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Bishop Albert LeGatt

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  • October 2008 - 'Rooted in Christ' Vision for the Diocese of Saskaton English / français
  • July 10, 2008 - Dr. Morgentaler Letter English / français
  • April 17, 2008 - Earth Day Letter English / français
  • January 26, 2005 - Bishop LeGatt Letter on Sacramental Sharing English
  • August 29, 2002 - On children with certain disabilities English
  • October 22, 2002 - Bishop's Letter in Support of Farmers English

About our former bishop, Most Rev. Albert LeGatt

Albert LeGatt Sixth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, 2001-2009

Albert LeGatt was born on May 6, 1953 in Melfort, SK to Joseph and Emma LeGatt. His early schooling was at St. Brieux (1959-1967) and at Le Collège Notre Dame, St. Louis, SK (1967-1971). He studied at Le Collège de St. Boniface (University of Manitoba) obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (with majors in Philosophy and French) in 1974. For the next three years he served as a CUSO (Canadian University Services Overseas) volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, teaching French in a secondary school. He entered Le Grand Seminaire de Québec in 1977, pursuing studies in theology at L’Université de Laval.

LeGatt was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1983 by Bishop Blaise Morand in St. Brieux, SK. He served as assistant pastor, then pastor, in a number of parishes in Prince Albert Diocese (1983-2000). He pursued studies in Pastoral Liturgy at the University Notre Dame, Southbend, Indiana (2000-2001). He was involved in the Diocese of Prince Albert as co-ordinator of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Director of Vocations and Consultor.

LeGatt was named Bishop of Saskatoon on July 26, 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He was ordained and installed by Bishop Blaise Morand on October 5, 2001 in St. Patrick’s Church, Saskatoon. He served on the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Catholic Aboriginal Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

On July 3, 2009 he was appointed Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface, installed on September 21, 2009 at the Cathedral of Saint-Boniface.

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms for Most Reverend Albert Francois LeGatt, Bishop of Saskatoon

Symbolism

The Color Green

This reflects newness of life, growth, hope and so represents the life of the People of God, as well as the fields and forests of Saskatchewan.

Ermine

This is the coat of arms of Brittany, the home of his ancestors. This represents the heritage of Christian faith and Breton culture passed on through the centuries.

The Sheaf of Wheat

This element highlights Christ’s teaching: “Unless a grain of wheat dies, it remains only a single grain, but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest” (Jn 12,24). It also highlights the Church’s Eucharist wherein the scattered grains are brought together and made one bread to be shared that the Church itself might be brought together from the ends of the earth into the Kingdom. It also represents the province of Saskatchewan and Bishop LeGatt’s early farm background.

Swords

The sword is the symbol of St. Paul, patron of the Diocese of Saskatoon. It reflects the living faith of its people in their own witness to Christ.

Dove

This is the symbol of the Holy Spirit, true source of the Church’s unity in its faith, hope and love (Eph 4, 2-6)

Motto

Ut Unum Sint, “That They May Be One” (Jn17,22). This highlights the prayer of Christ and the ministry of the Bishop called to be servant and presider of the churh’s unity in Christ.

The hat with six tassels

The hat with six tassels on either side and the cross are emblematic of the hierarchical status of the episcopal office.

 

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