WFMP 2019: October 24, 25 & 26, 2019

Conference Speakers


Information on Conference Speakers will be posted as they are confirmed!

Most Rev. Wayne Joseph Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Toronto

Celebrant: Friday, October 25, 2019 – 11:15 a.m.

Wayne Joseph Kirkpatrick was born on June 5, 1957 in St. Catharines, Ontario, the fourth of five children. He studied at the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s College, earning a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) before entering St. Augustine’s Seminary in 1980. He completed a Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the priesthood on September 1, 1984. He received a Licentiate (Masters) in Canon Law in June 1990 from St. Paul University, Ottawa.

Msgr. Kirkpatrick served the Diocese of St. Catharines in diverse roles since his ordination, including 22 years in diocesan administration, concurrently serving in parish ministry as a pastor for 17 years. He served on the Diocesan Finance Council for 17 years and was elected as chair of the Council of Priests for three terms. He was Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of St. Catharines from April to November 2010. He was named a Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II in June 1999, a papal honour that bestows the title of ‘Monsignor’ on priests recognized for their service to the church.

In May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Toronto. At the time of his appointment, he was serving as Moderator of the Curia, Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of St. Catharines, Rector of the Cathedral and President of the Canadian Canon Law Society. Bishop Kirkpatrick’s episcopal ordination took place at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines, Ontario on July 25, 2012.

As Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Bishop Kirkpatrick will oversee care of the pastoral needs of the Northern Pastoral Region. He has also been appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Religious institutes of men and women in the Archdiocese and Episcopal Vicar for the Francophone community.