Recent News and Events

Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart
Apr202018

Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart

IN 2009, THE NATIONAL CHIEF OF THE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS, Phil Fontaine, along with other representatives, had a moving encounter with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Chief Fontaine told the media he hoped the expression of regret would "close the book" on the issue of apologies for residential school survivors...


2018 Clergy Appointments
Apr202018

2018 Clergy Appointments

The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following clergy appointments, effective Wednesday, June 27, 2018.


Rite of Ordination to the Ministerial Priesthood
Apr162018

Rite of Ordination to the Ministerial Priesthood

All are welcome on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. to celebrate the Rite of Ordination to the Ministerial Priesthood at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.


Chancery Office Open Today
Apr162018

Chancery Office Open Today

The Chancery Office will be open for regular business today, Monday, April 16, 2018.


Sing for Joy
Apr152018

Sing for Joy

A concert of music inspired by the illuminations of The Saint John's Bible takes place on Sunday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Music will be performed by the Diocesan Choir, the combined choirs of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate and the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir. All are welcome!


Saint John’s Bible Viewing Cancelled
Apr152018

Saint John’s Bible Viewing Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, the open viewing for Sunday, April 15th of The Saint Johns Bible at Bishop Farrell Library & Archives has been cancelled.


2018 Wedding Anniversary Mass
Apr132018

2018 Wedding Anniversary Mass

The annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass takes place on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. This is an annual Mass for couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60th plus Wedding Anniversary! To register:


Job Opportunity: Stewardship and Development Coordinator
Apr132018

Job Opportunity: Stewardship and Development Coordinator

The Diocese is searching for a Stewardship and Development Coordinator. This new position will provide logistical, administrative, and communications support to various programs within the Office of Stewardship and Development. To apply:


Gaudete et exsultate: On the call to holiness in today’s world
Apr092018

Gaudete et exsultate: On the call to holiness in today’s world

Today, the Vatican released the latest Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis. Its goal is "to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time." The Exhortation is addressed personally to each and every one of us, whatever our state in life. The Holy Father "exhorts" us to engage in a journey...


2018 Chrism Mass
Apr082018

2018 Chrism Mass

On Monday, March 26, 2018, the Chrism Mass was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton. Bishop Crosby concelebrated the Mass with his college of Priests and was also joined by Archbishop MacDonald. During this Mass, Bishop Crosby consecrates the Holy Chrism and blesses the other oils, and manifests the communion of Priests with their Bishop.


In Memoriam: Reverend Monsignor Edward House
Apr032018

In Memoriam: Reverend Monsignor Edward House

We regret to inform you that Reverend Monsignor Edward House died on March 29, 2018. Please pray that Reverend Monsignor Edward House may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family and friends may be consoled in their faith in Christ. Funeral arrangements can be found here:


Alleluia! He is Risen!
Apr012018

Alleluia! He is Risen!

Today we celebrate Easter, Christ's Resurrection. Alleluia! Have a blessed and joyful Easter! Move forward into the new life of Easter, forever changed by the road that brought you here, closer to the risen Jesus!


Youth Rally 2018: <strong>BE</strong>
Mar282018

Youth Rally 2018: BE

The Office of Youth Ministry, along with The Catholic Youth Organization invites you and the youth of your parish/school to the Diocesan-wide Youth Rally! The rally will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at CYO's Camp Brébeuf, Rockwood. Registration is now open!


The Sacred Triduum
Mar282018

The Sacred Triduum

The Easter Triduum, when we celebrate the suffering, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, is the high point of the Liturgical Year. The celebration of the Easter Triduum opens with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. Find the schedule and attend Masses and Celebrations at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King and at your local parish.


Gathered Into One
Mar272018

Gathered Into One

'The Sacred Liturgy is above all the Worship of God. It is the action of Christ and his Body, the Church, gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.' As a liturgical instruction for the Diocese of Hamilton, the "Gathered Into One" document provides directions to assure that Sacred Liturgy is celebrated with integrity and unity...


