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Most. Rev. M. Pearse Lacey (1916-2014)

Pearse Lacey was born in Toronto on November 26, 1916. He attended St. Helen's Separate School and St. Michael's College before entering St. Augustine's Seminary in 1936. He was ordained on May 23, 1943 in St. Michael's Cathedral by Archbishop James C. McGuigan.

From 1943 to 1957 Father Lacey assisted at St. Patrick's Parish, Port Colborne, St. Cecilia's Parish, Toronto, St. Monica's Parish, Toronto and St. Pius X Parish, Toronto. On September 28, 1957 he was appointed Chaplain of St. Michael's Hospital. On June 10, 1959 he was appointed first Pastor of Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Etobicoke. He continued in that capacity until October 18, 1966 when he was named Rector of St. Michael's Cathedral where he served until 1979. On September 13, 1967 Father Lacey was appointed a Prelate of Honour. Over the years Monsignor Lacey served as Chaplain and Director of the Christian Family Movement, and Vice-Chairman of the Senate of Priests. From 1965 to 1970 he was Chairman of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission. From 1972 to 1974 he was a Trustee of the Metropolitan Separate School Board and served as Vice-President of the National Federation of the Senate of Priests from 1975 to 1976. From its start in 1964 Monsignor Lacey was also a member of the Archdiocesan Building Committee, and was one of the organizers of St. Stephen's Downtown Chapel which opened in 1977.

On May 3, 1979 Monsignor Lacey was elected titular Bishop of Diano and Auxiliary to Archbishop G. Emmett Carter of Toronto. He was consecrated on June 21, 1979 in St. Michael's Cathedral by Archbishop Carter who was assisted by Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto Philip F. Pocock and Auxiliary Bishop Aloysius M. Ambrozic of Toronto. Bishop Lacey was appointed Vicar for the western region of the Archdiocese and Director of Priest Personnel, and took up residence at St. Patrick's Parish, Mississauga. Bishop Lacey remained Vicar for the western region and was named Vicar for Priest Personnel rather than Director. He retired on May 31, 1993 and took up residence in Toronto. Bishop Lacey passed away on April 2, 2014.

Media Advisory (April 3, 2014):
Archdiocese of Toronto Mourns the Passing of Retired Auxiliary Bishop Pearse Lacey at the age of 97.

Bishop Lacey

 

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