REVEREND FATHER TERANCE MCGRATH
1943 - 2022
Obituary of REVEREND FATHER TERANCE MCGRATH
Reverend Father Terance P. McGrath, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, died on Friday, August 26, 2022, at Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Manitoba. Fr. Terance was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Mary Ellen (Mooney) McGrath, his brothers John, Robert and Barry. He is survived by his sisters Lorraine and Sheila and his brother Edward and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was born in Lindsay, Ontario, on August 28, 1943, and received his early education there. Fr. Terance attended St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Toronto, St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, and St. Paul University in Ottawa, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in pastoral counselling.
At 18, Fr. Terance entered the Novitiate for the Society of Scarborough Foreign Missions and served as a Missionary in the Dominican Republic from 1968-1969. Fr. Terance was ordained to the priesthood in his home parish of St. Mary in Lindsay, Ontario, on July 31, 1971. In 1972 the Scarborough Fathers loaned Fr. Terance to the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. He served as the Parochial Vicar of St Edward’s Parish in Winnipeg from 1972-74 and as Director of Adult Education for the Archdiocese in 1973. In 1974 he was appointed as Chaplain at Stony Mountain Federal Prison, as well as Administrator of St Joseph’s Parish in Stony Mountain. In 1977 he was appointed to coordinate Chaplaincy Services at the Matsqui Institute in Abbotsford, B.C. In 1978 Fr. Terance was incardinated as a Priest into the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.
Fr. Terence served in several parishes as a pastor: St Peter’s, Winnipeg (1979-83), Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Winnipeg (1983-92), Notre Dame in Selkirk (1992-95), St Anthony of Padua (WK), Winnipeg (1995-2003) and St. Charles’ Parish in Winnipeg (2003-09). He also served as Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Catholic Women’s League from 1998-2003.
After his retirement in 2009, Fr. Terance served, during the summer months, parishes in the Whiteshell, including Falcon Lake and West Hawk Lake. During the winter months, including this past winter, Fr. Terance served parishes in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, especially in Harlingen, Texas; the clergy and parishioners in Texas much appreciated the fact that Fr. Terance could celebrate Mass in Spanish.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Charles’ Parish, 320 St. Charles Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., with Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, presiding.
Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Lindsay, Ontario.
Interment will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022, at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Lindsay, Ontario.
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