The Value of a Funeral: A Catholic Perspective
Mar272018

The Value of a Funeral: A Catholic Perspective

We invite you to watch a video produced by the Diocese of Hamilton, the Diocese of St. Catharines and the Congregation of the Resurrection on the value of funerals. The video touches on the importance of remembering an individual to bring healing.


World Youth Day 2018
Mar242018

World Youth Day 2018

Sunday, March 23rd, 2018 marks the 33rd World Youth Day. In his message, His Holiness, Pope Francis, remarks that "the focus, prayer and reflection of the Church will turn to you young people, with the desire to receive and, above all, to embrace the precious gift that you are to God, to the Church and to the world..."


2018 Papal Honours
Mar152018

2018 Papal Honours

Priests and laity were honoured by Pope Francis in the Diocese of Hamilton on Sunday, March 4th, 2018. His Eminence, Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, conferred the honours with Bishop Crosby in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton. We offer heartfelt congratulations to the recipients – all are eminently worthy!


Diocesan Workshop and Events
Mar092018

Diocesan Workshop and Events

Save the Date! Mark your calendars for these upcoming Diocesan Workshops and Events in April 2018.


The Pope's Prayer Intentions for March: 'For formation in spiritual discernment'
Mar052018

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for March: 'For formation in spiritual discernment'

For the month of March, the Holy Father tells us, "the times in which we live demand that we develop a profound capacity of discernment… To discern, from among all the voices we hear, which is the Lord’s voice."


Diocesan Office Closure
Feb272018

Diocesan Office Closure

The Chancery Office will be closed on February 28th and March 1st. The entire Diocesan staff will be participating in a professional development program facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute (the same organization that offers Good Leaders Good Shepherds). The offices will be open again on March 2nd.


2018 Rite of Election Highlights
Feb262018

2018 Rite of Election Highlights

The Rite of Election is celebrated on or near the First Sunday of Lent with all adults and children of catechetical age who are completing their period of preparation, who have found strength in God’s grace and support in the prayer and example of the community. These celebrations took place at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph on February 11th and at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton on February 18th.


Human Resource Coordinator
Feb262018

Human Resource Coordinator

The Diocese of Hamilton is looking for a Human Resource Coordinator. This new position is responsible for providing support in all key areas of human resources. For more details and to apply, please click:


In Memoriam: Father Anthony Ciavarro
Feb152018

In Memoriam: Father Anthony Ciavarro

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Father Anthony Ciavarro, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Please pray that Father Anthony Ciavarro may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family may be consoled in their faith in Christ.


The Lenten Season
Feb142018

The Lenten Season

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. It is a time of self-examination and reflection as it recalls or prepares for Baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance.


Early Office Closure:<br/>Friday, February 9th
Feb092018

Early Office Closure:
Friday, February 9th

Please be advised that the Chancery Office will be closing at 3:30 p.m. today due to inclement weather.


2018 World Day of the Sick
Feb082018

2018 World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick is an observance started by Pope John Paul II, which falls on the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, on February 11th.

People around the world are encouraged to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to ease the sufferings of the sick.


Rite of Election 2018
Feb052018

Rite of Election 2018

The Rite of Election is celebrated on or near the First Sunday of Lent with the catechumens who will celebrate the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, eucharist) at the upcoming Easter Vigil. We invite you to the upcoming celebrations on Sunday, February 11th in Guelph and Sunday, February 18th in Hamilton.


The 2018 Multicultural Mass
Feb012018

The 2018 Multicultural Mass

On Sunday, January 21st, the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King hosted the annual Multicultural Mass. It was a feast for the senses - joyful music, elaborate and colourful costumes, and a delicious display of food which quickly vanished! The Mass was filled with wonderful hymns...


The Pope's Prayer Intentions for February: Say "No" to Corruption
Feb012018

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for February: Say "No" to Corruption

For the month of February, the Holy Father's intention "Say 'No' to Corruption" is so that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.