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Diocese of Pembroke
188 Renfrew St. P.O Box 7
Pembroke, ON
K8A 6X1
Phone: (613) 732-7933 Ex. 201
Fax: (613) 732-1679

Secretary to the Bishop: 
Carole Dufour

Msgr.  Douglas Bridge

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Rev. Michael Smith



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Biography: Most Reverend Michael Mulhall PDF Print E-mail

mulhal-michael-ordinationMost Reverend Michael Mulhall was born in Peterborough, Ontario, on February 25, 1962, one of five children of Vernon and Maureen Mulhall. He received his elementary and secondary education in Peterborough and then studied at Trent University where he obtained his B.A. in 1985. He pursued theological studies in Rome at the Angelicum (S.T.B.—1988) and at the Augustinianum (S.T.L.—1991) while following the formation program at the North American College.

Bishop Mulhall was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Peterborough on july 21, 1989. From 1991 to 1994, he served in Huntsville. From 1994 to 2002, he served as an official of the Holy See in the Congregation for Oriental Churches. Returning to his native diocese in 2002, he served again briefly in Huntsville and then in Hastings.

In 2003, he was given added responsibilities as Chancellor for Spiritual Affairs and in 2004, as Vicar General of the Diocese of Peterborough. He occupied these positions until June 30, 2007, when he was appointed Bishop of Pembroke, Ontario, by Pope Benedict XVI. He was ordained as the eighth Bishop of Pembroke in St. Columbkille’s Cathedral, Pembroke, Ontario, on September 21, 2007 by the Most Reverend Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada.

Coat of Arms of Bishop Mulhall

The upper one-third of the design, heraldically known as “the chief”, is divided into two portions. On the right side is a blue field with a silver crescent surrounded by a scattering of twelve gold stars. This symbolism is emblematic of Our Blessed Lady in her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the North American College, in Rome, where Bishop Mulhall completed his formation for priestly ordination. On the left is green with three gold stars. This symbolism is taken from the Mulhall family arms. In the major section across the centre is a representation of the heraldic fur ermine, which is a representation of the Hickey family arms. Through the use of these symbmols, His Excellency acknowledges the heritage that has come to him from his parents, Vernon and Maureen Mulhall.


The Bishop’s home diocese of Peterborough is represented in the lower left by the blue field with the inverted Latin cross (Saint Peter), and to the right the green field with the peace dove standing upon the gold sword represents the Diocese of Pembroke (Saint Columbkille).

Bishop Mullhall’s motto is “Fiduciam habemus apud Deum” — “We have confidence before God”, the confidence of adoption. Jesus, the Son and Word, who was with God from eternity (John 1.1) has won for us the confidence of friendship before God our creator.

This same idea was dear to the contemplatives of later generations. In their pursuit for holiness, the monks of the desert of Palestine of the 5th adopted this same Greek notion of confidence of boldness (parresia). The monks, following the Apostle John’s writings, applied the notion to our relationship with Christ, the confidence or boldness with which we address a dear friend who loves us and who guides us daily. As the Christian makes progress in spiritual perfection through prayer and self-denial, one grows each day in confidence (fiducia).

Today, as in every age, the Risen Christ calls each of us to that same intimate friendship which listens and responds to the Beloved with confidence. It is a confidence that He has given through the mystery of His Church. May we appreciate the invitation that Christ offers and grow each day in confidence (fiducia-parresia).

Deacon Paul Sullivan
Diocese of Providence, RI




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