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Assist with the Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Please read the attached documents concerning two timely issues of special importance to Indigenous People where Catholic parishes, missions and organizations can offer practical assistance. 

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Installation of Bishop William T. McGrattan


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.

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Witness: Bishop Emeritus Frederick Henry

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 - On the eve of Bishop McGrattan's installation, Fr. Tom Rosica of Salt and Light Media sat down with Bishop Emeritus Frederick Henry for a farewell interview. The interview airs on Sunday, March 19, 2017 during Salt and Light Media's Witness program. That same afternoon, some of the Catholic Pastoral Centre staff shared their fond memories of working with the Bishop. 

A native of London, Ontario, Bishop Henry was born on April 11, 2943, the eldest of five sons in the family of Leo and Noreen Henry. After finishing high school, he entered St. Peter`s Seminary in London. He became a priest on May 25, 1968. In 1971, he earned a Master`s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and in 1973 a Licentiate in Theology with a Specialization in Fundamental Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at St. Peter`s Seminary from 1973-1986, and Dean of Theology and Rector from 1981-1986.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of London and Titular Bishop of Carinola and ordained to 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.

On January 4, 2017, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Henry, and has appointed the Most Rev. William T. McGrattan, formerly Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough, as his successor. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Henry as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Calgary until Bishop McGrattan`s installation on February 27, 2017.

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Chrism Mass

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

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Former Bishops

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.

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