Pope Benedict XVI has named the Reverend Brian J. Dunn of the Diocese of Grand Falls to be an auxiliary Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie in Ontario, Canada, assigned as well the titular see of Munaziana. Father Dunn, at present the Academic Dean at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, has been teaching canon law there since 2002.
Bishop-elect Dunn, 53, is a native of Newfoundland. His seminary formation was obtained in Ontario, and he was ordained a priest in 1980 for the Diocese of Grand Falls. He obtained his doctorate in canon law in 1991 from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. In 2006 he was also awarded a Master’s degree in Liturgy from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.
In his priestly ministry Bishop-elect Dunn has served as parochial vicar, vice-chancellor, and chancellor. He also has served successively as pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in St. Brendan; of the Cathedral Parish in Grand Falls; of St. Joseph Parish in Harbour Breton; and of Holy Cross and Sts. Peter and Paul Parishes in Harbour Main). He has also served on the Presbyteral Council and as a member of the College of Consultors of Grand Falls. Since 1990 he has been a Tribunal Judge, being appointed Adjutant Judicial Vicar in 2002.
Bishop-elect Dunn has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America for many years. He is also a member of the Canadian Canon Law Society. Best wishes and prayers go out to him as he prepares to begin his episcopal ministry!