Irénée (Rochon) of Quebec City

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Archimandrite '''Irénée (Rochon)''' is the bishop-elect of Québec City, as auxiliary bishop in the [[Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)]].
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[[Archimandrite]] '''Irenee (Rochon)''' is the [[bishop]]-elect of Quebec City, an [[auxiliary bishop]] to His Eminence Archbishop [[Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa]] and Canada of the [[Orthodox Church in America]].  
  
==Biographical timeline==
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==Life==
*1948 Dec 25: Born in a large French Canadian family in Montreal.
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Archimandrite Irenee was born in Montreal, Canada on [[December 25]], 1948 into a large French Canadian family. He attended the English language primary and secondary schools in the Province of Quebec. His collegiate education began at the University of Ottawa, from which he receive the Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies in 1971.
:Primary and Secondary schooling was both done in English school system.
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*1961: Had first contact with Russian Orthodox Church in Rawdon, Quebec.
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His first introduction to Orthodox Christianity was through a Russian Orthodox Church in Rawdon, Quebec in 1961. On [[January 20]], 1967, he was received into the Orthodox Church by [[Archbishop]] [[Vitaly (Ustinov) of New York|Vitaly]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. While active in the [[parish]] life of St. Nicholas [[Cathedral]] in Montreal, the future [[archimandrite]] participated in the activities of the [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] group at McGill University.  
*1967 Jan 20: Received into the Church by Abp Vitaly (ROCOR). Participated in parish life at St Nicholas Cathedral, Montreal.
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:Participated in activities of McGill University OCF.
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After receiving his degree from the University of Ottawa, he began studies at [[Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Cross Seminary]] at Jordanville, New York. At the same time he joined the [[Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Cross Monastery]] at Jordanville with the blessing of Abp. Averky, who accepted him as a [[novice]] and placed him under the spiritual guidance of Archimandrite Kiprian. In March 1974, he was [[tonsure]]d a Rassophore [[monk]] by Abp. Averky. In March 1975, he was tonsured a Stavrophore monk by Bp. [[Laurus]], receiving the name of Hieromartyr Irenee of Lyons. He entered into the [[minor clergy]] with his being tonsured a reader and then sub-deacon by Bp. Laurus.  
*1971: Completed Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies at University of Ottawa.
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:Subsequently joined Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, and studied at Holy Trinity Seminary.
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In February 1978, he was blessed by the [[abbot]] of Holy Cross Monastery, Bp.Laurus, to serve in Franch language parishes in France. On [[May 19]], 1878, monk Irenee was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] in Brussels, Belgium. Then, on [[August 20]], 1978, Dn. Irenee was ordained to the [[]priest]]hood by Abp. Antony of Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland. He continued to serve in France until 1982, when he returned to Canada to serve in the French mission in Montreal. In 1986, after [[Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa|Seraphim]] was [[consecration of a bishop}consecrated]] an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America, Hieromonk Irenee and Hierodeacon Marc (Pierre) were received into the OCA with the French mission.  
:Blessed as a novice by Abp Averky.  Under spiritual direction of Archim. Kiprian.
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*1974 Mar: Tonsured Rassophore Monk by Abp Averky.
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In 1992, Hmk. Irenee was elevated to Higoumène (Hegumen) by Bp. Seraphim, now Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, to care for the French language monastics in Quebec. In 1993, he was assigned priest of the parish of St. Benoit, a French language parish in Montreal. Additionally, he was assigned the added duties as supply priest to the parishes in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City. In 1996, Hegumen Irenee was assigned administrator of St. Seraphim's Russian Orthodox parish and the Russian Cemetery in Rawdon, Quebec, an assignment that he continued until 2007.  
*1975 Mar: Tonsured Stavrophore Monk by Bp Laurus, receiving the name of Hieromartyr Irenee of Lyons.
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:Was subsequently tonsured Reader and Sub-deacon by Bp Laurus to assist Abp Averky serve.
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In December 2008, Hegumen Irenee retired from his full-time secular employment at a hospital in Montreal. On [[April 2]], 2009, the [[Holy Synod]] of the OCA elevated Hegumen Irenee to the dignity of archimandrite and elected him to be an auxiliary bishop for Abp. Seraphim with the title of Bishop of Quebec City.
*1978 Feb: Blessed by Bp Laurus (now abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery) to serve in the Francophone parishes in France.
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*1978 May 19: Ordained to the diaconate in Brussels, Belgium.
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[[Category: Bishops]]
*1978 Aug 20: Ordained to the priesthood in Geneva, Switzerland, by Abp Antony of Geneva.
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*~1982: Returned to serve the French Mission in Montreal.
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*1986: French Mission (led by Hmk Irenee and Hdcn Marc (Pierre)) was received into the OCA soon after the consecration of Seraphim (Storheim) as auxiliary bishop for the OCA Archdiocese of Canada.
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*1992: Elevated to Higoumène by Bp Seraphim to care for the Francophone monastics in Quebec.
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*1993: Assigned parish priest of St Benoît, a Francophone parish in Montreal.
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:Also served as supply priest in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City.
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*1996: Assigned Administrator of the Russian Cemetry and St Seraphim's Russian Orthodox parish in Rawdon, Quebec.  Completed this until 2007.
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*2008 Dec: Retired from his full-time secular employment in a Montreal hospital.
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*2009 Apr 2: Holy Synod of the OCA elevated Higoumène Irenee to Archimandrite, electing him to be auxiliary bishop for Abp Seraphim, with the title of Bishop of Quebec City.
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Archimandrite Irenee (Rochon) is the bishop-elect of Quebec City, an auxiliary bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa and Canada of the Orthodox Church in America.

