Archbishop Donald Bolen's Appointment to the Regina Archdiocese Receives Hearty Welcome
Last Updated on September 15, 2016
Chancery office staff erupted with loud, sustained applause and cheers when newly appointed Archbishop Donald Bolen entered the staff room July 11, the day Pope Francis announced his appointment to succeed the late Daniel Bohan who died January, 2016. Archbishop Bolen moved around the room, shaking hands, hugging and greeting staff who worked with him as Vicar General prior to his Episcopate ordination and appointment as Bishop of Saskatoon. He then sat down to a welcoming ice cream cake which he divided and distributed among all those gathered.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Archbishop Bolen. He was born, raised and received his early education in the Regina Archdiocese and is a graduate of Campion College, a federated college of the University of Regina. He was ordained priest by the late Archbishop Charles Halpin on October 12, 1991 and served in a number of Regina Archdiocesan parishes prior to seven years‚Äô service with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome. His appointment was welcomed too by Anglican Bishop Robert Hardwick, Reverend Dr. John Meehan S.J. President of Campion College, Dominec Scuglia Director of Education for the Regina Catholic School Board (RCSD) and Miles Meyers, RCSD Coordinator for Religious Education.
"This is wonderful news. Archbishop Bolen has been a faithful partner in the Gospel. I look forward to working with him to advance our shared mission," said Hardwick. He noted that it was Bolen who was the architect of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Accord signed in 2011 between the faith communities.
Meehan said he was thrilled at the appointment of Archbishop Bolen. ‚ÄúBishop Don is an inspiring leader who builds bridges between faiths, between cultures and between generations. His work on interfaith dialogue and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will do much to promote reconciliation on many levels in our Archdiocese.‚Äù
‚ÄúIt is with open hearts and open arms that we welcome the announcement from Pope Francis on our incoming Archbishop Don Bolen in Regina. We anticipate many wonderful moments teaching with his support,‚Äù said Regina Catholic School Division Director of Education Domenic Scuglia and Religious Education Coordinator Miles Meyers in a joint news release. ‚ÄúWe are grateful to have such a friend to Catholic education join us and lead the Archdiocese of Regina,‚Äù said Meyers.
Archbishop Bolen‚Äôs official installation ceremony will take place October 14 in Holy Rosary Cathedral. He retains Apostolic Administrative duties with all the authority of a bishop for the Saskatoon Diocese until diocesan consulters gather to elect an administrator who will take over until Pope Francis appoints a new bishop. Reverend Lorne Crozon, who was elected Diocesan Administrator for the Regina Archdiocese following the January 2016 death of Archbishop Dan Bohan, retains his role as Archdiocesan Administrator until Archbishop Bolan‚Äôs October 14 installation.