|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1940|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 2007|
Monsignor Anthony Giroux Meagher was born on November 17, 1940, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He attended St. Gregory's Separate School and O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Oshawa. He earned his B.A., from the University of Toronto and entered St. Augustine's Seminary shortly afterwards. He left the Seminary in 1966, before being ordained and taught for two years at Port Colborne District High School. He then returned to Oshawa and taught English and coached basketball at Paul Dwyer High School. In 1971 he reentered St. Augustine's Seminary and was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Mary of the People Parish, Oshawa on June 17, 1972, at the age of 31.
Father Meagher served as Associate Pastor at St. Michael's Cathedral from 1972 till 1976 and at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Whitby from 1976 until 1981, becoming Administrator in 1980. On June 30, 1981, he was appointed Pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish, Willowdale, where he remained until June of 1992. He was then appointed Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Bramalea.
In 1981, Father Meagher became Secretary to the Priests Senate of the Archdiocese of Toronto, and became a Member of the Priests Personnel Board in August of 1992.
On April 29, 1997, Father Meagher was appointed Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Toronto by Pope John Paul II, receiving his Episcopal Consecration with the Titular See of Dura at St. Michael's Cathedral on June 26, 1997, from Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, assisted by Future Cardinal, Archbishop Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino of Valencia, Venezuela, and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Michael Pearse Lacey of Toronto. Upon his consecration, Bishop Meagher became Vicar of the Northern Region of the Archdiocese.
Meagher was appointed as the Eighth Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Kingston on April 27, 2002, following the retirement of Msgr. Francis John Spence. He was installed in Kingston on the following August 13. Shortly after his installation, Meagher was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His open acceptance of his illness made him turn it into a ministry to the sick, which proved an inspiration to other sufferers from that disease.
Monsignor Meagher, passed away on the evening of Sunday, January 14, 2007, at the age of 66, following advanced complications from kidney cancer, at his family home in Oshawa. The Archbishop's Funeral Service in Kingston on Friday drew some 1,300 mourners, even though he only served the Archdiocese for less than five years. Meagher left a great impact on people and was well loved and highly respected. He is found buried in the Family Plot at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Whitby. His internment, drew hundreds to the Cemetery.
Saint John the Evangelist Cemetery
Durham Regional Municipality
Plot: Family Plot.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27811196
Added: Nov. 16, 2012
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Archbishop Meagher, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
Added: Jul. 21, 2011
Added: Jul. 9, 2008