The ordination of  Reverend Gregory Bittman as the first Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton is an historic occasion as we approach our Jubilee Year celebrating our 100th anniversary as an archdiocese. The ceremony will mark the first time a bishop is ordained at St. Joseph's Basilica for service to the Archdiocese of Edmonton1

You can watch the ordination from home by visiting our Live Webcast page on Monday, September 3. The webcast will begin around 6:45 p.m., with the formal program starting at 7 p.m.

Father Bittman was appointed by Pope Benedict on July 14, 2012, as the first Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton.

Bishop-elect Bittman was born and raised in Edmonton and ordained a priest in 1996. Since 2000, he has served as Chancellor, overseeing the work of the Pastoral and Administration Offices of the Archdiocese. In his new role he will assist Archbishop Richard Smith, who currently serves as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a variety of ways. For example, the auxiliary bishop will be empowered to ordain men to the priesthood and to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation, and he will act for the Archbishop in his absence.

Bishop-elect Bittman will be ordained to the episcopate by Archbishop Smith, assisted by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil and Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto and former Archbishop of Edmonton.  Archbishop Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, will also take part in the celebration.

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1 Wilfrid Emmett Doyle, a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton who was appointed Bishop of Nelson, B.C., was ordained to the episcopate at  St. Joseph's Cathedral (later Basilica) on December 3, 1958.