut catholique de Paris and at Laval University in Quebec City.

In 2004, he resumed full-time pastoral work in the Outremont district of Montreal while teaching at the Institut de formation théologique de Montréal and serving as assistant director of the Diocesan Office for Faith Education.

Montreal serves a population of 1,494,132 Catholics with 394 diocesan priests, 562 religious priests; 78 permanent deacons, 3,000 religious sisters, 230 religious brothers and 121 lay pastoral workers.

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