The Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan Welcomes You!

Meet some of our seminarians!


Boost your faith formation: check out the new resources available at our Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis in Peace River.


Chrism Mass 2017

Archbishop Pettipas gathered with his priests, deacon, and faithful of the archdiocese at the annual Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

The following anniversaries were recognized:

Archbishop Pettipas: 40 years of priestly ordination (ordination date: 02 May 1977) and 10 years of episcopal ordination (ordination date: 25 Jan 2007)

Rev. Gerald Mendoza: 5 years (ordination date: 31 May 2012)

Rev. Arputha Raj (Fr. Raju) Arockiadoss: 10 years (ordination date: 27 Dec 2007)

Rev. Joseph Jacobson: 10 years (ordination date: 02 Feb 2007)

Rev. Jayaraj (Fr. Raj) Koppula: 20 years (ordination date: 10 Sept 1997)

Rev. Remi Hebert, C.Ss.R.: 25 years (ordination date: 04 June 1992)

Rev. Abraham Azhakathu Joseph, MST: 35 years (ordination date: 31 Dec 1982)

Congratulations and thank you all for your years of service to the Archdiocese and the Church throughout the world.

Development and Peace: The Memory Project

Does your faith lead you to “social justice” actions?  Do you do charitable works for the poor?  Has your group served Jesus in this blessed way?  Can you recall some of the things that have been done in your parish, in the Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese, recently or in the past 50 years?  Memories of these actions are being gathered for sharing.  Please remember and share.  It’s the 150th anniversary of Canada and the 50th anniversary of Development and Peace in Canada!  Share in celebration: to lead and inspire us all!  Write: The Memory Project @10504 – 105 Ave Grande Prairie; email; phone: Rae Weniger 780-539-7503; Helen MacDonald 780-532-1071 or Mia Klien-Gebbink 780-354-2108.

Quinquennial Report

From March 26 – April 1, Archbishop Pettipas was in Rome on the ad limina visit of Western Canadian bishops. Read the Quinquennial Report 2006-2016 on the Archdiocese that was submitted in October 2016 for review by various dicasteries of the Vatican.

Synod of Bishops 2018:

Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

Everywhere in the western world the question is asked: What about our young people?  If they don’t retain the faith of their parents and grandparents, what will become of them?  What will become of the Church?

Pope Francis has called for a Synod of Bishops to meet in Rome in October 2018 on the topic of Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. A preparatory document was circulated to all bishops around the world with the request to have as many people as possible read the document, reflect on it, and send their bishop a summary of their responses to the reflection questions in the document.  To this end, Archbishop Pettipas asks every organization in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan – and all individuals who wish to do likewise – to read over the document (it’s only 30 pages), discuss it, and send your reflections to him.  He will then send a synopsis of your responses to the committee that is planning the Synod.

Papal Letter to Young People: français   English

Preparatory document: français    English

Please submit your responses to Lauri Friesen at

before Friday 15 September 2017.

Thoughts from the Archbishop

Archbishop Pettipas in the news

Thoughts from Archbishop Pettipas (English) (français) – June 1, 2017.


Read the report on the first year of the Pastoral Plan.
Check out the Family Prayer Resources for two more publications.
Our Pastoral Plan for 2015-2020


Restore St. Bernard Church

Help restore the most significant historical site in the Archdiocese!

Grouard’s St. Bernard Church was completed in 1902 under the direction of Bishop Emile Grouard. It is now in dire need of repair. The St. Bernard Mission Church Restoration Committee solicits your financial support of this project.

 Details and the pledge sheet are now available online.