Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador Welcomes a New Bishop

Pope Francis appoints Rev. Bart van Roijen Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador

It is with great joy that the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador received the official announcement earlier today that Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Bart van Roijen, a priest of the Diocese of Nelson, British Columbia, the Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador.

Bishop-elect Bart van Roijen was born in Diemen, The Netherlands, on August 4, 1965.  With his family, he immigrated to Canada in the Spring of 1973.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatechewan in 1986 and a Masters of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London in 1989.  He took Teacher Training at the University of Calgary from 1990 to 1992 and was the Diocesan Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Gravelbourg from 1992 to 1995.

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Nelson on April 25th 1997 and has served in pastoral ministry in a number of the parishes of that diocese.  Presently he is the Pastor of St Charles Garnier Parish in Kelowna and is the Director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, the Diocesan Vocation Director and the Vicar General of that Diocese.

His episcopal ordination and installation as Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook on Thursday December 12th 2019.

We join with Archbishop Peter Hundt, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, in welcoming Bishop-elect Bart van Roijen to Newfoundland and to the Diocese of Corner Brook, and we join with him in making the Bishop-elect welcome and in praying for God’s blessings upon him and his ministry as the Successor of the Apostles in this diocese.