Martin William Currie

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The Most Reverend
Martin William Currie
Personal details
Born (1943-12-11) December 11, 1943 (age 71)
near Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia
Coat of arms of Martin William Currie.

Martin William Currie (born December 11, 1943) is a Roman Catholic prelate. He is currently serving as the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland. Until March 1, 2011, when Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation as Bishop there, he was the Bishop of Grand Falls.


Archbishop Currie was born in Marinette, a small village near Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. His paternal family is of Scottish origin and has connections to the MacDonald and MacPherson clans.

After studying at St. Francis Xavier University and at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax (now part of the Atlantic School of Theology), Currie was ordained priest in 1968. For the next 30 years, Martin Currie served the church in a variety of functions. From 1975 to 1980, he was a missionary and parish priest in Chiclayo, Peru. In 1992, he became vicar general of the Archdiocese of Halifax. In 1998, he was diocesan administrator of the Archdiocese.

In 2001 Martin William Currie became a bishop: He was first appointed to the See of Grand Falls. From September 2006 to May 2007 he served concurrently as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of St. John's in October 2007. He was installed in his Archdiocese on November 30, 2007 and received the pallium of metropolitan bishops on June 29, 2008. In spite of his new and higher office, Archbishop Curie continued to exercise his functions as Bishop of Grand Falls until his retirement as Bishop there on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, when Auxiliary Bishop (assistant bishop) Robert Anthony Daniels of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada, was selected by the Pope to take his place there.

The motto in Archbishop Currie's Coat of Arms is "Dominus fortitudo sperantium" - "... those who hope in the Lord will have their strength renewed ...". (Isaiah 40:31).

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Brendan Michael O'Brien
Archbishop of St. John's
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Faber MacDonald
Bishop of Grand Falls
Succeeded by
Robert Anthony Daniels