Some Biographical Notes For Bishop Brian Dunn



Bishop Dunn

Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn was born on January 8, 1955 in St. Johnís, Newfoundland.  He received his primary and elementary education at St. Teresaís School in Buchans, NL and his high school education at St. Francis Central High School in Harbour Grace, NL.  After studying at Memorial University of Newfoundland for one year, he attended Kingís College in London, Ontario and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1976. He completed his seminary formation at Saint Peterís Seminary in London, Ontario.  After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979, he was ordained to the priesthood on August 28, 1980 for the Diocese of Grand Falls, Newfoundland.  He was involved in post-graduate studies and received a Licentiate (1990) and a Doctorate (1991) in Canon Law from Saint Paul University, Ottawa and the University of Ottawa.  He completed a Masters in Theology (Liturgical Studies) at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in 2006.


He served in priestly ministry as associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Grand Falls (1980-85), pastor of St. Gabrielís Parish in St. Brendanís (1985-88), pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Grand Falls (1991-96), pastor of St. Josephís Parish in Harbour Breton (1996-99) and pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Holyrood and SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Harbour Main (1999-2002).


Besides his pastoral ministry in parishes, he served the diocese as Vice-chancellor (1980-1996), Chancellor (1996-2008), member of the College of Consultors  (1991-2002), Bishopís Canonical Advisor (1990-2008), Judge for the Marriage Tribunal (1990-2008), and Associate Judicial Vicar of the Marriage Tribunal (2002-2008).


He has been extensively involved in teaching, serving as lecturer with the Atlantic School of Theology (Halifax, NS) in the Diploma Program for Theology and Ministry at Grand Falls, Newfoundland (1992-1999) where he taught courses in Scripture and  in Theology.  He also served as Lecturer at the Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa (2003-4 and 2007). From 2002 to 2008, he has served on the faculty at St. Peterís Seminary, London, Ontario and taught a variety of courses in Canon Law as well as Ecumenism, Ecclesiology, and Liturgical Law.  In 2005, he became Dean of Studies at the Seminary.


He was ordained bishop at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL on October 9, 2008 and, since then, has served as one of the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.