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New Archbishop Named for Halifax

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Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ(Ottawa - CCCB) -- His Holiness Pope John Paul II today named Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, as Archbishop of Halifax. He had been Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto since February 1995. He replaces Most Rev. Austin E. Burke, who retired earlier this year.

Archbishop-elect Prendergast was born in Montreal in 1944, joined the Society of Jesus in 1961, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. He is a noted Scripture scholar who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, New York, a master's and licentiate in theology, and a doctorate in Scripture from Regis College at the University of Toronto. In addition, he taught at Regis College from 1981 until he was named Bishop, and served for three years as the Dean of Regis College.

Archbishop Prendergast lectured in New Testament studies at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax where he also served as Director of Priestly Formation from 1975 to 1981. The new Archbishop has also been guest lecturer at many theological institutes, both nationally and internationally and was a visiting professor at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem.

At the national level, Archbishop-elect Prendergast is the current Chairman of the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Relations with Clergy, Consecrated Life and Laity. Prior to his episcopal ordination, he was a member of one of the working groups of the CCCB's Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, and also served as executive secretary to the Vatican-mandated Apostolic Visitation of English-speaking Canadian Seminaries. The new Archbishop has also been active in ecumenical and inter-faith activities including the Christian-Jewish dialogue of Toronto and the national Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue.

The Archdiocese of Halifax has a Catholic population of 152,515 with 53 parishes and missions served by 85 priests, 26 permanent deacons and 334 religious sisters and brothers.


For More Information Contact:
Deacon William Kokesch
Director, Communications Service

 

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