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Auxiliary Bishops

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2021 - 

Bishop Wayne Lobsinger

Bishop Wayne Lawrence Lobsinger, Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton and Titular Bishop of Gemellae in Numidia, was born in Kitchener, Ontario on December 1, 1966, the first child of Larry and Eileen Lobsinger.

Bishop Lobsinger was ordained for the Diocese of Hamilton to the Priesthood, along with seven other men, on May 7, 1994. After ordination, he served in 4 Parishes as Associate Pastor and 4 Parishes as Pastor.

He has fulfilled several roles in the Diocese: Spiritual Director for the Legion of Mary for 24 years, Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Ustrzycki for nine years, Member of the Priest’s Personnel Board for six years, Chair of the Presbyteral Council for six years, Member of the College of Consultors for ten years, Vicar for Consecrated Life for seven years and part-time Spiritual Director at St. Peter Seminary, London, for five years.

On November 21, 2020, Memorial of the Presentation of Mary, he was named Bishop by Pope Francis. He was originally scheduled to be ordained on February 2, 2021, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, however due to the pandemic his Episcopal Ordination was rescheduled and was celebrated on April 18, 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton.

As part of his new ministry, Bishop Lobsinger has also been named Vocation Director, one of the Vicar Generals for the Diocese, while maintaining his role as Vicar for Consecrated Life.

2013 - 2017

Bishop Daniel Miehm

On February 20, 2013, His Excellency, Archbishop Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, announced the appointment of Reverend Fr. Daniel J. Miehm, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. Bishop Daniel Miehm was born on August 27, 1960 in Kitchener, Ontario. After studies at St. Jerome's College, University of Waterloo and St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, he was ordained to the Priesthood on May 6, 1989, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton. He was ordained Bishop at the Cathedral on May 7, 2013. Bishop Miehm holds a Master's degree in Divinity from St. Augustine’s Seminary and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the University of St. Tomasso (Angelicum) in Rome.

During his ministry in the Diocese of Hamilton, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Stoney Creek and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton, and as Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Hamilton and St. Ann Parish in Ancaster. Bishop Miehm also served as a member and representative on various Councils in the Diocese. From 1996 to 2012, he served as Judge and Defender of the Bond on the Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal. In June 2012, he was appointed Founding Pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Milton where he was serving at the time of his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton. Bishop Miehm was also Chaplain for the St. Thomas More Lawyers' Guild, Moderator of the Pastoral Offices of the Diocese of Hamilton, and had oversight of the Permanent Deacons.

On a national level, Bishop Miehm serves the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as co-chair of the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue and as liaison to Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry. He also serves on the Education Commission for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO).

On March 10, 2017, Most Rev. Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada announced that His Holiness, Pope Francis, had appointed Bishop Daniel Miehm as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. He was installed as as Bishop of Peterborough on April 19, 2017.

2005 - 2010

Photograph of Bishop Gerard P. Bergie

Credit: Bochsler Studios Photography

Bishop Gerard P. Bergie was born in Hamilton on 4 January 1959. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School and Cathedral High School. During his childhood he was an avid hockey player, as well as an altar server in his home parish of Sts. Peter and Paul. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Hamilton on 12 May 1984 by Bishop Tonnos. He served in several parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton including St. Margaret Mary, St. Francis Xavier, and Our Lady of Lourdes. On 24 August 2005 Rev. Bergie was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton and Titular Bishop of Tabae. Bishop Bergie was also appointed as the Chancellor of the Diocese, acting in this role from 1994–2001 and then from 2005–10. Bishop Bergie holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the University of Western Ontario and a licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He has also served on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. On 9 November 2010 Bishop Bergie was appointed the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines.

1985 - 2007

Grayscale photo of Bishop Matthew F. Ustrzycki

Credit: Bochsler Studios Photography

Bishop Matthew F. Ustrzycki was the Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Hamilton under Bishop Tonnos. He was born in St. Catharines on 25 March 1932 and ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Hamilton on 30 May 1959. On 10 May 1985 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for Hamilton and Titular Bishop of Nationa. He retired on 1 June 2001 but continues to serve the Diocese as Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus.

1978 - 1982

Grayscale photo of Bishop James H. MacDonald

Credit: Bochsler-Lopez Photography

James H. MacDonald was born on 28 April 1925. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1953 for the Congregation of the Holy Cross. On 9 February 1978 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton and Titular Bishop of Gibba. He remained with the Diocese of Hamilton until 1982 when he became Bishop of Charlottetown, P.E.I. In 1991 he was appointed Archbishop of St. John's, Newfoundland. Archbishop MacDonald retired on 4 December 2000.


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