VICTORIA, B.C., May 18, 2004 ( – Pope John Paul II named Msgr. Richard Gagnon, currently Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, as Bishop of Victoria Friday. There has been no bishop in Victoria since the appointment this past January of Most Rev. Raymond Roussin, S.M., as Archbishop of Vancouver.

Stephanie Gray, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, spoke with Tuesday. “He’ll be a huge blessing to Victoria,” she said. Bishop-Elect Gagnon was the archbishop’s representative to St. John de Brebeuf high school in Abbotsford, B.C., when Gray was a student there. Bishop-Elect Gagnon “does not shy away from controversial issues; I remember him preaching about the evils of contraception during a homily,” she said. Gray described how she had the opportunity to renew her acquaintance with Msgr. Gagnon when he asked the Centre for resources for use in teaching a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults class about pro-life issues.  See the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform web-site, at:  Read The B.C. Catholic, official paper of the Vancouver Archdiocese, report, at:


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