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Opening Mass

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins is the fourth Cardinal in the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto. After holding various academic appointments, in 1997 he was appointed the Bishop of Saint Paul, Alberta. Two years later, he was named the Archbishop of Edmonton until he was appointed in 2007 as the Archbishop of Toronto. 

In 2007, he became a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Permanent Council, the Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, in Toronto. He is the Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Augustine’s Seminary, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Cemeteries. He is also a trustee of ShareLife’s Advisory Board. From 2008 to 2016 he was President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, and is currently the Vice-President.

Cardinal Collins has served as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, as well as being involved in the Synod of Bishops at a Special Assembly for the Middle East. He has assisted the Holy Father as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland.  

A member of the Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins is a strong voice for Catholic Education in the province of Ontario. He partners with Catholic School Boards and a variety of Catholic Associations to promote and develop Catholic Education throughout our province.

CPCO is deeply grateful that His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins joins our membership at our Annual Conference, to celebrate the Eucharist with us.