Life

Archimandrite Irenee was born in Montreal, Canada on December 25, 1948 into a large French Canadian family. He attended the English language primary and secondary schools in the Province of Quebec. His collegiate education began at the University of Ottawa, from which he receive the Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies in 1971.

His first introduction to Orthodox Christianity was through a Russian Orthodox Church in Rawdon, Quebec in 1961. On January 20, 1967, he was received into the Orthodox Church by Archbishop Vitaly of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. While active in the parish life of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Montreal, the future archimandrite participated in the activities of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship group at McGill University.

After receiving his degree from the University of Ottawa, he began studies at Holy Cross Seminary at Jordanville, New York. At the same time he joined the Holy Cross Monastery at Jordanville with the blessing of Abp. Averky, who accepted him as a novice and placed him under the spiritual guidance of Archimandrite Kiprian. In March 1974, he was tonsured a Rassophore monk by Abp. Averky. In March 1975, he was tonsured a Stavrophore monk by Bp. Laurus, receiving the name of Hieromartyr Irenee of Lyons. He entered into the minor clergy with his being tonsured a reader and then sub-deacon by Bp. Laurus.

In February 1978, he was blessed by the abbot of Holy Cross Monastery, Bp.Laurus, to serve in Franch language parishes in France. On May 19, 1878, monk Irenee was ordained a deacon in Brussels, Belgium. Then, on August 20, 1978, Dn. Irenee was ordained to the [[]priest]]hood by Abp. Antony of Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland. He continued to serve in France until 1982, when he returned to Canada to serve in the French mission in Montreal. In 1986, after Seraphim was [[consecration of a bishop}consecrated]] an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America, Hieromonk Irenee and Hierodeacon Marc (Pierre) were received into the OCA with the French mission.

In 1992, Hmk. Irenee was elevated to Higoumène (Hegumen) by Bp. Seraphim, now Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, to care for the French language monastics in Quebec. In 1993, he was assigned priest of the parish of St. Benoit, a French language parish in Montreal. Additionally, he was assigned the added duties as supply priest to the parishes in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City. In 1996, Hegumen Irenee was assigned administrator of St. Seraphim's Russian Orthodox parish and the Russian Cemetery in Rawdon, Quebec, an assignment that he continued until 2007.

In December 2008, Hegumen Irenee retired from his full-time secular employment at a hospital in Montreal. On April 2, 2009, the Holy Synod of the OCA elevated Hegumen Irenee to the dignity of archimandrite and elected him to be an auxiliary bishop for Abp. Seraphim with the title of Bishop of Quebec City.

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