Bishop Durocher was born on May 28, 1954, in
Archbishop Ébacher was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Amos on May 27, 1961. Holding a doctorate in philosophy, he first worked in education at the Collège d’Amos. He was Vicar General of the Diocese of Amos when in June 1979 he was named Bishop of Baie-Comeau (at that time Hauterive). On April 6, 1988, he was named Bishop of Gatineau (at that time Gatineau-Hull), and became its first Archbishop in October 1990. Over the course of his 32 years as Bishop, Archbishop Ébacher served a number of terms on the CCCB Permanent Council between 1987 and 2007, in addition to being a member of a number of CCCB Commissions and Ad Hoc Committees. He was also a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1985 to 1993.
The Archdiocese of Gatineau has 53 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 256,800, which is served by 45 diocesan priests, 25 priests who are members of religious communities, 183 Religious Sisters and Brothers, one permanent deacon and 18 lay pastoral assistants.