WITNESS – Bishop William McGrattan
Most Reverend Bishop William McGrattan was born in London, Ontario on September 19, 1956 and 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. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987 for the Diocese of London. Following three years of pastoral ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham, Fr. McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992. He returned to London and served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as an associate professor, vice-rector, and dean of theology. He was appointed as rector of the Seminary in 1997. Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. McGrattan Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 2009 and Fr. McGrattan was Bishop in 2009.
As Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, Bishop McGrattan was responsible for the Central Region that includes seventy-one parishes in the central part of the City of Toronto. In addition to his regional responsibilities, he also served as Vicar for Lay Movements and Associations, Vicar for Ethnic Communities, and the liaison bishop for the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario, the Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario, the Catholic Health Association of Ontario, and the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.
In the spring of 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop McGrattan as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. At the national level, 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 2017. He also served as the Chancellor of Sacred Heart College of Peterborough and a Board Member from 2014 to the present.
In early January 2017, Pope Francis appointed Bishop McGrattan the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.
Bishop Barron on Biblical Religion
According to Biblical religion, we are called to be holy as God is holy. The Holiness of God consists of pure love. Pure love shines on the good and the bad alike. What a revolution this is! Think how different your life would be were you to love this way all the time, rather than measuring out your love through calculative self-interest. Dedicate your whole life to divine Love and you will be truly holy, set apart, a sanctuary.