Father Paul Terrio, a priest who has served with distinction in several leadership roles in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, has been named Bishop of the neighbouring Diocese of St. Paul.

News of the appointment came early this morning (Thursday, October 18)  from the Vatican. The Diocese of St. Paul had been without a bishop since February, when Bishop Luc Bouchard was appointed to the Quebec Diocese of Trois Rivieres.

Paul Terrio was born in Montreal and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Montreal in 1970. Since then, he has served as a pastor and seminary professor in Quebec, Brazil and Alberta. In 2001 he became a diocesan priest with the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and in 2002 was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain. He left that posting this past  summer, after being named President of Newman Theological College. Bishop-elect Terrio has also served as Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese since 2010.

The new bishop said he was surprised and humbled to learn that Pope Benedict XVI had requested his service as spiritual shepherd to the people of St. Paul.

"To be a successor to the Apostles is both an honour and a challenge in today's climate of a needed new evangelization," he said. "But a challenge is always revitalizing and renewing, especially for a priest. I am happy to offer my service to the people of St. Paul."

Bishop-elect Terrio will be ordained to the episcopate at St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul, Alberta, on December 12.