Yesterday saw the installation of the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough, His Excellency Bishop William McGrattan. Before the installation, Fr. Thomas Rosica had a chance talk with the outgoing bishop of Peterborough, Bishop Nicola Di Angelis.
Fr. Rosica also had the opportunity to also speak to Bishop McGrattan before his installation.
Mass began with nearly 30 bishops entering the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains to organ and brass. The installing bishop, His Grace Archbishop Brendan O’Brien the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kingston welcomed the assembly in his capacity as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kingston, of which the Diocese of Peterborough is a part. After thanking Bishop Di Angelis for his service, he then invited Bishop McGrattan to enter the Cathedral and take possession of his See. After the presentation of the apostolic letter, Archbishop O’Brien led the new bishop to his Cathedra whereby he assumed his new post.
After words from His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, the Apostolic Nuncio His Grace Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi delivered greetings from the Holy Father, thanking Bishop Di Angelis for his dedication and service, as well as wishing the best to Bishop McGrattan in his new role as the Bishop of Peterborough.
Bishop McGrattan then received representatives of both the religious and the laity from the Diocese of Peterborough to officially welcome him as their new bishop. Mass then proceeded with the liturgy of the word and the Eucharist celebrated by the new bishop. Following communion, Bishop McGrattan took a few moments to speak to his new flock.
In Tay Township, Ontario, a new Trail and Pilgrim Route has opened. Beginning in Barrie, Ontario it leads north and culminates at Martyrs Shrine, the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. It is a collaborative effort of the Shrine, Georgian Bay Trails and Simcoe County Trails. The opening ceremony, which took place this past Saturday, was attended by pilgrims, priests as well as civic officials from the area. It included a special blessing as well as a smudging ceremony that preceded the official ribbon cutting to open the route. The first walkers traversed just 10 of the 89 kilometres of the route after which they celebrated mass at the Shrine followed by a tour and bannock making. The route is the first phase in creating a Canadian Camino that will span from Toronto north to the Shrine. Many groups from places like Burlington, Guelph and Toronto already do walking pilgrimages by the thousands each summer, often utilizing busy roads. The pilgrim route now gives an off-road nature-friendly option to pilgrims to journey on foot to the shrine.