A New Bishop for the Diocese of Peterborough!

A New Bishop for Peterborough

On Friday, March 10, 2017, Most Rev. Luigi Bonazzi. Apostolic Nuncio to Canada announced that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency, the Most Reverend Daniel J. Miehm, as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough.  Bishop Miehm has served as the Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton since 2013.

Bishop Daniel Miehm was born in 1960 in Kitchener, Ontario.  After studies at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, he was ordained to the Priesthood on May 6, 1989, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton. He was ordained Bishop at the Cathedral on May 7, 2013.

Bishop Miehm holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Bishop Miehm served as a Priest in the Diocese of Hamilton from 1989 to 2013.  During his ministry, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Stoney Creek and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton and as Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Hamilton and St. Ann Parish in Ancaster. During this time, Bishop Miehm also served as a member and representative on various Councils in the Hamilton Diocese.  From 1996 to 2012, he served as Judge and Defender of the Bond on the Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal.

In June of 2012, he was appointed Founding Pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Milton where he was ministering at the time of his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton.

Among his various duties in the Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Miehm was Moderator of the Pastoral Offices and also had oversight of the Permanent Deacons.   On a national level, he serves the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as co-chair of the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue and as liaison to Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry.  He also serves on the Education Commission for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO).

Upon learning of his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough, Bishop Miehm stated, “I am both humbled and encouraged by the confidence that the Holy Father has placed in me.  I look forward to meeting the people of the diocese and working with priests, religious and lay people to carry on the great pastoral work of my predecessors.”

The Most Reverend Daniel Miehm will be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.   His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop William T. McGrattan continues as Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Peterborough until April 19, 2017.

Bishop Miehm’s Motto and Coat of Arms

The Motto, Fides Per Caritatem, (Faith Through Love) is taken from Paul to the Galatians 5:6; “The only thing that counts is faith working through love.” It reflects an important theme for the Year of Faith, when Bishop Miehm was ordained to the episcopacy.

On the coat of arms, faith is signified by the “Cross crosslet” at the top of the shield. It is a traditional German cross, representing Bishop Miehm’s ethnic heritage. It is also the cross image most associated with his home parish of St. Anthony Daniel in Kitchener.

The lily at the bottom of the shield and the carpenter’s square (depicted in the edge of the chevron) are traditional images of St. Joseph. As husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, Joseph exemplified both faith and love. He is the patron saint of Canada and the Universal Church as well as one of Bishop Miehm’s patron saints. Moreover, Joseph is the birth name of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, who appointed Bishop Miehm to the episcopacy. The lily is imposed on a blue background, the colour most associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of Hamilton Diocese.

The crown at the top of the shield is composed of two hearts, representing charity: specifically the love of God and the love of neighbour. The crown symbolizes Jesus Christ the King, who gave us the two great commands of love. It also signifies the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton, where Bishop Miehm was ordained deacon, priest and bishop.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Bishop McGrattan has been appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Peterborough until the appointment of a new Bishop for the see.

New Bishop appointed for Calgary

bishopmcgrattan-high-pixelPope 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.

coat-of-arms-for-bishop-mcgrattanShortly, the College of Consultors, a group of priests from the Diocese of Peterborough, will meet to elect an Diocesan 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.  

CCCB Source

Job posting: Chancery Receptionist

The Diocese of Peterborough has an opening for a full time Receptionist.  This position is responsible for providing administrative and clerical services Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The ideal candidate will have a two-year secretarial science diploma from a community college or min. of five (5) years related experience.  Interested candidates should fax (705) 745-2555 or e-mail finance.admin@peterboroughdiocese.org  resumes by closing date of September 9th, 2016.  A detailed job description may be viewed at www.peterboroughdiocese.org.  Only those selected for interview(s) will be contacted, thank you.

Click here to view the job description: Chancery Receptionist

 

Pastoral Appointments 2015

The Most Reverend William T. McGrattan, Bishop of Peterborough, announces the following pastoral appointments effective July 2, 2015 unless otherwise noted.

