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Irénée (Rochon) of Ottawa

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{{orthodoxyinamerica}}His Grace, [[orthodoxyinamericaBishop]]Archimandrite '''Irénée (Rochon)''' of Ottawa, is the ruling [[bishop-elect ]] of Québec City, as auxiliary bishop in the [[Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)]] in the [[Orthodox Church in America]].
==Biographical timelineLife==*Richard Rochon was born in Montreal, Canada on [[December 25]], 1948 Dec 25: Born in into a large French Canadian family . He attended the English language primary and secondary schools in Montrealthe Province of Quebec.:Primary and Secondary schooling was both done His collegiate education began at the University of Ottawa, from which he receive the Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies in English school system1971.*1961: Had His first contact with introduction to Orthodox Christianity was through a Russian Orthodox Church in Rawdon, Quebecin 1961.*On [[January 20]], 1967 Jan 20: Received , he was received into the Orthodox Church by Abp [[Archbishop]] [[Vitaly (ROCORUstinov)of New York|Vitaly]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. Participated While active in the [[parish ]] life at of St . Nicholas [[Cathedral]] in Montreal, Montreal.:Participated the future [[bishop]] participated in the activities of the [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] group at McGill University OCF.*1971: Completed Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies at After receiving his degree from the University of Ottawa, he began studies at [[Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Trinity Seminary]] at Jordanville, New York.:Subsequently At the same time he joined the [[Holy Trinity Monastery in (Jordanville, NY, and studied at New York)|Holy Trinity SeminaryMonastery]] at Jordanville with the blessing of Abp.:Blessed Averky, who accepted him as a [[novice by Abp Averky. Under ]] and placed him under the spiritual direction guidance of Archim. Archimandrite Kiprian.*In March 1974 Mar: Tonsured , he was [[tonsure]]d a Rassophore Monk [[monk]] by Abp . Averky.*In March 1975 Mar: Tonsured , he was tonsured a Stavrophore Monk monk by Bp . [[Laurus(Skurla) of New York|Laurus]], receiving the name of Hieromartyr [[Irenaeus of Lyons|Irenee of Lyons]].:Was subsequently He entered into the [[minor orders]] with his being tonsured Reader a reader and Subthen sub-deacon by Bp . Laurus to assist Abp Averky serve.*In February 1978 Feb: Blessed , he was blessed by Bp Laurus (now the [[abbot ]] of Holy Trinity Cross Monastery) , Bp. Laurus, to serve in the Francophone Franch language parishes in France.*1978 On [[May 19: Ordained to the diaconate ]], 1878, monk Irenee was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] in Brussels, Belgium.*Then, on [[August 20]], 1978 Aug 20: Ordained , Dn. Irenee was ordained to the priesthood in Geneva, Switzerland, [[priest]]hood by Abp . Antony of Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland.*~He continued to serve in France until 1982: Returned , when he returned to Canada to serve in the French Mission mission in Montreal.*In 1986: French Mission , after [[Seraphim (led by Hmk Irenee and Hdcn Marc (Pierre)Storheim) of Ottawa|Seraphim]] was received into the OCA soon after the [[consecration of Seraphim (Storheim) as a bishop|consecrated]] an auxiliary bishop for the OCA Archdiocese of Canadaof the Orthodox Church in America, Hieromonk Irénée and Hierodeacon [[Marc (Pierre)]] were received into the OCA with the French mission.*In 1992: Elevated , Hmk. Irénée was elevated to Higoumène [[Hegumen]] by Bp . Seraphim , now Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, to care for the Francophone French language monastics in Quebec.*In 1993: Assigned , he was assigned priest of the parish priest of St Benoît. Benoit, a Francophone French language parish in Montreal.:Also served Additionally, he was assigned the added duties as supply priest to the parishes in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City.*In 1996: Assigned Administrator , Hegumen Irénée was assigned administrator of the Russian Cemetry and St . Seraphim's Russian Orthodox parish and the Russian Cemetery in Rawdon, Quebec. Completed this , an assignment that he continued until 2007.*In December 2008 Dec: Retired , Hegumen Irénée retired from his full-time secular employment at a hospital in a Montreal hospital.*On [[April 2]], 2009 Apr 2: , the [[Holy Synod ]] of the OCA elevated Higoumène Hegumen Irenee to Archimandrite, electing the dignity of archimandrite and elected him to be an auxiliary bishop for Abp . Seraphim, with the title of Bishop of Quebec City. On [[October 1]], 2009, ten bishops,<ref group="note">The following were the consecrating hierarchs:<br>* Metropolitan Jonah; * Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; * Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada; * Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphiaand Eastern Pennsylvania; * Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West; * Bishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania; * Metropolitan Sotirios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto;* Bishop Job of Kashira, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in Canada and Acting Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA; * Bishop Alexander of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York; and * Bishop Meletius of Khotyn, Auxiliary Bishop of the Church of Ukraine’s Diocese of Chernivtsi.</ref><ref>''[ The Orthodox Church: A Quarterly Publication of the Orthodox Church in America].'' Volume 45 / Number 4, Winter 2009/2010. pp,2,28.</ref> led by Metropolitan [[Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington|Jonah]], participated in the episcopal consecration of Archimandrite Irénée at Annunciation Cathedral.  On [[October 1]], 2010, he was appointed Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada, due to Archbishop Seraphim's trial. Subsequent to Abp Seraphim's retirement in 2014, Bp Irénée was nominated by the extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly to fill the vacant see of Ottawa and Canada on [[October 2]], 2014, and he was canonically elected by the Holy Synod on [[October 21]], 2014. {{start box}}{{succession|title=Bishop of Quebec City<br>([[OCA]])|before= &mdash; |years=2009-2014|after=&mdash;}}{{succession|title=Bishop of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Canada<br>([[OCA]])|before= [[Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa|Abp Seraphim]] |years=2014-present|after=&mdash;}}{{end box}} ==Notes==<references group="note" /> ==References== <div><references/></div>* [ Archdiocesan Assembly nominates Bishop Irénée for vacant Canadian See]* [ Holy Synod elects nominees for vacant Sees, Auxiliary Bishop] [[Category:Bishops]][[Category:21st-century bishops]][[Category:Bishops of Quebec]][[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity|Rochon]][[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity from Roman Catholicism|Rochon]]
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