Bishop Don Bolen, BA Hons ’82

Ecumenical Canon of Norwich Cathedral in Great Britain

2013 Honouree

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Regina in 1991, much of Bishop Don Bolen’s ministry has been focused on reconciliation among Christians. After doctoral studies in Oxford and a brief period teaching at Campion, Bolen was assigned to serve at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (2001-2008).  In this role, Bolen was responsible specifically for relations with the Anglican Communion and the World Methodist Council, and for the preparation of texts for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  For his work with the Anglican Communion, Bolen was awarded the Cross of St. Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was installed as an Ecumenical Canon of Norwich Cathedral in Great Britain.

After a brief period back in the Archdiocese of Regina, where Bolen served as vicar general, he was named bishop of Saskatoon (2010 to present). Bishop Bolen continues his ecumenical work as co-chair of both the Catholic Church’s International Dialogue with the World Methodist Council and the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission. As well, he is a member of the International Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, serves on national and local ecumenical dialogues., and continues to publish in the field of ecumenical relations.