Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Bishop Appointment: Prendergast

The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Terrence Thomas Prendergast S.J. of Halifax, Canada, as metropolitan archbishop of Ottawa (area 5,818, population 859,000, Catholics 410,635, priests 239, permanent deacons 67, religious 867), Canada. He succeeds Archbishop Marcel Andre J. Gervais, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

I do not know how Traditional Archbishop Prendergast is. Does anyone know anything about Archbishop Prendergast?

Photo Source: Archdiocese of Toronto

13 comment(s):

del_button May 22, 2007 at 9:21 AM
Anonymous said...

Argh!!!! Mat 23:9 "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven"

del_button May 22, 2007 at 12:07 PM
Anonymous said...

He's a Jesuit - most likely a progressive...

del_button May 22, 2007 at 11:29 PM
Anonymous said...

From what I heard - he has been vocal in Halifax - against same-sex marriage and a vocal pro-life voice in the east. He has allowed the Companions of the Cross to come into his diocese.
He used to be at Regis College in Toronto - pretty liberal school.
Hard to tell if he is or not - it was thought he was going to be picked for Toronto.
But we got AB Collins - awesome Archbishop.
He used to be the Aux. Bishop in Toronto for a short while in the 90's.
Pax Christi,
Teresa B.

del_button May 23, 2007 at 3:26 PM
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del_button May 23, 2007 at 7:05 PM
Anonymous said...

This came out today on AB Predergast- may 23


del_button May 23, 2007 at 10:10 PM
Matthew said...

I am glad to hear those things about him, Teresa. Thank you for the link.

Stick Man, you did not read the very next verse when Jesus told us not to call any man "teacher" did you? Really, please read this article of mine for more information:


del_button May 24, 2007 at 7:56 AM
Anonymous said...

I just saw this one as well from Whispers in the Loggia:


Pax Christi,
Teresa B.

(good to hear he's a Montreal Canadien's fan)

del_button May 24, 2007 at 1:00 PM
Anonymous said...

Matthew please go to the following link for more info on Archbishop Prendergast.


I am from the Archdiocese of Halifax and we are truly sorry to see him go.

del_button May 24, 2007 at 6:50 PM
Matthew said...

Good links. He seems like a great bishop. Thanks

del_button May 25, 2007 at 7:04 PM
Mark B in Halifax said...

I am active in the Archdiocese of Halifax and am attending seminar in the Fall of 2007. I can confirm that Archbishop Prendergast is Traditional and Orthodox and will be missed, especially by the young. Halifax under former Bishops was one of the most liberal diocese in Canada but has been Reenergised by Bishop Terry. The Resistance by the self appointed reformers was sometimes nasty and childish. A Great man and great Leader, we will continue to pray for him. Mark

del_button May 25, 2007 at 7:51 PM
Matthew said...

Thank you for that comment, Mark.

del_button May 25, 2007 at 8:23 PM
Anonymous said...

Ottawa is a pretty liberal archdiocese. I am glad he is coming here.

del_button October 16, 2010 at 4:37 PM
Anonymous said...

The Archbishop, in his younger days, taught at Loyola High School in Montreal, in 1968-69. ( I assume that he was a novitiate at the time.) It must be said that Loyola High School, at that time, was a rather forbidding institution -- at least as far as the students were concerned -- ruled with a fist of iron by Father Kenneth Casey SJ. Father Prendergast, as he was known to us, was relatively humane in his teaching of the fourth year honours arts class, in which he was home-room teacher and instructor in Latin. Latin, clearly, came easy to him; perhaps it was not always clear to him that it came with a bit more of a struggle to his students. All things considered, he treated us in a kindly manner. ( On the whole, the school -- teachers and students -- lived in terror of Father Casey.) Father Prendergast clearly took his duties seriously.

The Jesuits taught us logic and hard, unemotional reasoning; as a result, I think, many of us became non-believers. Perhaps there should have been a little more love in the mix.

As one of his former students -- although no longer a Catholic -- I wish Archbishop Prendergast well. He would make, I am sure a superb cardinal, and, who knows? -- pope.

Gary O'Connor

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