Jean-Claude Turcotte

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Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte (born June 26, 1936 in Montréal , Canada ; † April 8, 2015 there ) was Archbishop of Montréal .


Jean-Claude Turcotte received a humanistic education and studied Catholic theology and philosophy in Montréal . He was ordained a priest on May 24, 1959 by the Bishop of Prince Albert , Laurent Morin , for the Archdiocese of Montreal. He then worked for two years as a vicar in Montréal, before he worked from 1961 to 1964 as an auxiliary chaplain for the Christian youth workers in his home diocese.

In 1964 and 1965 he studied social work in Lille and then became the leading diocesan chaplain for the Christian working-class youth of the Archdiocese of Montréal. From 1967 to 1974 he performed various tasks in the personnel department, where he was particularly busy with questions relating to candidates for priesthood and training for priests. He then worked for seven years as director of the pastoral care department of his diocese. In 1981 Paul Grégoire , the Archbishop of Montréal, appointed him Vicar General .

Pope John Paul II appointed him titular bishop of Suas and auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Montréal on April 14, 1982 . The episcopal ordination received his Archbishop Grégoire on 29 June of the same year. Co-consecrators were the auxiliary bishops Adrien André Maria Cimichella OSM and Leonard James Crowley .

On March 17, 1990, Jean-Claude Turcotte became the new Archbishop of Montréal with Cardinal Grégoire's resignation.

Pope John Paul II accepted Turcotte on November 26, 1994 as a cardinal priest with the titular church Nostra Signora del Santissimo Sacramento e dei Santi Martiri Canadesi in the college of cardinals . From 1997 to 1999 he was President of the Canadian Bishops' Conference .

Cardinal Turcotte attended the 2005 conclave in which Benedict XVI. was chosen to participate. On March 20, 2012, Benedict XVI. Jean-Claude Turcotte's resignation due to reasons of age. After the resignation of Benedict XVI. he participated in the 2013 conclave , in which Pope Francis was elected. Already at this time his health deteriorated noticeably, so that in 2014 he moved to Marie-Clarac Hospital . There he died on April 8, 2015 of complications from diabetes.


Memberships in committees of the Roman Curia

Jean-Claude Turcotte was a member of the following congregations and councils of the Roman Curia :

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rinuncia dell'Arcivescovo Metropolita di Montréal (Canada) e Nomina del Successore. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, March 20, 2012, accessed April 8, 2015 (Italian).
  2. ^ Tracey Lindeman: Jean-Claude Turcotte, Montreal archbishop emeritus, dies. CBC News, April 8, 2015, accessed April 8, 2015 .
  3. Longtime Montreal archbishop, Jean-Claude Turcotte, dead at, April 8, 2015, accessed on April 8, 2015 (English).
  4. ^ Conferme nella Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, accessed April 8, 2015 (Italian).
  5. ^ Nomina di Membri della Congregazione per l'Evangelizzazione dei Popoli. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, May 9, 2009, accessed April 8, 2015 (Italian).
predecessor Office successor
Paul Cardinal Grégoire Archbishop of Montréal
Christian Lépine
Francis John Spence Chairman of the Canadian Bishops' Conference (CECC)
Gerald William Wiesner