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Fr. Sean Wenger, CC Appointed Episcopal Vicar


Fr. Sean Wenger, Cc PortraitWhen Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC, left us in the beginning of December to shepherd the Diocese of St. John New Brunswick, English Pastoral Services, clergy and faithful of the English Pastoral Regions of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall were left without their leader. Archbishop Terrence asked me to take over these responsibilities. Since then, we have been working to implement a new leadership structure to assist me in leading and serving the clergy and faithful of the soon-to-be-amalgamated Dioceses.

As of March 2, 2020, a new leadership team is in place to assist me.

Three priests are now working part-time in this leadership team, and have officially been appointed by Archbishop Terrence as Episcopal Vicars.

  • Fr. Dan van Delst, our Chancellor, is appointed Episcopal Vicar and will be working with the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, in both French and English sectors.
  • Fr. Sean Wenger, CC, is appointed Episcopal Vicar and will be working with the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, and is given charge of the English sector.
  • Fr. François Kibwenge is appointed Episcopal Vicar and will be working with the clergy and faithful of the French sector of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

One of the major responsibilities of the new Archdiocesan Leadership Team (ALT) is to begin a diocesan-wide consultation in order to define and implement a pastoral and financial long term (5 years) vision for all the parishes and units of our new Archdiocese. The Pastoral Regions/Deaneries and the parishes will receive support in terms of formation and resources from the Leadership Team and with the collaboration of the Pastoral and Administration Services of the new Archdiocese, in order to attain the goal and objectives of the pastoral vision and mission that all of us, as a Church, will plan and determine for the foreseeable future. This plan will take a few years of preparation before concrete actions are taken or become apparent. So let’s start praying right away for the success of this bold enterprise and ask the Lord for patience, discernment, creativity, collaboration and respect for one another.

Archbishop Terrence and myself wish to thank you for your trust and support. We invite you to join us as we embark on this daring adventure together. We believe this long term vision and mission plan is of critical importance for the thriving of our local Church.

Auxiliary Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.

Archdiocese of Ottawa