Bishop visits area schools

by Lucie Roy

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Paul was in Legal and Morinville Monday. Most Reverend Paul Terrio visited Legal School and Morinville’s Ecole Notre Dame Elementary School before dining with Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools board.

During his Pastoral visit, the Bishop spoke of the symbols of his office, including the silver pectoral cross and ring. Other regalia explained to students included the mitre (a traditional ceremonial headdress) and the pastoral staff, which has a top shaped like a shepherd’s crook. The pastoral staff symbolizes the role of the bishop as the good shepherd.

Of the four Roman Catholic Diocese of Alberta, Saint Paul represents a Catholic population of 105,000 Catholics. The Diocese has 21 parishes, and Bishop Terrio said the Diocese is in need of more priests.

Terrio took over the Diocese of St. Paul in December 2012. He has been a priest for more than 40 years, having also served in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. He was appointed Bishop in October 2012 and ordained in December of that year.