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New Bishop appointed for Calgary

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Pope Francis has named His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop W. T. McGrattan as the eighth Bishop of Calgary replacing Most Reverend Bishop Henry who has served as Bishop of Calgary since March 19,1998. 

His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop Frederick Henry was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of London and Titular Bishop of Carinola and ordained the Episcopate on June 24, 1986. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of Thunder Bay on May 11, 1995, and installed as the seventh Bishop of Calgary on March 19, 1998,  serving in the Diocese as Bishop until his retirement.

His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop McGrattan will be installed as Bishop for the Diocese of Calgary on February 27, 2017. Most Reverend Bishop McGrattan has served as Bishop of Peterborough since June 23, 2014 when he was installed in the see as the 12th Bishop.

Most Reverend Bishop W. T. McGrattan was born in London, Ontario.  His Excellency received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London.  Bishop McGrattan was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987, with the Diocese of London.  Following three years of service with St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham, Bishop McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992.  Bishop McGrattan served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as an associate professor, vice-rector, and dean of theology and was appointed as rector of the Seminary in 1997. He was ordained to the episcopate as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 2009. 

His Excellency Bishop McGrattan is a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; the CCCB Doctrine Commission from 2011 to the present; the Bishop Liaison for Catholic Health Alliance of Canada CHAC from 2011 to the present; the National Spiritual Director of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada CWL from 2013 to the present; a National Catholic Broadcasting Council Board Member from 2015 to the present; a member of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario; a member of the ACBO Education Commission from 2010 to the present; the Liaison Bishop to Catholic Health Association of Ontario CHAO from 2010 to the present; the Chancellor of Sacred Heart College of Peterborough and a Board Member from 2014 to the present.

Shortly, the College of Consultors, a group of priests from the Diocese of Peterborough, will meet to elect an Apostolic Administrator who will lead the Diocese on an interim basis until a successor is named by His Holiness, Pope Francis.

 His Excellency has brought tremendous gifts of faith-filled leadership and engaged collaboration which have laid solid foundations for the Roman Catholic faith community in the Diocese of Peterborough.