Roman Catholic Diocese of Trois-Rivières

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Diocese of Trois-Rivières
Dioecesis Trifluvianensis in Canada
The Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trois-Rivières.svg
The Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trois-Rivières
Country Canada
Ecclesiastical province Quebec
- Catholics

245,100 (98.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 8 June 1852
Cathedral Cathédral de l'Assomption de Marie
Patron saint The Virgin Mary of the Assumption
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Luc-André Bouchard
Emeritus Bishops Martin Veillette

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Trois-Rivières (Latin: Dioecesis Trifluvianensis in Canada) (erected 8 June 1852) is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Québec.


On 2 February 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Martin Veillette for reasons of age; he becomes Bishop Emeritus (at 75, in accordance with Canon 401.1 of the 1983 Latin-rite Code of Canon Law, all Catholic Bishops are required to submit their resignation to the Pope for possible acceptance). Pope Benedict named Bishop Luc-André Bouchard, until then the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Paul in Alberta, Canada, as the ninth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Bishop Bouchard was born in Cornwall, Ontario, on November 18, 1949. After attending seminary training at the Dominican University College in Ottawa, Ontario for his theological studies, he was ordained priest on September 4, 1976. He then continued his postgraduate education at Rome, Italy, and in Jerusalem, Israel, studying the Bible. He eventually returned to priestly ministry in his native Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, undertaking pastoral ministry in parishes there, and at some point around that time taught in the Archdiocesan Seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. From 1991 to 1994, he was part of the Seminary Training Team (the faculty for seminarian formation) in the Seminary of St.-Joseph d'Edmonton, becoming its Rector in 2000. On Saturday, September 8, 2001, he was appointed Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta. He received his episcopal consecration on November 9, 2001.


Territorial losses[edit]

Year Along with To form
1874 Archdiocese of Québec
Diocese of Saint-Hyacinthe
Diocese of Sherbrooke
1882 Diocese of Ottawa
Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface
Vicariate Apostolic of Pontiac
1885 Diocese of Nicolet


Coordinates: 46°21′00″N 72°33′00″W / 46.3500°N 72.5500°W / 46.3500; -72.5500