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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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NEWS RELEASE: Resignation of Bishop Frederick Henry

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.

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Vocations Overview

General Overview

A primary purpose of this office is to assist individuals who are discerning their personal vocation and state in life. This involves helping men in their preliminary and ongoing discernment of a vacation to the diocesan priesthood, as well as to assist women and men in their initial discernment of the call to the consecrated life. Another primary purpose of this office is to oversee various initiatives in our Diocese aimed at fostering a ""Culture of Vocations"". 

Please visit the Office of Vocations website for more information.

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Thank you for your contact and I am pleased to help you in any way I can.

Fr. Myles Gaffney
Director of Vocations

To reach the office directly, please contact Fr. Gaffney at 403-245-2753

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Ordinations to the Priesthood - 2012

On the evening of Friday, June 22, in an overflowing St. Mary's Cathedral in Calgary, Bishop Frederick Henry ordained four men from Southern Alberta to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. These ordinations were the culmination of a long period of preparation for the priesthood by the new priests, all of whom obtained Bachelor degrees in philosophy and Master's degrees in theology during this time.

The four men are:

  • Fr. Cristino Bouvette, 26, of Medicine Hat. Fr. Bouvette attended McCoy High School in Medicine Hat and undertook all of his seminary studies at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario.
  • Fr. Lukas Drapal, 30, of Calgary, Fr. Drapal went to St. Mary's High School and also attended St Peter's seminary for his entire studies.
  • Fr. Matthew Emmelcamp, 34, of Calgary, graduated from Bishop Grandin High School and attended St. Peter's Seminary for his philosophical studies. He obtained his Master's degree from St. Joseph's Seminary in Edmonton.
  • Fr. Simon Zak, 26, of Calgary, attended St. Mary's High School in Calgary. He is a graduate of both St. Peter's and St. Joseph's seminaries.

On Saturday June 30, the historic ordinations of Fr. Lee Kenyon and Fr. John Wright by Bishop Henry, took place at St. Mary's Cathedral in Calgary. These are the first ordinations that have taken place in Canada for the newly established Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a specialized form of diocese for persons of the Anglican tradition who have entered the Catholic Church.

Both men are former Anglican priests who are married, and who have been given special permission to be ordained in the Catholic Church. In December of 2011, the majority of parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Anglican-Use Parish in Calgary were received into the full communion of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Fr. Lee Kenyon was born and raised in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He was educated at the University of Lancaster, and at the University of Leeds. He trained for the Anglican ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, Yorkshire, and was ordained into the Church of England in 2005. He served a curacy in the Diocese of Blackburn before coming to serve as Priest-in-Charge at St John the Evangelist, Calgary in 2009.
  • Fr. John Wright was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. He was educated at Notre Dame University, Nelson, BC, the Vancouver School of Theology, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He trained for the Anglican ministry at Emmanuel and St Chad's, Saskatoon, and was ordained in 1987 into the Anglican Church of Canada. He served parishes in Oyen and Calgary, latterly serving as the Honorary Assistant Priest at St John the Evangelist. He was also Chaplain to HMCS Tecumseh from 1991-2011.

View the Photo Albums here:

    Left to Right: Fr. Simon Zak, Fr. Cristino Bouvette, Bishop Henry, Fr. Lukas Drapal and Fr. Matthew Emmelkamp.

    Left to Right: Fr. Lee Kenyon, Bishop Henry and Fr. John Wright

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