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Timeline: The Making of a Cardinal...

  • 1947:
    Born in Guelph, Ontario on on January 16

  • 1972:
    Ordained to the diaconate on May 14

  • 1973:
    Ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton, Ontario on May 5

  • 1997:
    - Ordained to the episcopate (bishops) in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton, Ontario on May 14
    - Created Bishop of Saint Paul, Alberta on June 30

  • 1999:
    Created Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta, June 7

  • 2001:
    Served as Apostolic Administrator of Saint Paul, Alberta from March 26 to November 9

  • 2007:
    Created Archbishop of Toronto, Ontario on January 26 (to present)

Education

  • 1969:
    Bachelor of Arts in English, St. Jerome College, Waterloo, Ontario

  • 1973:
    - Bachelor of Theology (B.Th), St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario
    - M.A. in English, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

  • 1978:
    Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L), Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

  • 1986:
    Doctorate in Theology (S.T.D.), Gregorian University, Rome
    (dissertation: Apocalypse 22:6-21 as the Focal Point of Moral Teaching and Exhortation in the Apocalypse)

Honorary Doctorates

  • 2007:
    Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, Ontario

  • 2008:
    Doctor of Humane Letters, Niagara University, Niagara, New York

Previous Positions

  • 1973:
    - Associate Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Burlington, Ontario
    - Associate Pastor, Christ the King Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario
    - Teacher and Chaplain, Cathedral Boys' High School, Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1978:
    - Lecturer, Department of English, King's College, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
    - Lecturer, Scripture, St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario

  • 1981:
    Group Leader and Spiritual Director, St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario

  • 1985:
    Associate Professor, Scripture, St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario

  • 1989:
    Associate Editor, Discover the Bible

  • 1992:
    - Dean, Theology, St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario
    - Vice-Rector, St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario

  • 1995-1997:
    Rector, Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario

  • 1997-1999:
    Bishop, St. Paul, Alberta

  • 1997-2001:
    Member, National Commission of Theology, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • 1999-2001:
    Chairman, National Commission of Theology, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • 1999-2003:
    Member, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Permanent Council

  • 2001-2003:
    Chairman, National Commission for Christian Unity, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • 1999-2007:
    - President, Alberta Conference of Catholic Bishops
    - Chairman, Newman Theological College Board of Governors, Edmonton
    - Chairman, St. Joseph's College Board of Governors, University of Alberta, Edmonton
    - Member, Board of Directors, Caritas Health Group, Edmonton
    - Member, Board of Directors, Alberta Catholic Health Corporation

Current Positions

  • 2007:
    - Member, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Permanent Council
    - Chancellor, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
    - Chancellor, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Ontario
    - Chair, Board of Governors, St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto, Ontario
    - Chair, Board of Directors, Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, Toronto, Ontario
    - Chairman, Board of Directors, Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Toronto
    - Trustee, Advisory Board, ShareLife, Toronto, Ontario
    - Chairman, Board of Directors, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Toronto

  • 2008:
    - President, Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario
    - Board Member, Catholic Near East Welfare Association

  • 2010:
    - Member, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
    - Apostolic Visitor, Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Ireland
    - Member, Synod of Bishops, Special Assembly for the Middle East, Rome

  • 2011:
    - Member, International Commission on English in the Liturgy
    - Delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus

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