Raymond Roussin

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The Most Reverend
Raymond Roussin
Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver
Province British Columbia
Diocese Archdiocese of Vancouver
Installed 2004
Term ended 2009
Predecessor Adam Exner
Successor J. Michael Miller
Other posts Provincial Superior Society of Mary (Marianists) 1980-1986
Bishop of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan 1995
Bishop of Victoria 1999
Ordination 1970 - Priest
Consecration 1995 - Bishop
Personal details
Birth name Raymond Roussin
Born (1939-06-17)June 17, 1939
St. Vital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died April 24, 2015(2015-04-24) (aged 75)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas
University of Manitoba
St. Louis University
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Coat of arms Raymond Roussin's coat of arms

Raymond O. Roussin SM was the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver from 2004 to January 2009, when his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.

Curriculum vitae[edit]

Born, Raymond Roussin, on June 17, 1939, in St. Vital, Winnipeg, Canada.


Raymond Roussin entered the religious institute of the Society of Mary in 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri and was ordained as a priest in 1970.


In 1995, Raymond Roussin was appointed Bishop of Gravelbourg and in 1999, Bishop of Victoria. Raymond Roussin was appointed Archbishop of Vancouver on January 10, 2004. His request for early retirement (for reasons of health since he had been suffering from depression) was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on January 2, 2009.

He was open with his depression long before his resignation which is unusual for bishops and other high churchmen. Psychologists lauded his coming forward as heroic.[1]


Due to the declining Catholic population in the Diocese of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Raymond Roussin was entrusted with dissolving the Diocese in 1995. On September 14, 1998 the Diocese reverted to the Archdiocese of Regina and the Diocese of Saskatoon.[2]

In 1998, Raymond Roussin became Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia. Because earlier questionable investments left the Diocese of Victoria in financial trouble, Raymond Roussin reorganized its finances by selling off unused property and brought the situation under control.[2]

On February 2007, Archbishop Raymond Roussin called for pornography-free mobile service.[3] The call was for Catholics & non-Catholics to divest from Telus Mobility and to write to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to stop downloading of pornography onto cell phones. Roussin's call, whose story drew the attention of The New York Times and Bloomberg News, was key to Telus dropping its adult content offerings.[4]

On July 7, 2008, James Wingle, Bishop of St. Catharines and Raymond Roussin, Archbishop of Vancouver, spoke out strongly against the decision to grant Dr. Henry Morgentaler the Order of Canada, and called for this award to be revoked.[5]

On September 5, 2008, Raymond Roussin, asked for support of Bill C-484, which would help protect the unborn as victims of crime. Presently, if a pregnant woman is attacked, and her unborn child is killed, the attacker is not charged with the murder of the child.[6]

On January 2, 2009 he was succeeded by J. Michael Miller.

On April 24, 2015 he died in Winnipeg.

Other positions[edit]

  • member of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)
  • member of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Education (French Sector)
  • member of Episcopal Commission for Liturgy (English Sector)


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Noël Delaquis
Bishop of Gravelbourg
Succeeded by
Diocese dissolved
Preceded by
Remi De Roo
Bishop of Victoria
Succeeded by
Richard Gagnon (de)
Preceded by
Adam Exner
Archbishop of Vancouver
Succeeded by
J. Michael Miller