The Archdiocese of Winnipeg at 100: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow




 Dr. Terence J. Fay SJ



Dr. Terence J. Fay is a Jesuit priest who taught history at St Paul’s College for fourteen years and initiated a course in Catholic history. Since then he has taught at the University of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and written A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism, and Canadianism (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2002) and The New Faces of Canadian Catholics: The Asians (Novalis, 2009).


He is past president of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association and editor of its Bulletin for 23 years. He is a long-term member of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association Executive and former member of the American Catholic Historical Association Executive Council. He has published articles and reviews in historical journals in Canada, Ireland, England, Italy, the United States, Philippines and Thailand, and his biographical articles on Canadian Jesuits were published in Spanish at Rome in the Diccionario Histórico de la Compañía de Jesús. He currently has a new manuscript entitled Saints and Sinners in Canadian Catholic Spirituality ready for publication -- from which some insights for this paper on were taken.       


Dr. Peter Meehan




Dr. Peter Meehan is the Principal pro tem of St. Mark’s College and President of Corpus Christi College. St. Mark’s, the theological college affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Corpus Christi, the liberal arts college, are both located on UBC’s Vancouver campus.


A Canadian Historian with a particular interest in the social, educational and political history of the Catholic Church in Canada, Dr. Meehan holds degrees in History from the University of Toronto (B.A., B.Ed., Ed.D.)  and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in History from the University of Windsor.


Dr. Meehan is an experienced educator and administrator.  He has previously served in different capacities at Seneca College in Toronto, including as Dean, Academic Quality and Partnerships and Chair of the School of Arts and Science. He was also an adjunct professor of Church History in the Toronto School of Theology (St. Augustine's Seminary).


He is a past president of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association, and for five years served as Editor of the refereed journal Historical Studies (2002-2007). Dr. Meehan has been commissioned by the archdiocese of Toronto to write the official biography of Philip Pocock, third Archbishop of Winnipeg and Seventh Archbishop of Toronto.  In 2011 he was awarded the Paul Bator Memorial Award for his article “’Purified Socialism’ and the Church in Saskatchewan: Tommy Douglas, Philip Pocock and Hospitalization, 1944-1948.”  Dr. Meehan currently serves as member of the board of Vancouver College, served by the Congregation of Christian Brothers.


Dr. Meehan and his wife Laura have four children: Peter Edward, Bridget, Claire and Rory.


 Archbishop Michael Miller




Archbishop Michael Miller, chief shepherd of Vancouver’s 450,000 Catholics since January 2009, has been a prominent part of the city’s religious landscape since 2007, when Pope Benedict XVI named him Coadjutor Archbishop to assist Archbishop Raymond Roussin.

In the 40 years since his ordination, he has held a remarkable number of positions, from serving as President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, to the Vatican’s secretary for Catholic education.

Born in Ottawa in 1946, Archbishop Miller grew up in the nation’s capital before attending the University of Toronto. It was there that he entered the novitiate of the Basilian Fathers, making his first profession of vows in 1966.

After teaching high school for a year, he earned his Master of Divinity at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and then went to Rome to complete his Licentiate and Doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 1975 he was ordained a priest by Blessed Pope Paul VI.

From 1992 to 1997 Archbishop Miller worked in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and in 2003, Pope Saint John Paul II appointed him to the episcopacy and named him secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and vice president of the Pontifical Work of Priestly Vocations.

Archbishop Miller currently serves on the Commission for Christian Unity of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and represents the Conference at the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses.

In addition to English, Archbishop Miller is fluent in Spanish, Italian and French. He has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world and is a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching. He has written seven books on topics ranging from the Holy See’s teaching on Catholic schools, to the development of the papacy and the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II. His book The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools is currently in use in the 45 schools of the Archdiocese.

In addition to his positions as Chancellor of St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College, Archbishop Miller is president of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese, and since his arrival in Vancouver, he has implemented the Apostolate of Catholic Education for Teachers, established a First Nations Ministry office, opened an official communications office, and overseen the launch of new and highly regarded website.