Marie-Joseph Lemieux

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His Excellency
Marie-Joseph Lemieux
Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to India
See Titular Archbishop of Saldae
Ordination 15 April 1928
by Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau
Consecration 29 Jun 1936
by Paolo Marella
Personal details
Born (1902-05-10)May 10, 1902
Quebec, Canada
Died March 4, 1994(1994-03-04) (aged 91)
Motto In Caritate Christi

Marie-Joseph Lemieux (1902-1994) was a Catholic archbishop and diplomat of the Holy See.


Marie-Joseph Lemieux joined the Dominican Order, and professed his vows on 4 August 1924. He studied in Rome, Lille and Oxford and was ordained a priest on 15 April 1928 in Ottawa by Cardinal Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau and was then sent on a mission to Japan.

On his appointment as Bishop of Hakodate, later diocese of Sendai (Japan) on 9 December 1935, he was then the youngest bishop in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. On 29 June 1936 he was consecrated by Cardinal Paolo Marella and the co-consecrators Archbishop Jean-Baptiste-Alix Chambon, MEP (Archdiocese of Tokyo) and Bishop Januarius Hayasaka Kyunosuke (Archdiocese of Nagasaki). In 1941, he was forced to leave Japan for political reasons, he returned to Canada on 16 January 1941 and was as appointed Titular Bishop of Calydon. On 26 November 1942 he received the appointment as Apostolic Administrator of the erstwhile Diocese of Gravelbourg in Saskatchewan, Canada. He was appointed Bishop of Gravelbourg on 15 April 1944 and the inauguration was on 28 May 1944.

This was followed on 20 July 1953 by his appointment as Archbishop and Metropolitan of Ottawa, on 17 September 1953 he was officially inaugurated to his new office. On 16 September 1966, he retired from the office of bishop of Ottawa and became the titular archbishop of Saldae. From 1966-1968 he was Apostolic Nuncio in Haiti and then in 1969 simultaneously the Apostolic Delegate to the Antilles. On 30 May 1969, he was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in India. On 16 February 1971, he retired, having reached the age of retirement for bishops.

Archbishop Lemieux was a participant in all sessions of the Second Vatican Council and was consultant to the "Preparatory Commission for the bishops and dioceses."

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Giuseppe Caprio
Apostolic Nuncio to India
30 May 1969 - 16 Feb 1971
Succeeded by
John Gordon