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).

Saturday, June 14, 2014

New Bishop for the Diocese of Victoria — His Excellency Gary Gordon

The memo from Fr. John, the Diocesan Administrator who has ably attended to the day-to-day business of the Diocese, reads as follows:
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.
Bishop Gordon has celebrated daily Mass at the University of Victoria a couple of times and has visited the Diocese of Victoria on several occasions. UVic students have journeyed northward to serve on mission in Bishop Gary's now former diocese. Among other activities, students met with native elders and helped restore diocesan buildings. On his sabbatical, our chaplain served in parishes of the Diocese of Whitehorse, so Bishop Gordon is acquainted with the University of Victoria community.

Bishop Gordon has been an outstanding Bishop of a vast region in Northern Canada. A climate and geography that would surely intimidate and deter most men, Bishop Gordon embraced his mission among the peoples of Northern British Columbia and the Yukon with vim and vigour.

You can be certain that the people of the North will surely miss this good and holy man.

May God grant Bishop-Elect Gary holiness, health and happiness!

Ad multos annos!

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