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Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Pope Francis appointed Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen as Bishop of Saskatoon on Sept. 12, 2017 - Installation will be held Nov. 23, 2017

Bishop Mark Hagemoen has been named as the eighth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. He is presently serving as bishop of the northern diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

News of the appointment by Pope Francis came from Rome on Sept. 12, 2017. The diocese of Saskatoon has been without a bishop since Oct. 14, 2016, when its former bishop, Most Rev. Donald Bolen, was installed as Archbishop of Regina. In between bishops, Very Rev. Kevin McGee has been serving as Diocesan Administrator.

The installation of Bishop Hagemoen as Bishop of Saskatoon will take place on Nov. 23, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen was born and raised in Vancouver. After completing his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of British Columbia, and a year of travel throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe, he entered St. Peter’s Seminary in London Ontario, completing his Masters of Divinity degree in 1990. He was ordained to the priesthood in Vancouver by Bishop Lawrence Sabatini on behalf of Archbishop James F. Carney in May 1990. His pastoral assignments included ten years as the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry, and several pastorships.

He completed the National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and the Diploma for Advanced Studies in Ministry in 1997. He earned a Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Western University, which he completed in 2007. In December 2007, he was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI, who recognized him as “Prelate of Honour” for his work in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Beginning in 2004, he was appointed for the Archdiocese of Vancouver to several administrative roles, including: Vicar of Pastoral Services; Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar General. He was appointed principal of St. Mark’s and president of Corpus Christi Colleges in 2011. He also served on a number of church, school, and other not-for-profit boards and committees.

On October 15, 2014, Pope Francis named him the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie -Fort Smith, to succeed Most Rev. Murray Chatlain, who had been named Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas. Bishop Hagemoen's episcopal ordination and installation took place on December 15, 2014 at Saint Patrick’s High School in Yellowknife. He currently serves on several committees of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), including: The Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council; the Northern Bishops Council.

On Sept. 12, 2017, Pope Francis named him as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon. The date of his installation has not yet been announced.

Interview with Bishop Hagemoen:

Diocesan Administrator 2016 Fr Kevin McGee

Very Rev. Kevin McGee has served as Diocesan Administrator since October 2016, leading the diocese until Pope Francis appointed a new bishop for Saskatoon. Ordained in 1997, Fr. McGee most recently served as Vicar-General in our diocese. Fr. McGee also serves as Priest Moderator of St. Augustine Parish in Saskatoon and as chaplain to Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board of education.

Pastoral Letters

Diocesan Administrator Very Rev. Kevin McGee and the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan jointly released three texts related to death, dying and pastoral care in an age of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.