Nearly 50,000 Roman Catholics in northern B.C. have a new leader, and he's from Vancouver.
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that Rev. Msgr.
Stephen Jensen is replacing Bishop Gerald Wiesner who has held the post
in the Diocese of Prince George for the last 19 years.
The organization says Wiesner offered his resignation as required by church law when reaching the age of 75.
to the conference, Jensen was born in North Vancouver, B.C., educated
in Ontario, served as a pastor in Vancouver and Abbotsford, held a
position on a catholic school board, and received a doctorate in
education in San Francisco, Calif.
The Diocese of Prince George
spans about 346,000 square kilometres and covers the area between Prince
George in central B.C., the Alberta border to the east, the Yukon
border to the north and Haida Gwaii to the west.
Church officials say the Catholic population of the diocese is about 49,500 and includes 37 parishes and missions.