Catholic Register Staff

Catholic Register Staff

Since its founding as a diocese on Dec. 17, 1841, Toronto has had 12 chief shepherds. Below are short profiles of the 10 archbishops/bishops who preceded Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic. Much of this information was supplied by the Archives of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

The motto “Deum Adora” (Worship God) is taken from the Book of Revelation 22: 9. When St. John seeks to worship the angel who has shown him the great visions of the book, the angel rebukes him: “Worship God.” It is God who claims our adoration and loyalty, in worship and in action. St. Thomas More expressed this when in his last words before martyrdom he said: “I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” Our priorities in life must be clear and determined by our adoration of the Lord.

The shield with a gold cross on a red background is based on that of St. Peter’s Seminary. The Alpha and Omega recall the Book of Revelation 22:13, where Jesus says: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” The open Bible and the chalice represent the two great ways in which we experience Jesus in the church, in word and sacrament.

Editor’s note: A few days before officially being installed as chief shepherd of Toronto, Archbishop Thomas Collins sat down with The Catholic Register to talk about what it means to be a bishop and how the local diocesan church relates to its many parts. Below are some excerpts from that interview.

Editor’s note: The following charities were the recipients of the proceeds from this past year’s Cardinal’s Dinner, held Nov. 9, 2006, at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. In total, $173,000 was raised for the various charities.

TORONTO - Redemptorist Father John Francis Corkery, in his 65th year of religious life, passed away in Toronto Jan. 23. He was 88.

TORONTO - Toronto’s newest archbishop used his installation Mass Jan. 30 to call on his flock to help build a “New Jerusalem” on earth. While the real New Jerusalem can only be found after our death, we can strive while we are alive to live as if we are already among its residents, said Archbishop Thomas Collins.

{mosimage}TORONTO — Visiting the sick in hospital, or the imprisoned in jails, is more than just a question of being there. Learn how to be a visitor in an eight-week course in “Spiritual and Religious Care Visitor Training” at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1001 Queen St. W. in Toronto, Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 5. For more information about the $70 course, call (416) 535-8501 ext. 2189/2188 or e-mail or

September 6, 2007

Care week next month

{mosimage}TORONTO (Catholic Register Staff) — The Ontario Multifaith Council is sponsoring Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week Oct. 21 to 27.

{mosimage}TORONTO - A new Toronto-based monthly online magazine dedicated to the pro-life cause has just launched.

Jennifer Ha started from home on a shoestring budget in August.

{mosimage}TORONTO - ShareLife raised $13,645,967 in this year’s fund-raising campaign to support charities throughout the archdiocese of Toronto , surpassing the goal of $12 million set when the campaign kicked off earlier this year.