Winnipeg has a new Archbishop

A new archbishop has been appointed for Winnipeg, to succeed the retiring James Weisgerber.

A new archbishop has been appointed for Winnipeg, to succeed the retiring James Weisgerber.

Pope Francis named Most Reverend Richard Gagnon to the position.

The 65-year-old Gagnon has been Bishop of Victoria, B.C., since 2004 and was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 1983.

The date of Gagnon’s installation as Archbishop of Winnipeg is yet to be announced.

Weisgerber, 75, has been the city's archbishop for 13 years and is best known for his work in helping to reconcile residential school survivors with the church. He arranged a meeting between them and Pope Benedict in 2009.

Formed in 1915, the Archdiocese of Winnipeg is comprised of a Catholic population of 155,000 people in 67 parishes.

It encompasses an area of 16,405 kilometres, stretching west from the Red River and Lake Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border, south to the American border and north to the Village of Barrows, Man.

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