Press Release, November 8 2006 - For Immediate Release


Ottawa, Ontario

The Most Reverend Marcel Gervais, Archbishop of Ottawa, regrets to inform you of the death of Msgr. Roger Morin, P.A.

Msgr. Roger Morin died this morning, November 8, 2006, at 8:45, at the Heart Institute of the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus. He was 84 years old.

Born December 6, 1922 in Aylmer, Québec, he was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Ottawa by Archbishop Vachon, on February 2, 1949.

Msgr. Morin was a very active member of the Church of Ottawa. Here are a few highlights of his ministry in the diocese. After a few years as a parochial vicar and teacher at the Ottawa Seminary, he studied Canon Law in Rome from 1952 to 1954. Back in Ottawa, he was assigned as an Advocate and Procurator to the Ottawa Regional Tribunal from 1954 to 1959 and Chancellor for the same Tribunal from 1959 to 1967. He then became Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Ottawa from September 1967 to December 2001. He was also Episcopal Vicar for the Religious Communities from September 1981 to June 2001 and Vicar General from November 1991 to December 2001. He was Chaplain to the Franciscan Sisters of Mary for many years as well as the the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Precious Blood Sisters.

He was appointed as Titular Canon and Secretary of the Metropolitan Chapter of Canon of Ottawa on December 30, 1975. He received the ecclesiastical dignity of Prelate of Honor from his Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 30, 1976, and Protonotary Apostolic from his Holiness Pope John-Paul II on January 24, 1987.

He was a Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Order of Malta, since June 24, 1988, and decorated with the Cross Pro Piis Meritis.

Msgr. Morin was honorary chaplain of Rideau Hall since 1967. He was also the recipient of many civic and military decorations.

Visitation will be at the Coopérative Funéraire de lOutaouais, Hull, 95, Cité des Jeunes Boulevard, on Friday November 10, 2006, from 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. and from 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Solemn Translation to Notre-Dame Cathedral (Sussex Drive, corner St. Patrick Street) on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. Family members will receive condolences in the Cathedral until the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Archbishop Marcel Gervais presiding. Donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated.

Source: Gilles Ouellette, Director of Communications        738-5025 ext. 238