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Archbishop Roussinís letter

The following letter to the clergy and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver has been released by Archbishop Raymond Roussin, SM.

August 26, 2005,

To the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am writing to let you know that I will be away from my day-to-day duties as your Archbishop for five to six months and to ask for your generous support in prayer during this time.

This is the result of a clinical depression I am facing that has developed over the last several years. My doctor is confident I will make a full recovery if I take the time I need now, which is what I intend to do. Although this is a personal medical matter, I have decided to be frank with you in order to help remove some of the stigma that is often wrongly and unfortunately associated with depression. It is an illness and it is treatable.

My doctor has advised me that I should not receive visitors at this time, and I am requesting that any pastoral or personal matters be directed to the Chancery for handling. During my recuperation, the business of the Archdiocese will be in the very competent hands of my vicars, assisted when appropriate by the College of Consultors.

With your prayers to help me, I look forward to returning to work with new strength as soon as possible.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
Most Reverend Raymond Roussin, SM
Archbishop of Vancouver

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