Pope Francis has appointed Bishop William Terence McGrattan of Peterborough, Canada, as Bishop of Calgary. He succeeds Bishop Frederick Bernard Henry, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted by the Holy Father.
On February 27, Bishop McGrattan will be installed as Ordinary for the Diocese of Calgary.
Born in London, Ontario, William Terence McGrattan would go on to receive an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London.
On May 2, 1987, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of London. After serving St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham for three years, he continued his studies in theology at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, 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. Bishop McGrattan is a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and has led numerous other committees and commissions. He has served as Bishop of Peterborough since June 23, 2014.
Established in 1912, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary stretches across southern Alberta. Its 543,000 Catholics in a population of 1,195,194, are served by 162 priests, 45 permanent deacons, and 124 religious.