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A new song for Gatineau

November 30, 2011
Saint-Joseph Cathedral in Gatineau, Quebec will be filled with song this evening. One of the best voices in the cathedral happens to be the community's newest member: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher. Tonight Durocher will be installed as the fourth bishop of Gatineau, which was established as a diocese in 1963 and elevated to an archdiocese in 1990.
As an accomplished young operatic singer, Durocher once met Queen Elizabeth as a soloist on Parliament Hill. He would soon discover that he was more passionate about singing the praises of God — first as a Catholic priest, and then as a bishop. His episcopal motto, "Canta et Ambula", borrowed from St. Augustine of Hippo, describes Durocher well: "Sing and Walk".
The bilingual prelate now crosses the border from the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall in Ontario to his new home in Gatineau. As he prepared for his new post, Archbishop Durocher spoke with Witness host Fr. Thomas Rosica about the challenges and opportunities facing Catholic education and the Church in Quebec.