Bishop Paul F. Reding
1973 - 1983
Credit: Rader-Lopez Photography
Bishop Paul F. Reding was the seventh Bishop for the Diocese of Hamilton. He was born in Hamilton on 14 February 1925. He attended St. Ann's Separate School and Cathedral Boys' High School in Hamilton and went on to St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1950. In 1952 he was appointed Secretary to Bishop Ryan and in 1955 he became Chancellor for the Diocese of Hamilton. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in 1966 and succeeded Bishop Ryan as Ordinary in 1973. Bishop Reding was noted for being a skilled administrator; he initiated several changes to the functioning of the diocese including de-centralizing administration, making greater usage of deans, and ensuring that all lay employees received fair wages and benefits. He was a committed member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, acting as treasurer and vice-president in 1981. That same year Bishop Reding oversaw the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Hamilton. In 1983 Bishop Reding passed due to cancer at the age of 58.