Born in St-Odilon, Quebec, on July 27, 1939, Bishop François Thibodeau did his philosophy studies at Sacré-Coeur Seminary in Charlesbourg, Quebec and his theology studies at the St. Jean-Eudes Scholasticate in Pointe-Gatineau, Quebec. A few years following his ordination to the priesthood in St-Odilon, Quebec by Archbishop Joseph Aurèle Plourde, May 8, 1965, he took up studies in social work at Laval University, Québec, following which he was appointed director of social affairs for the diocese of Québec, from 1971 to 1986.
Bishop Thibodeau was editor in chief of Pastorale-Québec, the Québec diocesan publication, from 1986 to 1990. Until his episcopal ordination, he was provincial superior of the North American Eudist Fathers and Brothers. Besides taking an active part in numerous activities at the community, diocesan, and national levels, Bishop Thibodeau is also a wellknown, published composer of religious songs.
Appointed Bishop of Edmundston October 20, 1993, Bishop Thibodeau was consecrated January 9, 1994, in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Edmundston, by Bishop Gérard Dionne, Bishop Emeritus of Edmundston. In this manner Bishop Thibodeau took official possession of the Edmundston Diocese as its fifth bishop.
Besides his episcopal charge of the Edmundston Diocese, Bishop Thibodeau holds positions in the following:
In the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly (AEA):
In the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB):
Bishop Thibodeau in the News
June 9, 2006
A more detailed biography is available here in FRENCH.