Bishop Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R. , is the 7th Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith
He was born in 1967 Edmonton and raised in Grande Prairie, AB. After high school he attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and completed a diploma in Building Construction Engineering. Returning for further studies he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta. At the same time, he joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists, professing religious vows in 1998.
Studying in Toronto at the University of St. Michael’s college he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2003. After a Diaconal appointment in Sudbury, ON in 2004 he was ordained to the Priesthood in Grande Prairie by Archbishop Arthé Guimond. He served as an associate pastor in Redemptorist parishes in St. John’s, NL and in Toronto, ON. In 2007 he became the Director of Formation for Redemptorist students. In 2009 he became pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Saskatoon and was there for 6 years during which time he did work with; refugee settlement, social justice and the diocesan commission for Truth and Reconciliation.
In 2015, he accepted an appointment from Bishop Mark Hagemoen to serve as Pastor of Our Lady of Victory parish in Inuvik as well as to care for the missions of Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk and Paulatuk, all located in the diocese of Mackenzie-Ft. Smith.
On December 15, 2017, Pope Francis named him the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie -Fort Smith (Yellowknife, NT), to succeed the Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, who had been named Bishop of Saskatoon. Bishop Hansen’s episcopal ordination took place on March 16th, 2018.