Archbishop & Chancery

Archbishop & Chancery

The chancery is the administrative heart of the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. It is in the chancery that all documents related to the diocese are drawn up, recorded, and archived. The principal chancery officials in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan are the Archbishop, the Vicar- General, and the Chancellor. The chancery officials are assisted by the Financial Administrator, the Executive Assistant to the Archbishop, the Archivist, a bookkeeper and a receptionist.

The Archbishop is also assisted in his governance of the Archdiocese by the Council of Priests and the Curia. The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council is an advisory body to the Archbishop.

The Archbishop

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., is the chief pastor in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. As he often says, he has a three-fold mandate: to teach, to govern, and to sanctify the faithful in his care.


Monsignor Charles Lavoie is the Vicar-General for the Archdiocese. As Vicar-General, Mgr. Lavoie is the Archbishop’s representative and holds the same jurisdictional powers as the Archbishop.


Monsignor Charles Lavoie is the Chancellor of the Archdiocese. The Chancellor is principally responsible for the administrative documents and records of the Archdiocese, both current and archival; the sacramental recordkeeping of the Archdiocese; and security of the archives.

Judicial Vicar

Rev. Michael Uso Ereyi is the Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese.  The Judicial Vicar is an officer of the diocese who has ordinary power to judge cases in the diocesan ecclesiastical court.

Financial Administrator 

The Financial Administrator is Paulette Carrier. The Financial Administrator is responsible for managing the financial resources of the Archdiocese and for advising the Archbishop on related systems and policies. The Financial Administrator’s principal duties include accounting, budgeting, and payroll; managing real property of the Archdiocese; and providing guidance and advice to parishes on financial questions.


The Archivist of the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan is Shannon Doiron, MLIS. He has two distinct but inter-related responsibilities: preserving the historical documents and sacramental records that have accumulated in the 100-plus years of the life of the Archdiocese and collecting the relevant and important documents and records being created today.

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant is Lauri Friesen. She provides administrative and secretarial support to the office of the archbishop and, as needed, to the chancery.