SYDNEY, N.S. — A Sydney native who went on to become Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton has died.
Most Rev. Joseph N. MacNeil died Sunday at age 93. He died at Grey Nuns hospital in Edmonton after suffering a stroke.
MacNeil was ordained a priest in 1948 for the Diocese of Antigonish, and went on to earn a doctorate in canon law in Rome. He was named Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John in 1969 and appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Edmonton in 1973.
Archbishop MacNeil served as vice-president and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also acted as consultor for several of its offices, as member on the executive committee and what was then called the administrative board, his obituary notes.
MacNeil was also a member of the Congregation for Bishops of the Holy See 1978-1983.
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