The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary is honoured to welcome the Most Reverend Bishop William T. McGrattan as our eighth Bishop.
Bishop 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.
The Diocese is very much looking forward to celebrating Bishop McGrattan’s Installation Mass on Monday, February 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7:30 pm.
Special guests, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, have been invited to celebrate this special Mass alongside our own Diocesan Priests, Deacons, other Religious and members of the laity. We expect more than 1,000 people to be in attendance at this special occasion in our Diocese. We will also have a live stream over the internet through our Diocesan Website at www.calgarydiocese.ca. Please contact your parish as many are organizing viewing parties for the evening of February 27.
This is a ticketed event. Three hundred tickets were made available on the morning of February 7. The tickets were reserved in 30 minutes. The Diocese is carefully monitoring numbers to see if more tickets can be made available. The link below will be re-activated at that time.
Questions can be sent to INSTALLATION@CALGARYDIOCESE.CA.
During this Mass, the Bishop blesses the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism. The chrism is freshly prepared for the baptising of catechumens at the Easter Vigil and the other oils are blessed on this day as well. As the Bishop is the only minister who can bless chrism, this liturgy ritualises his presence through the chrism that will be used by priests and deacons of the diocese throughout the year.
During the Chrism Mass, all priests are invited to renew their commitment to service and to receive the prayers of the people. This unique liturgy is an expression of unity of the diocesan Church with her Bishop in preparation for all liturgies throughout the year. All are welcome.
2017 Chrism Mass | Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM | St. Mary's Cathedral
Chrism Mass Choir Information
Most Rev. John T McNally: First Bishop of Calgary, 1913 – 1924.
Later Bishop of Hamilton and Archbishop of Halifax.
Most Rev. John T Kidd: Second Bishop of Calgary, 1925 – 1931.
The former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary. Later Bishop of London.
Most Rev. Peter J Monahan: Third Bishop of Calgary. 1932 – 1935.
Later Bishop of Regina.
Most Rev. Francis P. Carroll: Fourth Bishop of Calgary. 1935 – 1967.
Former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary.
Most Rev. Francis J. Klein: Fifth Bishop of Calgary. 1967 – Early 1968.
Most Rev. Paul J. O'Byrne: Sixth Bishop of Calgary. 1968 - 1998.
Most Rev. Frederick B. Henry: Seventh Bishop of Calgary. 1998-2017.
As part of our Diocesan mission and obedience to the words of our Lord to “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep,” Together in Action granted “good gifts” of funding to many amazing organizations across southern Alberta in 2016. In Lethbridge, we granted to the Interfaith Food Bank Society, run almost entirely by volunteers. Each year, more than 100 volunteers come through their door to give “good gifts” of time to the lives of the food bank’s clients. Many of them are passionately committed, serving regularly, often several times a month. Staff are committed to giving their volunteers a positive experience. Funds from Together in Action ensure they have a quality volunteer program. This commitment promotes long term volunteer retention and helps manage organizational costs effectively.
A bit farther north, in Airdrie, Deacon Gary Haney works with St. Dismas Prison Ministries. This organization works with an extremely marginalized population – recently released inmates. Together in Action funds the organization’s Let’s Journey Together Program. Volunteers with this organization give “good gifts” of circles of support around released inmates, helping them transition back into the community. The connections built within these circles anchor these vulnerable individuals to stability, acceptance and often, housing and employment. Deacon Gary Haney loves to tell the story of this organization and passionately believes in the work.
Do you or your parish support a charity that you are passionate about? Do you have an organization that you love and give the “good gifts” of your time or money to? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us to tell us about it! If we feel it’s a good fit for the Together in Action Granting Program, we will solicit an application from the charity. After that, it will be up to the committee and the Bishop. As the donors who make Together in Action possible, we believe you have a voice in suggesting the spread of “good gifts.” Contact the Charities & Development Office at (403) 218-5534 for more information or to get the nomination form.
In accordance with canon 401 § ii of the Code of Canon Law, his Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Frederick B. Henry as Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary due to health concerns.
Most Rev. Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, announces that the Holy Father has named Bishop William Terrence McGrattan, currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough, as his successor.
The installation of the new Bishop will be on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. which will be at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This is a ticketed event, details to be announced soon.
In the meantime, Bishop Henry has been named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Calgary.
We thank Bishop Henry for his unstinting service, and we welcome Bishop McGrattan to our Diocese.
To read Bishop Henry’s resignation letter sent to Pope Francis, click here.