Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB; French: Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada) is the national assembly of the bishops of the Catholic Church in Canada. It was founded in 1943, and was officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. Since the Second Vatican Council, it became part of a worldwide network of episcopal conferences, established in 1965. Until 1977, it was called the Canadian Catholic Conference, when the present name was adopted.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Legal statusCivil nonprofit
PurposeTo support the ministry of bishops
Region served
Active and retired Catholic bishops of Canada
Raymond Poisson
Vice President
William McGrattan
Main organ
Parent organization
Holy See

According to its statutes, together the bishops exercise certain pastoral functions for Catholics in Canada, respecting the autonomy of each bishop in the service of his particular church.

Through the work of its members, the conference is involved in matters of national and international scope in areas such as ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, social justice, aid to developing countries, the protection of human life, liturgy and Christian education. It also provides the bishops with a forum where they can share their experience and insight on the life of the church and the major events that shape society.

The members of the conference include all diocesan bishops in Canada and those equivalent to them in law, all coadjutor bishops, and auxiliary bishops. Also included in the conference are titular bishops of any rite within the Catholic Church who exercise in the territory a special office assigned to them by the Apostolic See or by the conference.

General secretariatEdit

To assist them in their pastoral work, the bishops have established a permanent bilingual secretariat in Ottawa, which includes various offices and services.

In the Ottawa offices of the CCCB, a staff of about 20 people, laypersons, priests and religious, are at the service of the bishops.

The secretariat assists in coordinating activities and information, and in maintaining contacts with the Holy See and other Episcopal conferences, as well as with churches, ecclesial communities, faith groups and government authorities at the national and international levels. It also works in collaboration with the four regional Episcopal assemblies in Canada.

Episcopal commissions and Aboriginal CouncilEdit

Episcopal commissions and one council are at the service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Each commission specializes in one pastoral area, to guide and support the bishops in their ministry. Driven by the work and expertise of four bishops and one secretary (consultants and observers can also join the groups), each commission studies current events, analyses the needs for the Church in Canada, and organizes projects aimed at supporting Christian communities.

Six of the commissions are national – formed by bishops equally distributed between the French and English sectors – while the five others are named "sectoral" because they are divided depending on the language of the member bishops. Three of those commissions are from the English sector, while two originate from the French sector.

The Catholic Aboriginal Council encourages Aboriginal leadership in the Christian community. CCCB Publications is the official publishing arm of the Canadian bishops.

Indigenous Reconciliation FundEdit

In February 2022, the Canadian Bishops announced the establishment of an Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, which will accept contributions from the 73 dioceses across the country.

The announcement follows the organization's $30 million financial pledge to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors, their families, and communities.[1]

Rosella Kinoshameg, an elder of Ontario’s Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation, will be one of three Indigenous directors of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. She said in February 2022 that the fund represented a chance to forge new relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Canadians.[2]

List of presidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lisa Zengarini (February 1, 2022). "Canadian Bishops establish Indigenous Reconciliation Fund". Vatican News. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  2. ^ Michael Swan (February 2, 2022). "Indigenous fund helps push healing forward". The Catholic Register. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  3. ^ "Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (C.C.C.B.)".

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