His Excellency Bishop Daniel Jodoin

Mgr Daniel JodoinNinth Bishop of Bathurst

« Charity in Truth »

Birth : 02-03-1957
Priesthood : 03-10-1992
Named Bishop : 22-01-2013
Episcopate : 25-04-2013

Bishop Jodoin was born in Granby March 2nd, 1957. After attending primary school at Saint-Luc school in Granby (1962-1969), and secondary school at the Séminaire du Verbe Divin, also in Granby (1969-1974), and continuing his studies at Jean-de-Brébeuf College in Montreal (1974-1976), he attended the École des Hautes Études commeciales de L’Université de Montréal, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree (BAA, 1979), and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA, 1982). After admission exams and an internship in an accounting firm in Montreal, on November 6th, 1981, he became a member of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Québec (CA). From 1982 to 1986, Bishop Jodoin belonged to the Missionaries of the Divine Word (Missionaires du Verbe Divin), and entered St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (BTh, 1986). After a pastoral internship in various parishes in the dioceses of St-Hyacinthe and Sherbrooke, he was ordained deacon on June 5th, 1992, and priest on October 3rd, 1992 for the diocese of Sherbrooke. After studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 2000 to 2002, he obtained a licentiate in dogmatic theology with a concentration in ecclesiology. Bishop Jodoin speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish, and has knowledge of Latin and Greek.

Bishop Jodoin carried out his pastoral ministry in the following parishes of the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke:  vicar at Saint-Joseph (1992-1994); pastor at Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Saint-Anges de Ham-Nord and Saint-Fortunat (1994-2000); parochial administrator of Saint-Julien (1999-2000); parochial administrator and pastor of Saint-François-d’Assise (2002-2009); pastor of Très-Saint-Sacrement (2005-2006), Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption (2005-2008), Sainte-Famille (2005-2009), and of Saint-Philémon (2009). Following the merging of several parishes, Bishop Jodoin became pastor of a new parish, Bon-Pasteur, on January 1st, 2010. Since 2009, he has been head of the Office for the Clergy of his diocese, and coordinator of the Pastoral region of Sherbrooke. In June 2012, he was named Rector of the Grand Séminaire des Saints-Apôtres of the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke.

On January 22nd, 2013, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Daniel Jodoin Bishop of the diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick. His Episcopal ordination took place on April 25th, 2013, feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist, in Bathurst’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Azur surrounding a tau or cross of St. Anthony, dextral (right) a star, and sinistral (left) a fleur-de-lys, all in gold, in cross-form two waved fasces in gold. 

Blue is the colour of the Virgin Mary, and Our Lady of the Assumption is the patron of the diocese of Bathurst. This colour is also present in the blazon of the city and archdiocese of Sherbrooke, where Bishop Jodoin  was Pastor before his nomination as Bishop of Bathurst. Blue can also be found in the coat of arms of the city of Bathurst.

The tau, or cross of St. Anthony, takes the form of the Greek letter tau, the best-known Franciscan symbol. It was often used by St. Francis of Assisi, most notably for signing letters. Pope Innocent III used the tau during the opening of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) as a symbol of penitence. The spirituality of Francis is also that of Bishop Jodoin.

The star is the best-known Marian symbol, Mary Star of the Sea—Stella Maris—and also one of the principal Acadian symbols, adopted in 1884.

The Fleur-de-lys, symbol of pre-revolutionary France and preset in the coat-of-arms of the Kings of France, can also be found on the arms of the province of Québec, the place of origin of Bishop Jodoin, as well as in the arms of the of province of New Brunswick. The fleur-de-lys is also found on the coat-of-arms of the cities of Bathurst and Grandy, Que., place of birth of Bishop Jodoin. The fleur-de-lys also represents St. John, and the Church at the foot of the Cross, accompanied by Mary, mother of the Church, symbolized by the star (Jn 19:25).

The waved fasces on the bottom of the shield refer to the Yamaska River that runs through Granby, the Nepisiguit River in Bathurst, and the Chaleur Bay on which the city built. A heraldic river can also be found on the coat-ofarms of the city of Sherbrooke, as well as those of the city and diocese of Bathurst, as well as New Brunswick. The water evoked also refers to baptism. 

The motto Caritas in veritate (Charity in Truth) comes from the first words of the last encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, who elevated Bishop Jodoin to the fullness of priesthood.

Robert Pichette, Heraldic authority of Canada,
International Academy of Heraldry