John Corriveau

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John Dennis Corriveau OFM Cap (born July 27, 1941) is a Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He serves as the sixth and current Bishop of Nelson.


John Corriveau was born on the shores of Lake Huron in Zurich, Ontario. He was initially attracted to the diocesan priesthood, but decided to enter the religious life like one of his cousins (who was a Redemptorist). He attended the Capuchin minor seminary in Blenheim, and then went to the United States to continue his education. He studied at the Capuchin novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland, St. Fidelis College (1960–1962) in Herman, Pennsylvania, and Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. (1962–1966), from where he obtained his MA in religious education.

Corriveau made his temporary vows as a Capuchin on July 14, 1960, and his perpetual profession exactly three years later, on July 14, 1963. Following his was priestly ordination on October 23, 1965, he served as a lecturer and the prefect of discipline at Mount Alverno Minor Seminary in Toronto.

Corriveau was elected Councillor of the vice-province of Central Canada in 1969; during his three-year-long tenure as Councillor, he also held the office of Guardian and Chaplain for the Christian Brothers. He was elected Minister of the vice-province being in both 1971 and 1974. He then served as President of the Conference of Capuchins of North America until 1975, whence he became pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish in Toronto. In 1980, he was nominated to serve on the General Council of the Capuchins. After a sabbatical year, he was once again elected Provincial of Central Canada in 1989. During that same year, he began a year's study of pastoral theology at Berkeley in California.

Corriveau was the worldwide head of his religious order as the seventy-first Minister General of the Capuchins from 1994 to 2006; although his headquarters were located in Rome, he travelled for the majority of the year. He once said of the post, "The general minister is not so much an authority figure but a charismatic figure representing our contact with St. Francis".[1] Upon his return to Canada, he began work at St. Francis' Table, a restaurant for the poor in Parkdale, where the Capuchin priest welcomed guests and served as a waiter, whilst doing parish work on weekends.

On November 30, 2007, he was appointed the sixth Bishop of Nelson, British Columbia, by Pope Benedict XVI. Corriveau received his episcopal consecration on January 30, 2008, from Archbishop Luigi Ventura, with Archbishop Raymond Roussin and Bishop Eugene Cooney serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Nelson. He was formally installed as bishop on January 31.

Corriveau took as his episcopal motto, "Pacificans per sanguinem crucis eius" (Colossians 1:20), or "Making peace through the blood of His cross."


  1. ^ Western Catholic Reporter. Capuchin leader named bishop of Nelson Diocese[permanent dead link] December 5, 2007

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Flavio Roberto Carraro
Minister General of the
Order of Friars Minor Capuchin

Succeeded by
Mauro Jöhri
Preceded by
Eugene Cooney
Bishop of Nelson