Date: June 14, 2014
To: Priests, Religious, Parishioners, Principals, Staff
From: Rev. John Laszczyk, Diocesan Administrator
Cynthia Bouchard-Watkins, Chancellor
Re: Appointment – Bishop of Victoria
Early this morning, June 14, 2014, it was publicly announced by the Vatican that Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Gary Gordon as Bishop of Victoria.
Bishop-Elect Gary Gordon was born on June 10, 1957, in Vancouver, British Columbia and attended Christ the King Seminary in Mission BC, and St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario where he graduated in 1982. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1982 for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Bishop-Elect Gordon was appointed Bishop of Whitehorse on January 5, 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI, ordained and installed as the 5th Bishop of Whitehorse on March 22, 2006.
As prescribed in the Code of Canon Law, Bishop-Elect Gordon will take canonical possession of the Diocese of Victoria within two months of receiving the apostolic letters. The Diocesan Consultors will meet with Bishop-Elect Gordon on Wednesday, June 18th and details pertaining to the installation will be announced after that meeting.
As members of our diocesan family we look forward to welcoming Bishop-Elect Gordon with open arms and loving hearts and we wish him many graced years of health and happiness in our midst.
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).