January 12, 2000
volume 11, no. 8

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    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

144.   Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte
    One might take Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte out of Montreal but no one can take Montreal out of him for he was born in this cosmopolitan metropolis on June 26, 1936 and attended seminary in Montreal before being ordained on May 24, 1959. He was assigned by his bishop to various parishes in and around Montreal until 1965 when he was appointed Diocesan Chaplain of the Movement of Christian Workers, a post he held until 1967 when he expanded to working with seminarians and the clergy until 1974. That year he was named Director of the Office of Parochial Pastoral for the Archdiocese of Montreal. Seven years later on September 25, 1981 he became Vicar General of the See and General Coordinator of Pastoral Services.

    On April 14, 1982 Pope John Paul II named him Titular Bishop of Suas and Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal and he was ordained and installed on June 29, 1982. On March 17, 1990 he was installed as Archbishop of Montreal, a position he still holds. Four years later the Holy Father honored him by including him in the list of new cardinals in his Consistory of November 26, 1994. Cardinal Turcotte received the titular church of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Canadian Martyrs in Montreal. In addition to his duties as shepherd of Canada's most populated see, he also serves curial membership in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He resides at 1071 rue de la Cathedrale, P.Q. H2B 2V4 in Montreal, Canada.


January 12, 2000
volume 10, no. 8

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