ORDER OF CANADA — Governor General David Johnston presents the Officer of the Order of Canada insignia to Archbishop James Weisgerber. The ceremony was held Sept. 12. (Photo: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG)

Archbishop Weisgerber invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada

OTTAWA (CCN) — Canada’s Governor General David Johnston invested Winnipeg Archbishop-emeritus James Weisgerber as an Officer of the Order of Canada in a ceremony Sept. 12.
“James Weisgerber is a champion of social change and justice. Since being ordained as a priest 50 years ago, he has served numerous prairie communities and parishes, most recently as the Archbishop of Winnipeg,” said a news release from the Governor General’s office. “He is best known for his instrumental role in helping reconcile residential school survivors with the church, notably for arranging a historic meeting between them and Pope Benedict XVI, in 2009.”

Weisgerber was president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops when that historic meeting took place. He also invited then National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine to address the bishops’ plenary.

“His ongoing efforts to build a brighter future for Aboriginal communities led to his symbolic adoption as a brother by Anishinabe Elders,” the release said. (See related story.)

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