OTTAWA - Dennis Savoie has been chosen as Canada's new ambassador to the Holy See.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird named Savoie among a number of diplomatic appointments made Aug. 1. The new ambassador had most recently been serving as second in command of the Knights of Columbus at its international headquarters in New Haven, Conn. As Deputy Supreme Knight working closely with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Savoie also advised the Knights on Canadian affairs.
A New Brunswick native, Savoie also served on the board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, which is co-sponsored by the Knights and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishops' conference president Archbishop Paul-André Durocher welcomed the appointment of Savoie.
“Mr. Savoie is a man who has given leadership both at the civic and community level in Canada,” said Durocher. “He has shown his leadership skills in a number international organizations. I think he’s a highly qualified man.
“He is obviously very knowledgeable of the Catholic faith being himself a devout Catholic, so he will bring knowledge of the sensitivities that are present within the Vatican and the workings within the Vatican, so I think those are gifts that he brings to the role of representing our country at the Holy See,” the archbishop said.
FORMER DEPUTY SUPREME KNIGHT
DENNIS A. SAVOIE
ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS
AMBASSADOR OF CANADA TO THE HOLY SEE
WHEREAS, Dennis A. Savoie, Former Deputy Supreme Knight and Past State Deputy of New Brunswick, distinguished himself as a fraternal leader throughout his four decades of service to the Order; and
WHEREAS, throughout his tenure as Deputy Supreme Knight, Brother Savoie’s responsibilities included serving as the Supreme Council’s primary liaison to the leadership and membership of the Order in Canada; and
WHEREAS, Brother Savoie has been a stalwart advocate of the Church’s teachings, particularly through his involvement in and support of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), a joint project of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus; and
WHEREAS, Dennis, his wife Claudette and their family have upheld and promoted the Christian vocation of marriage as committed Catholics living lives of faith in the public square in the authentic spirit of the lay apostolate as expressed by St. John Paul II; and
WHEREAS, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, recognizing his lifetime of devoted service to the Catholic Church and dedication to his beloved homeland of Canada, appointed Dennis A. Savoie as Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See on August 1, 2014; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that Board of Directors of the Order of the Knights of Columbus, assembled in Orlando, Florida, on August 2, 2014, expresses heartfelt and prayerful best wishes to our esteemed brother Knight Dennis A. Savoie as he prepares to undertake this new and important chapter in his life of service to the Church and his country.