Pope Benedict XVI appoints Bishop of Grand Falls

Tuesday, March 01 2011

daniels(CCCB – Ottawa) – His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed the Most Reverend Robert Anthony Daniels, presently Auxiliary Bishop of London, as the new Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland. At the same time, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Martin William Currie from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Grand Falls, while he remains Archbishop of St. John’s.

Bishop “Tony” Daniels was born on June 18, 1957, in Windsor, Ontario. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Peter’s Seminary in London and received a master of divinity degree from the University of Western Ontario.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1983, after which he served as Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of London, as well as President of the National Federation of Presbyteral Councils. On September 21, 2004, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of London, and was ordained Bishop on November 9, 2004. From 2005 to 2008 he was a member of the English Sector Commission for Liturgy of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Diocese of Grand Falls has a Catholic population of 35,850 in 70 parishes and missions, served by 28 diocesan priests, 21 religious Sisters and two lay pastoral assistants.