Bishop William McGrattan - Bishop of Peterborough
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POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS TORONTO AUXILIARY BISHOP
WILLIAM MCGRATTAN TO LEAD PETERBOROUGH DIOCESE
TORONTO (8 April 2014) – Pope Francis has appointed Toronto Auxiliary
Bishop William McGrattan as the next Bishop of Peterborough. Since 2010,
Bishop McGrattan has served the Archdiocese of Toronto, assisting Cardinal
Thomas Collins in providing pastoral leadership for Catholics in the Greater
Toronto Area. Bishop McGrattan commented on his appointment:
“I am humbled by the confidence entrusted to me by Pope Francis as the next
Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. I wish to express my gratitude to all
those whom I have encountered in my ministry over the past four years as
auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Toronto. I thank Cardinal Collins for his
guidance and counsel, the hundreds of clergy and religious who serve so
faithfully each day and the dedicated parishioners of the archdiocese. It has
been inspiring to witness faith alive and at work in one of the most diverse faith
communities in North America.
I very much look forward to meeting the people of the Diocese of Peterborough
and serving as their shepherd in the years ahead. I ask for your prayers, as I will
pray for you. Together, we are called to evangelize and share the joy of our faith
with all those we encounter on the journey.”
Cardinal Thomas Collins responded to news of the appointment: “We thank
Bishop McGrattan for his tremendous efforts, serving the people of the
Archdiocese of Toronto so faithfully since his arrival in 2010. Of particular note
are his guidance in preparation and implementation of the Pastoral Plan of the
archdiocese, his leadership in the central region and his support of our ethnic
pastoral councils and lay movements. While he will be dearly missed, we pray
for him as he embarks on a new assignment, offering his many gifts and talents
to the faithful of the Diocese of Peterborough.”
Bishop William McGrattan was born in London, Ontario in 1956, the oldest of
two children. He entered St. Peter’s Seminary in 1982 and was ordained to the
priesthood in 1987, serving in parish ministry in Chatham, Ontario. Father
McGrattan studied in Rome and earned his Licentiate in Fundamental Moral
Theology from the Pontificio Universita Gregoriana, Rome in 1992. He returned
to London, joining the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary, teaching theology courses
and eventually serving as Vice Rector and Dean of Theology. From 1997-2009,
he served as Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary. In November 2009, he was
appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto by Pope Benedict XVI. His episcopal
ordination took place on January 12, 2010.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto, Bishop McGrattan has provided pastoral
leadership for the 71 parishes of the central region of the archdiocese, also
serving as Vicar for Ethnic Pastoral Councils and Lay Movements. He also
serves on numerous committees at both the provincial and national level.
As one of the most diverse dioceses in the world, the Archdiocese of Toronto is
home to 1.9 million Catholics with Mass celebrated each week in over 30
different languages. More than 800 diocesan and religious priests serve the
Catholic community in 225 parishes across the archdiocese.
Information regarding the installation of Bishop McGrattan in Peterborough
will be announced in the coming days.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Neil MacCarthy – Director, Public Relations & Communications
Archdiocese of Toronto
Phone (416) 934-3400 x 552 Cell: (416) 879-2846
Note: Bishop McGrattan will travel to Peterborough and be available to the media on
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon at the Chancery Office - 350
Hunter Street West. Please use the media contact above to schedule an interview.
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