Newly Ordained

  • Fr. Eric Mason newly ordained is appointed Associate Pastor of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lindsay

New Priests arriving to the Diocese

  • Fr. Alarey Abella, C. PP. S. is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Peterborough and to part-time Hospital Chaplaincy at the Peterborough General Hospital.
  • Fr. Paul Hogan incardinated to the Diocese of Peterborough requested and has been granted a return to active pastoral ministry beginning December 1, 2015.
  • Fr. Dominick Mbah, MSP currently at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough is appointed Administrator of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kearney.

Pastoral Appointments

  • Fr. John Albao currently Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kearney is appointed Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Norwood.
  • Fr. Antonio Barol currently Pastor of St. Alphonsus’ Parish, Wooler and Holy Angels, Brighton is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s, Powassan.
  • Fr. Andrew Broda currently Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Lakefield is appointed Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, Downeyville.
  • Fr. Craig Cruikshank is appointed Administrator of St. Thomas More Parish, Millbrook with responsibility for part-time ministry while in residence at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough in addition to continuing as the Directory of the Office of Youth.
  • Fr. Joseph Devereaux currently Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Keene is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Hastings.
  • Fr. Randy Foster currently pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Millbrook is appointed Pastor of St. Anne’s Parish, Peterborough.
  • Msgr. Michael Heffernan currently Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, Downeyville is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Keene.
  • Fr. Gerard McMahon currently Pastor of St. Mary the Assumption Parish, Huntsville is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Port Hope.
  • Fr. Placid Obiji, SMMM currently Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Hastings is appointed Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kinmount.
  • Fr. John Perdue is appointed Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Peterborough, in addition to his responsibilities as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough.
  • Fr. Asisclo Podelino currently Pastor of St. Joseph’s, Bracebridge is appointed Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Newcastle.
  • Fr. John Rathinaswamy currently Pastor of St. James the Great Parish, MacTier is appointed Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Huntsville.
  • Fr. Christopher Reynolds currently Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Norwood is appointed Pastor of St. Alphonsus’ Parish, Wooler and Holy Angels, Brighton.
  • Fr. Raymond Rick currently Pastor of St. Joseph’s, Douro is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Bracebridge.
  • Fr. Peter Seabrooke currently Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Newcastle has been appointed Chancellor of Temporal Affairs, Chancery Office, Peterborough, and will reside at Immaculate Conception Parish, Peterborough.  He is also appointed to the role of Chaplain for Mount St. Joseph as of September 10, 2015.
  • Fr. Peter Selvaraj currently Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kinmount is appointed Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle, Lakefield.
  • Fr. Sanyatson Seshaiah currently Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Port Hope is appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Douro.
  • Fr. Roy Villas currently at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Peterborough is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Bracebridge.
  • Fr. Stan Witczak currently Associate Pastor of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Lindsay is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Anne’s Parish and serving the Polish Community at Immaculate Conception Parish, Peterborough.

Other

  • Fr. Leo Coughlin will be stepping down from the role of Chaplain for Mount St. Joseph as of September 10, 2015.
  • Fr. Ante Market incardinated in the Diocese of Peterborough is appointed to the Archdiocese of Toronto for completion of his studies in Canon Law and then on pastoral loan to the Archdiocese for a minimum of 12 years.
  • Fr. Damian Smullen requested and has been granted a health leave from active pastoral ministry for an indefinite period of time.

Departing from the Diocese

  • Fr. Adolphus Chukwuka, priest of the Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Nigeria has completed his fidei donum priest mission to Canada and will be reassigned by his Bishop.
  • Fr. Alban Obani, SMMM Associate Pastor at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish, Peterborough has been reassigned by the Congregation “Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy”.

Permanent Diaconate Appointments

  • Rev. Mr. Bill Radigan is appointed to the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough.
  • Rev. Mr. Jan Sirek is appointed to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Huntsville.

Seminarian Pastoral Year Placements

  • Mr. Stephen Decarlo has been assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish, Bowmanville under the supervision of Fr. Paul Massel, effective June 1, 2015 until August 30, 2016.