Monseigneur Luc Bouchard
Mgr. Luc Bouchard was born on November 18th, 1949 in Cornwall. While pursuing his studies at Cornwall's Classical College run by the Clercs de St. Viateur, he also pursued musical training at the Musica School run by the Soeurs de Sainte-Croix. In 1968, he earned a Grade X Pianoforte certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He then attended the University of Ottawa and the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology of Ottawa. He was ordained on September 4th, 1976.
From 1979 to 1983, Mgr. Bouchard studied Holy Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he earned his license. During this period, he also obtained a diploma from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. He has served as priest in several Cornwall parishes of the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese. He was vicar at the Co-Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1976-1979 and 1984-1986), then director in 1986 and rector in 1986-1987. He was also vicar at Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux in 1983 and priest at Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens (1987-1990) and at Sacré-Coeur, in Alexandria (1994- 1999).
Mgr. Bouchard has also taught at the Major Seminary of Montreal (1985- 1990). A member of the training team of Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton (1990-1994 and 1999), he became director in 1999-2000 then rector in 2000- 2001.
On September 8th, 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Saint Paul’s, Alberta; he received the rite of episcopal consecration on November 9th, 2001 from the hands of Mgr. Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Edmonton.
In 2008, he was one of four Canadian delegates to the Synod of Bishops in Rome on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." In 2009, he published a pastoral letter on the subject of the oil sands that attained high visibility in the media.
On February 2nd, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Mgr. Bouchard bishop of the diocese of Trois-Rivières. The inauguration of his pastoral ministry took place on March 26th, 2012 in the Cathédrale de l’Assomption in Trois-Rivières. Mgr. Bouchard is the ninth bishop of the diocese of Trois-Rivières; he succeeded Mgr. Martin Veillette.
Mgr. Bouchard speaks and writes in four languages: French, English, Spanish and Italian.