On June 7, 2022, the friars of the Province of St. Dominic of Canada elected fr Yves Bériault, OP, as Prior Provincial for a four-year term. After his confirmation by fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, Master of the Order of Preachers, fr Yves accepted his election.
Brother Yves was born in May 1947 in Lachine, Province of Quebec. He studied clinical psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He worked as a school psychologist for four years, then as a clinical psychologist in a hospital for five years.
At the age of 36, he asked to join the Dominican Order. He made his novitiate in Quebec City and his simple profession on August 8, 1984. His philosophical and theological studies were at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and at the Dominican University College in Ottawa. From 1988 to 1999, he was a pastoral animator at the University of Montreal and taught for four years at the Dominican Pastoral Institute; from 1994 to 1997, he was novice master in Montreal. Since 1997, he has been responsible for the Province’s website. After a sabbatical in Rome, he opened the website “Spirituality 2000”. In 2001-2002, he was Director of IDI and Promoter of the Internet for the Order in Rome. From 2002 to 2009, he was again Master of Novices, and in 2009-2010 he was also Master of Novices in Kigali, Rwanda, and from 2010 to 2014 in Quebec, Canada. In Quebec City, he was vicar at Saint-Dominique Church from 2012 to 2018.
He is Vicar of the Prior Provincial from 2018 to 2021. Elected prior to the Priory of St. John the Baptist in Ottawa in June 2018 and re-elected in 2021. He was pastor of the conventual parish in 2018-2022. Appointed Vicar of the Master of the Order for Canada in 2022, he was elected Prior Provincial on 7 June 2022. Please keep Brother Yves and the Province of St. Dominic of Canada in your prayers as he begins this new ministry of Prior Provincial.