BISHOP SERGE POITRAS
BISHOP SERGE POITRAS was born on May 27, 1949, in Jonquière, Quebec. After studies in Chicoutimi and Quebec City, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1973, for the Diocese of Chicoutimi. He holds a Master’s degree is Theology from Laval University, Quebec City, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
During the ministry as a priest, Bishop Poitras served the Cathedral parish in Chicoutimi as assistant pastor, the Chicoutimi Minor Seminary as a professor, and Pastoral Animator at the Diocesan Student Centre. From 1990 to 2000, he taught at the Grand Séminaire of Montreal,where he was a member of the formation team, as well as director of studies from 1998 to 2000. During this time, he also provided pastoral assistance in a number of Montreal parishes.
On August 21, 2000, he was appointed French-language secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature to Canada. The Holy Father subsequently named him Adjunct Under Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops on December 29, 2010.
On November 10th, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of Timmins. He was ordained Bishop December 27, 2012 at the Cathedral of Timmins by His Excellency Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa and Metropolitan, assisted by His Excellency Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada and His Excellency André Rivest, Bishop of Chicoutimi.
Bishop Poitras is:
-at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops:
-member of the Commission for Priests;
-member of the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments.
-at the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario:
-Bishop respondent for l’OPÉCO and the Franco-Ontarians Priests.
COAT OF ARMS
In the center, the monogram of Christ, with the Greek letters X (chi) and P (rho), the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek.
On white background, because Christ is the light of the World (Jn. 8:12).
At bottom left, on green background, the fleur-de-lys. Reminder of the French heritage. The faith is transmitted throughout history and came to Canada by way of France, the eldest daughter of the Church.
At bottom right, on red background, the shamrock. Reminder of the Saint Patrick, the great Irish missionary, and thus of the transmission of the faith from Ireland. Patrick is the second name of Bishop Poitras. The shamrock was also used by St. Patrick in the catechesis on the Most Holy trinity (one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
White, green and red are the colors of the theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity) as presented by St. John on the Cross.
Motto: DOMINUS IESUS CHRISTUS (Phil. 2:11).