Bishop Hundt Appointed Archbishop of St. John's, NL

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed Bishop Peter Hundt, Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador, as the new Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland.  He replaces Archbishop Martin W. Currie who has reached the canonical age for retirement.  Bishop Hundt has served as the Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador since April of 2011.

In a statement commenting on his appointment Bishop Hundt remarked: “I am honored to have been appointed the Archbishop of St. John’s by His Holiness Pope Francis.  I will do my best to be worthy of this appointment and of the trust that has been placed in me.”

Bishop Hundt was born in Hanover, Ontario on August 26, 1956.  He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Hamilton on May 8, 1982.  On February 11, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him an Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto and he was ordained to the Episcopacy on April 25, 2006.  On March 1, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador and his installation was celebrated there on April 13, 2011.

In a further statement, Bishop Hundt made the following remarks:

"I am honored to have been appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis as the Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland.  I will do my best to be worthy of this appointment and the trust that has been placed in me.

I have greatly enjoyed my ministry as the Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador and I am most grateful to the Priests, Sisters, Staff, Volunteers and Parishioners whose kindness and generous collaboration have been a great blessing to me.

Although I am pleased to have been appointed the Archbishop of St. John’s, I will find it hard to leave the people and ministry here that has been such an important part of my life these past seven and a half years.

It is no small task to be a Successor of the Apostles.  I have never been more aware of the honor and of the responsibility involved than during my time as the Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador.  Just as I have been gently aided by the prayers, kindness and patience of so many during my time here, so too will I be in need of the prayers, kindness, patience and support of the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of St. John’s as I begin my ministry with them."