His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today (Saturday, July 14) appointed the Reverend Gregory Bittman as Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton, Alberta. He will assist the Archbishop of Edmonton, the Most Reverend Richard W. Smith, who is also President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This is a great blessing for our entire Archdiocesan family, and we thank Bishop-Elect Bittman for his generous response to this call from the Holy Father. Please join with me in praying for His Excellency's episcopal ministry, which I know will bear great fruit not only for us but also for the Church in Canada.” (Archbishop Smith to the faithful of the Archdiocese).

Father Bittman will be ordained to the episcopate on Monday, September 3, 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Basilica.

Bishop-Elect Gregory Bittman was born on March 5, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1991, he obtained a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Christ the King Seminary in Mission BC, and in 2009, he obtained a JCL Degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 15, 1996 at St. Joseph’s Basilica by Archbishop Joseph MacNeil. He began his presbyteral ministry as Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish in St. Albert and Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Gibbons (96-97), then was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Prairies Parish in Daysland (97-99), Christ-King Parish in Stettler (99-2000), and the parishes of St. Agnes and St. Anthony, Edmonton (00-01). He was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese in 2000 and in addition he was named as Judicial Vicar in 2009. He is an Ex-Officio member of the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, the Clergy Personnel Committee, the Project Review Board and the Finance Committee in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. He has been serving as the Spiritual Director to seminarians over the past few years.

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has 126 parishes, with a Catholic population of 378,545, served by 94 diocesan priests, 84 priests who are members of religious institutes, 24 permanent deacons, 271 religious Sisters and Brothers, and 42 lay pastoral workers.

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Nomination d’un nouvel évêque auxiliaire à Edmonton

Sa Sainteté le pape Benoît XVI a nommé aujourd’hui, l’abbé Gregory Bittman, évêque auxiliaire à Edmonton, en Alberta. Il assistera l’archevêque d’Edmonton, Mgr Richard Smith, qui est aussi président de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada.

Mgr Bittman est né le 5 mars 1961, à Edmonton, en Alberta. En 1991, il a obtenu une maîtrise en théologie du Séminaire Christ the King, à Mission, en Colombie-Britannique, et, en 2009, une licence en droit canon de la Catholic University of America, à Washington, aux États-Unis. Il a été ordonné prêtre le 15 août 1996 à la Basilique St-Joseph. Il débuta son ministère presbytéral comme associé à la Paroisse Holy Family à St. Albert et Administrateur de la paroisse Sacred Heart, Gibbons (96-97). Il fut ensuite nommé curé des paroisses à Daysland (97-99), à Stettler (99-2000) et à St. Agnes | St. Anthony, Edmonton (00-01). Il fut nommé Chancelier en août 2000 et, en addition, comme vicaire judiciaire en 2009. Depuis sa nomination comme Chancelier, il est également membre ex-officio du Collège des consulteurs, du Conseil presbytéral, du Comité du personnel du clergé, du Comité d’examen des projets, du Comité des finances de l’archidiocèse. Il a de plus servi comme Directeur spirituel auprès des séminaristes au cours des dernières années.

L’archidiocèse d’Edmonton compte 126 paroisses et missions. La population de 378 545 catholiques est desservie par 94 prêtres diocésains, 84 prêtres qui sont membres d’une congrégation religieuse, 271 religieuses et frères, 24 diacres permanents et 42 agents et agentes de pastorale.