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Irénée (Rochon) of Ottawa

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Bishop Irénée Richard Rochon was born in Montreal, Canada on [[December 25]], 1948 into a large French Canadian family. He attended the English language primary and secondary schools in the Province of Quebec. His collegiate education began at the University of Ottawa, from which he receive the Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies in 1971.
His first introduction to Orthodox Christianity was through a Russian Orthodox Church in Rawdon, Quebec in 1961. On [[January 20]], 1967, he was received into the Orthodox Church by [[Archbishop]] [[Vitaly (Ustinov) of New York|Vitaly]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. While active in the [[parish]] life of St. Nicholas [[Cathedral]] in Montreal, the future [[bishop]] participated in the activities of the [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] group at McGill University.

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