Retirement & Pastoral Appointments

Bishop McGrattan made the following announcements on Friday, February 23, 2018: 

  • Very Rev. John Schuster has announced his retirement from the position of Moderator of the Curia, which will become effective at the time of the pastoral moves in August, 2018.  Fr. Schuster will continue to serve the Diocese of Calgary as Vicar General.  Fr. Schuster has worked at the Catholic Pastoral Centre as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General since 1989.  Fr. Schuster was born in Cliftonville, Saskatchewan and ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1965 by Archbishop Jordan.  Fr. Schuster has served at the Catholic Pastoral Centre and several parishes of the Calgary Diocese as Pastor and Assistant Pastor.  Additionally, his brother priests have elected him to the positions of Dean and Vice Dean.  Fr. Schuster is a respected priest in the Diocese whose ministry has supported the growth of the Diocese and its faithfulness.  He is a well-loved presence at the Catholic Pastoral Centre known for his empathy, quick wit, and short meetings.  Fr. Schuster says, “I have happily and obediently served five Bishops and seen the growth of the Diocese over that time.  It is a blessing in my life to have had the opportunity to serve as Moderator of the Curia and I will continue to support Bishop McGrattan and Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon in my role as Vicar General.”  Bishop McGrattan expressed his deep appreciation for Fr. Schuster’s work saying, “Fr. Schuster has been a constant and faithful servant for the Diocese of Calgary. I am personally grateful for his support in my transition to the Diocese of Calgary and I thank Fr. Schuster for his willingness to continue sharing his knowledge of the Diocese and experience as Vicar General.”
  • Rev. Wilbert Chin Jon will be appointed as Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Calgary effective August 1, 2018. Fr. Chin Jon was born in the Philippines and ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary in 2004.  He has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from the Ateneo de Davao University, a Jesuit university in the Philippines, and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario.  Fr. Chin Jon has fourteen years of experience in parish ministry as Associate, Administrator and Pastor.  Fr. Chin Jon was Pastor of Our Lady of the Rockies in Canmore from 2015 until the present. As of April 13, 2018, Fr. Chin Jon will reside at St. Bernard’s/Our Lady of the Assumption in Calgary and administrate the parish until the time of the pastoral moves when he will assume the full-time role of Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Calgary. He will also begin a period of orientation at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre under the direction of Bishop William McGrattan and Fr. John Schuster. 
  • Fr. Nathan Siray is appointed as Pastor at Our Lady of the Rockies in Canmore effective April 13, 2018.  Fr. Siray was born in Calgary and ordained to the priesthood in 2011.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. Most recently since 2015, Fr. Siray served as Pastor at St. Bernard’s/Our Lady of the Assumption in Calgary.  On December 3, 2017, Bishop McGrattan announced the designation of the new church, Our Lady of the Rockies, as a Diocesan Marian Shrine, taking effect on the consecration of the new church building. Fr. Siray will pastorally lead this vision for the new church in his appointment at Our Lady of the Rockies Parish.
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