Vatican Transfers Outaouais Parishes from the Diocese of Mont-Laurier to the Archdiocese of Gatineau
June 1, 2022 - The Vatican announced this morning the merger of the dioceses of Mont-Laurier and Saint-Jérôme to create a new ecclesiastical jurisdiction: the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme--Mont-Laurier.
At the same time, the parishes of Maniwaki, Gracefield and Duhamel have been transferred to to the Archdiocese of Gatineau. All the territory of the administrative region of the Outaouais that was in the diocese of Mont-Laurier is now attached to the archdiocese of Gatineau. This transfer corresponds to the wish of the majority of Catholics in these regions who, during a survey conducted in 2020, expressed their desire to be attached to Gatineau in the event of a merger of their diocese with Saint-Jérôme.
Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, welcomes this news, given the natural link that exists between the populations of these regions and the archdiocese. He thanked the priests affected by these changes for continuing to minister in these communities. He is already planning a diocesan team visit to Gracefield and Maniwaki to meet with the leaders of these communities and work together to ensure a smooth transition.
The parishes affected by this change are: Assomption-de-la-Vierge-Marie and Saint Patrick in the municipality of Maniwaki, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, which serves the Catholic population of Kitigan Zibi, Sainte-Marie-de-l'Incarnation in the municipality of Gracefield and Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel in the municipality of Duhamel. The latter parish has been under the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Gatineau since 1999.
Following its synodal process of 2018-2020, the Archdiocese of Gatineau has given itself the following pastoral priorities: “Open to its milieu and committed to synodality, the Catholic Church in the Outaouais is cares particularly for young immigrant families and elderly people who live alone, encouraging partnerships and expert use of new means of communication.”
For further information, please contact Archbishop Durocher at 819-771-8391 (ext. 310).
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