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.