Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, DD
Born in Marathon, Ontario in 1949, Bishop Douglas Crosby is the oldest of seven children of Natalie and David Crosby.
Bishop Crosby attended elementary and high schools in Marathon, Ontario, New Richmond, Quebec, and Sudbury, Ontario. He entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1968, making first profession in 1969 and final profession in 1973. He graduated from Carleton University (St. Patrick's College) in Ottawa in 1972 and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and French. He completed his B.Th. at St. Paul University in 1975 and his Master's in Pastoral Studies (Counselling) in 1976.
Bishop Crosby was ordained a priest on September 27, 1975, and was appointed Assistant Pastor of the Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City, 1976-1981. He served as vocation director, coordinator of provincial services, Pastor of St. Joseph's Parish, and eventually Provincial Superior of St. Peter's Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. As Provincial, he was elected President of the Oblate Conference of Canada. He subsequently served as Director of the CCCB Missions Office and English-language General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
He was appointed Bishop on November 4, 1997. His episcopal ordination was held on January 2, 1998 at St. Joseph's Parish, Ottawa, and his installation at the Cathedral in Labrador City on January 4, 1998, feast of the Epiphany. On August 6, 2003, Bishop Douglas Crosby was appointed Bishop of St. George's, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. He was installed during a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception, Corner Brook, On September 9, 2007. The Diocese of Labrador City - Schefferville was formally suppressed and became part of the new Diocese. The new Diocese is called the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.
Bishop Crosby became Ordinary of the Diocese of Hamilton on September 24, 2010 and took possession of the Diocese during a ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the King on November 8, 2010. On Tuesday, September 16, 2015, on the second day of its meeting, the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) elected Bishop Crosby as its next President.