CCCB Plenary Assembly 2017

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly on September 25th to the 29th, at the Nav Canada Centre, in Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. Salt + Light Television will broadcast events live online and on television with selected repeats throughout the day.


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Friday, September 29

6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT

Media briefing (bilingual)
Media briefing for the final day of the Plenary Assembly with the newly-elected CCCB President and Vice-President.

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Friday, September 29

Morning Mass Morning Mass presided by CCCB Co-Treasurer Archbishop Anthony Mancini

Thursday, September 28

Media Briefing English

Vespers in the Byzantine Rite Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak, O.S.B.M., Eparchial Archbishop of the Catholic Eparchy of Winnipeg and Metropolitan of Catholic Ukrainians in Canada, will preside this evening prayer according to the Ukrainian usage of the Byzantine Rite.

Wednesday, September 27

Morning Mass presided by Most Revé. Héctor Felipe Vila, Archbishop of Whitehorse

Media Briefing English

Tuesday, September 26

Solemn Mass for the Feast of Saints Jean de Bréboeuf and Isaac Jogues At Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, the Canadian Bishops will mark the Feast of Saints Jean de Bréboeuf and Isaac Jogues (Jesuit priests, companions, and martyrs). On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, they will consecrate Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Monday, September 25

Opening Mass To open the 2017 Plenary Assembly, Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the CCCB, will preside the celebration of the Eucharist.

Opening prayer and message to the Holy Father Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., will also present the CCCB President’s annual report

Address from the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
Media Briefing English

Ecumenical prayer service (bilingual) To commemorate the 5th centenary of the Protestant Reformation, Lutheran and Catholic leaders will join together for an ecumenical prayer service. It will be co-presided by the Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, and the Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

About the 2017 Plenary Assembly

The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB President, who will finish his term as President at the end of this Plenary.

Part of the 2017 plenary agenda is dedicated to a reflection on Amoris Laetitia: the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family. The guest speaker for this reflection will be His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, who is Archbishop Emeritus of Québec.

The Bishops will also take the opportunity of their annual gathering to consecrate Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The celebration also marks the 50th anniversary of Development and Peace-Caritas Canada.

Another highlight of the plenary will be the ecumenical prayer service for the commemoration of the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation.

In addition to reviewing pastoral initiatives and receiving annual reports from the Conference's national, sectoral Commissions, and Standing Committees, the Plenary Assembly will be dedicated to:

  • the election of a new CCCB President and other members of the Executive Committee and Permanent Council who will serve for the next two years
  • interreligious and ecumenical dialogue
  • persecuted Christians in the Middle East
  • human trafficking

Fr. Thomas Rosica

Francis Denis

Emilie Callan

Javier Capella

David LeRoss

Prevain Devandran