Historical Notes

The Bishop of Charlottetown

Another notable descendant of Jean Goyetche was Rev. Joseph Vernon Fougere, son of Godfrey & Anita (Goyetche) Fougere, who was appointed the twelfth Bishop of Charlottetown by Pope John Paul II in 1991. Bishop Fougere, a native of Petit de Grat, Nova Scotia, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Antigonish on May 31, 1969. After graduating from Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, he did his theological studies at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal. After three years service in Mount Carmel Parish in New Waterford and three years as pastor in Saint Louis Parish in Louisdale, the Bishop served seven years with the Diocesan Mission in Honduras. During this time, he became fluent in Spanish and became acquainted with the issues of the Church in Latin America. While ministering in Honduras, he served on the Council of Priests for the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa. While there, he carried out extensive work forming Delegados de la Palabra (Ministers of the Word). After studies at the Jesuit Theological Union at the University of California, Bishop Fougere served in Saint Joseph's Parish in Bras d'Or and Saint Augustine's in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was appointed Vicar General and Director of Pastoral Services for the Diocese of Antigonish in 1988. He was the first priest to serve in this position as director of all pastoral service for the people of the diocese. He served and was Chair of the Council of Priests of the Diocese of Antigonish and member of the Board of Governors at Saint Francis Xavier University. On December 11, 1991 Pope John Paul II appointed Joseph Vernon Fougere as the twelfth Bishop of Charlottetown, and he was Consecrated and Installed at St. Dunstan's Basilica, on March 19, 1992. He retired in 2009 after a long illness. Bishop Fougere died June 18, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, at the age of 70. He served as a member of the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (1992-1995), the Social Communications Commission (1993-1996), the Episcopal Commission for Christian Education (since 1999), and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Mission in Canada (2000).
The Goyetche Family Genealogy

Bishop Vernon Fougere