Bishop Robert Bourgon



November 30, 2020

Appointment of Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee…

On November 29, 2020, our Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee presented by His Excellency Monsignor Robert Bourgon. As a result, Monsignor Terrence Prendergast has now been appointed Apostolic Administrator for the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee until a new Bishop can be provided.

Note the November 30, 2020  letter from Monsignor Terrence Prendergast addressed to the diocese residents.

November 29, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Mgr. Robert Bourgon submitted his resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hearst Moosonee. Holy Father Francis has accepted his request , which will be made public on Monday, November 30, 2020. Mgr. Robert Bourgon’s letter of November 29, 2020 (see link below) provides additional information in this matter.

November 29, 2020 Letter from Mgr. Robert Bourgon


Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee

Most Rev. Robert Bourgon

First Bishop

Born on March 10, 1956, son of Robert Vianney Bourgon and Jean Sellick. He was raised in Creighton Mine, Ontario. He attended St. Peter’s Seminary in London and was ordained to the priesthood on May 8, 1981, by Bishop Alex Carter. 

He obtained a Master degree in theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from st. Paul University in Ottawa, on April 17, 1997. He served as pastor in several parishes. In February 1998, he was named Judicial Vicar for the Diocesan Tribunal of the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie. In 1990, Member of College of Consultors. In November 2000, he was named Episcopal Vicar and Chancellor of the Diocese. In April 2012, he was named Vicar General of the Diocese.

Pope Francis then appointed him Bishop of Hearst and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Moosonee on February 2, 2016. He was then ordained at the Cathedral of Hearst on April 25, 2016 by the Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa and assisted by the Most Rev. Vincent Cadieux, Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Hearst and Most Rev. Jean-Louis Plouffe, Bishop Emeritus of Sault Ste, Marie.

Bishop Robert Bourgon becomes the tenth Bishop of Hearst and was installed in Moosonee on May 1st 2016.

He was named the first Bishop of the new diocese of Hearst – Moosonee by Pope Francis on December 3rd 2018, suffragan of Ottawa.








Bishop of Hearst-Moosonee.

In accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s heraldic tradition, the Coat of Arms of a Bishop is normally composed of:

– a shield with its charges (symbols) coming from family, geographic, religious and historical meanings and/or referred to the name of the Bishop;

– a golden processional  cross, with one traversal bar, to represent the rank of the Bishop, “impaled” (vertically) behind the shield;

– a green hat (galero) with 12 (six on each side) attached tassels, graded 1; 2; 3; from top to bottom;

– a banderole (banner) with the motto, written generally  in black, located beneath the shield.

Here it has been chosen a gothic shape shield, frequently used in Roman Catholic Church heraldry and a processional bottony cross with five red stones to represent the Five Wounds of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


“ Tierced in pairle reversed Azure, Argent and Vert: in 1st a fleur de lys Or; in 2nd a rose Gules, barbed Vert, seeded Or; in 3rd a medicine wheel” 


The medicine wheel is a metaphorical symbol for a variety of meaningful spiritual concepts and it is typical of the North America and Canada native people culture.

The other two cultures in Canada are the french one, here represented by the fleur de lys while the english culture is underlined by the red rose, the Tudor rose (sometimes called the Union rose), the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England and takes its name and origins from the Tudor dynasty.

The blue (Azure) symbolizes the separation from the worldly values and the ascent of the soul toward God, therefore the run of the Celestial Virtues which raise themselves from the things of the earth toward the sky.

The silver (Argent) is the symbol of the transparency, then of the Justice and Truth, fundamental dowries on which the Bishop articulates his pastoral service. Moreover, symbolizes the purity of Blessed Virgin Mary, our Celestial Mother Whom Bishop Bourgon entrusts his new pastoral role.

Green (Vert), is the symbolic color of hope, hope to the universal peace and unity of all the peoples, all us,  children of God.