Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie wrapped up his pastoral visit to Elliot Lake promising to return.

Dowd told The Moose this was his first pastoral visit since he was appointed by the Pope last fall.

He says he thoroughly enjoyed his visits to city hall, the hospital, and the school.

Bishop Dowd says he plans more visits to other communities and a return to Elliot Lake, since he will complete a report about his visit to share with the community in the new year.