Witness: Most Reverend Frederick Henry, Bishop Emeritus of Calgary
Sunday, March 19, 2017 -
It was a great privilege today to do a "farewell" WITNESS Interview for Salt + Light Media with Bishop-emeritus Fred Henry of Calgary on February 26, 2017, the eve of the installation of his successor, Bishop William McGrattan as the eighth bishop of Calgary. A native of London, Ontario, Bishop Frederick Bernard Henry was born on April 11, 1943, the eldest of five sons in the family of Leo and Noreen Henry.
After finishing high school, he entered St. Peter’s Seminary, London. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1968. In 1971, he earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and in 1973 a Licentiate in Theology with a Specialization in Fundamental Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
He was an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at St. Peter’s Seminary from 1973 - 1986 and Dean of Theology and Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary from 1981 - 1986. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of London and Titular Bishop of Carinola and ordained the Episcopate on June 24, 1986. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of Thunder Bay on May 11, 1995 and installed as the seventh Bishop of Calgary on March 19, 1998.
Bishop Henry’s episcopal motto, ‘Dabo Vobis Pastores’ (I will give you pastors) is taken from Jeremiah 3:15 – ‘I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding’. He retired early from Episcopal ministry in Calgary on January 4, 2017 for health reasons, after serving that diocese for 19 years. In this wide-ranging, personal interview, Bishop Fred revealed his boldness, courage, love of the Church and deep gratitude to God for many fruitful years of episcopal ministry in Canada – beginning in London, then Thunder Bay and finally in Calgary for 19 years. Combating abortion, euthanasia and the disregard of the poor all characteristic of our ‘throwaway culture’ – were the hallmarks of his years of generous and prophetic ministry in Calgary.
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