His Excellency, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher was born in Windsor, Ontario, on May 28, 1954, the eldest of seven children of Maurice Durocher and Lucille Duplantie.
His family moved to Timmins where he completed his primary and secondary studies. He then attended the University of Western Ontario where he studied music. He graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts in 1977; and then enrolled in theological studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1981. He simultaneously completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Ottawa in 1980. Eventually, he also completed a Master of Arts (Theology) degree in 1985.
He was ordained priest to the Diocese of Timmins on July 2nd, 1982. He undertook a correspondence program in Canon Law with the University of Strasbourg, France, and completed the civil Licenciate in Canon Law in 1992. A sabbatical year in 1996 allowed him to attend the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he completed the Licentiate in Theology (Dogmatics).
In the service of the diocese of Timmins, he taught high school; wrote educational tools in religious teaching; served as priest, priest-moderator or administrator in many parishes, and led the diocesan office of youth ministry and the office of liturgy. Finally, he coordinated the Chancery, as well as the diocesan pastoral services.
On March 14th, 1997, he was ordained to the episcopate as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sault-Ste-Marie. Residing in Sudbury, he was mostly involved with the pastoral ministry of the French-language sector of the diocese, as well as the Ojibway around Georgian Bay. He was also the chair of the Education and Social Affairs Commission an active member of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, as well as serving as liaison Bishop for its French-language catechetical office, OPECO (l’Office Provincial de l’Éducation Catholique de l’Ontario.) Finally, he chaired the liturgy commission for the French sector of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
On April 27th, 2002, he was named Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall where he inaugurated his pastoral ministry on June 17th, 2002. He was also the president of the Education Commission for the Association of Catholic Bishops of Ontario for around six years, as well as for the Theology Commission of the CCCB for two years. And if that wasn’t enough, Archbishop Durocher was also a delegate of the Canadian Bishops to the Bishops’ Synod on the Eucharist which was held in Rome in October 2005.
On October 12th, 2011, he was named Archbishop of Gatineau by Pope Benedict XVI. A week later, he was elected as vice-president of the CCCB. And on November 30th, he officially began his episcopal ministry in Gatineau.
In September 2013, he was elected president of the CCCB, a position he occupied until September 2015. While president, he participated in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, in October 2014.
Since March 2014, he is a member of the Pontifical Council on Culture.