Welcome to our site
The Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada is a diocese of massive dimensions: it extends not only in our country from sea to sea but also throughout the world, indeed wherever Canadian Armed Forces personnel are deployed in peacekeeping or peacemaking operations. This website is therefore a concrete and innovative response to this unique pastoral reality: it seek to act as a new tool and social medium that will make distance inconsequential, helping to bring the people of God and all seekers together by the mere touch of a button.
As the Bishop of this diocese, I would like to encourage all those who may wish to reach us in order to seek and/or share information to use this website. Whatever the reason, it is my hope that all interaction through this website will bring new life and creativity to our diocese in matters of life, faith and outreach to friends in Christ.
Bishop McCraig: 1st military baptisms!
Bishop McCaig recently celebrated his first episcopal and first military baptisms! On 12 June, on the decks of HMCS MONTREAL, he welcomed Aubrey Leroux and Jackson Francis into the Catholic Church. Bishop McCaig enjoyed his experience and the sailors and families were delighted to have their bishop aboard. Padres Francesca Scorsone and Tim Parker were pleased to assist.
Ordination of new Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
The ordination of the Most Reverend Scott McCaig, C.C., as Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada has taken place on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at Notre-Dame Cathedral-Basilica of Ottawa. The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, has presided as the principal ordaining Bishop, along with the Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa, and the Most Reverend Donald J. Thériault, Bishop Emeritus of the Military Ordinariate of Canada, as co-consecrators. The Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio, was also present.
Military Ordinariate of Canada has a new bishop
In accordance with Canon 401 2, His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of our bishop the Most Reverend Donald J. Thériault as the Military Ordinary of Canada and has appointed today as his successor the Most Reverend Scott McCaig. At the time of his appointment, our Bishop-elect was the General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. Bishop Thériault has been the Military Ordinary for the past 18 years.
For further information on the election of Bishop-elect Scott McCaig, click here to read the CCCB's news release.
Other resources of introduction on Bishop-elect Scott McCaig can be found at the following links:
Bishop's Message for Holy Week & Easter
** this message is written bilingually **
With the beginning of Holy Week, we enter into the most profound and significant mystery of our faith, celebrating in our own communities Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in order to accomplish the Father’s will to save humanity through his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Je vous assure de ma solidarité dans le Seigneur et union de prière durant cette Semaine Sainte, espérant que votre expérience du Carême vous aura préparé et renouvelé pour accueillir toutes les grâces et de bénédiction de Pâques. Je vous garde donc dans ma pensé et dans ma prière en ce temps sacré, spécialement durant les célébrations liturgiques évoquantes et parlantes de la Semaine Sainte.
I also invite you to pray for me, for my successor and for all those who presently are discerning the will of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit in determining the person who will best minister to you, the chaplains, and to become one in the Lord with all our diocesan members, both military and civilians, men, women and children, of all ages.
With a spirit of serenity, and Easter joy, I wish all of you a very “Happy Easter”.
Yours in Christ,
†Donald J. Thériault
RC Military Ordinary of Canada
Ottawa Chapel highlights the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Deacon (Lieutenant (Navy)) Gleb Pistruga, Chapel Life Coordinator (RC), and Deacon (LCol) André Gauthier, Command Chaplain of the Canada Joint Operations Command, standing by the newly installed banner marking the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Our Lady of the Airways Principal Chapel of Ottawa.