Death of His Eminence Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto

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ambrozic(CCCB – Ottawa)… His Eminence Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto, died on August 26, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was 81 years old. The late Cardinal was a priest for 56 years and Bishop for 35 years. He served as the ninth Archbishop of Toronto, from 1990 to 2006. He was made Cardinal by Pope John Paul II at the Consistory of February 21, 1998.  

Cardinal Ambrozic was born in Gaberje, Slovenia, the second of the seven children of Aloysius Ambrozic and his wife, Helen Pecar. In September 1948 the family emigrated to Canada and settled near Toronto. On June 4, 1955, following studies at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, the future Cardinal was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Toronto. After further studies in Rome and Germany, where he earned his doctorate, he taught exegesis at the Toronto School of Theology, 1970 to 1976. His book on the Gospel of Mark, The Hidden Kingdom, is considered an exegetical classic.

He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on May 27, 1976, and appointed Coadjutor Archbishop on May 22, 1986. He became Archbishop of Toronto on March 17, 1990.

Cardinal Ambrozic was an ex officio member of the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and also served on a number of its Commissions. He was chair of the former Department for Christian Education, Migration and Tourism as well as of the former Liaison Committee with theological institutions in the English Sector. He also served as a member of various assemblies of the Synod of Bishops, being appointed by the Holy Father to the 1994 Synod on the Consecrated Life and as a CCCB delegate to the 1990 Synod on the Formation of Priests.

The Holy Father appointed Cardinal Ambrozic to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in 1990; the Congregation for Clergy in 1991; the Pontifical Council for Culture in 1993; and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 1999. He participated in the Conclave that led to the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005.

Visitation is open to the public at St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, Tuesday afternoon, August 30, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., with the Office for the Dead at 8:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., also at the Cathedral.

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has sent his condolences to the Most Reverend Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

See the website of the Archdiocese of Toronto for more information:
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