For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in (Christ), and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
(Colossians 1: 20)


The diocesan Bishop is the chief teacher, sanctifier, and shepherd of God's people. He is the principal teacher…the primary dispenser of all the sacraments… The Bishops have been given a special outpouring of grace, to continue the work that the Apostles started.

(“Understanding the Role of Bishops”, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Diocesan Information

Bishop John Corriveau

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Bishop John Corriveau OFM Cap. was born in Zurich (Ontario, Canada) on the 27th of July 1941. He is a member of the Capuchin Province of Central Canada, and was ordained a priest on the 23rd of October, 1965. 

Bishop John has studied at St. Fidelis College in Herman (Pennsylvania, USA), Capuchin College, Washington, D.C. (USA) and at Berkeley in California (1988-1989). 

From 1966 to 1969, the Bishop lectured at Minor Seminary of Mount Alverno and served in various Capuchin community administrative positions. He served two terms as Minister of the Capuchin Vice-Province.  He was President of the Conference of Capuchins of North America (NACC). After three years as pastor of a Toronto parish, he was transferred to Rome as Definitor General of the Order where he undertook a number of projects for his order. Returning to Canada he was elected, twice as Minister Provincial.  In June of 1994, he was elected Minister General of the Order, a work he carried out with wisdom and dynamism until 2006. In 2007, he was again elected Minister Provincial.  On November 30 of that year, the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of Nelson. 

Coat of Arms of Bishop Corriveau

  • Arms: The jagged horizontal line represents the mountains at Nelson, BC with the gold upper half reflecting the colour of the setting sun. In one sense, it separates the shield into parts of calling and service.
  • The emblem in the upper part of the shield is that of the Capuchin Order of Friars Minor, symbolizing Bishop Corriveau’s membership in this order.
  • The red Tau cross, historically associated with St. Francis, signifies the blood of the cross
  • The crossed arms represent Christ (the naked arm), and St Francis of Assisi (the robed arm), signifying for St. Francis, “peace through the blood of the cross.”
  • The lower half is coloured blue to speak of Christ’s mother Mary, the titular patron of the Cathedral in Nelson. As well, the blue combined with the emblem of jug and basin alludes to the foot-washing ceremony by Christ. Thus, it represents a servant-leader ready to serve.
  • Motto: This Latin phrase, meaning “Making peace through the blood of the cross”, is taken from Colossians 1:20.