Patrick Joseph McGrath

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Patrick Joseph McGrath
Bishop of San José in California
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ChurchCathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
ArchdioceseSan Francisco
DioceseSan Jose
AppointedJune 30, 1998
InstalledNovember 27, 1999
PredecessorPierre DuMaine
OrdinationJune 7, 1970
ConsecrationJanuary 25, 1989
by John R. Quinn, Mark Joseph Hurley, and Michael Joseph Kaniecki
Personal details
Born (1945-06-11) June 11, 1945 (age 73)
Dublin, Ireland Republic of Ireland
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Styles of
Patrick Joseph McGrath
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Patrick Joseph McGrath (born June 11, 1945) is the second Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose.

Early life and ministry[edit]

McGrath attended St. John’s Seminary in Waterford, Ireland, where he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1970. He served as the parochial vicar of St. Anne of the Sunset Parish in San Francisco, and in the archdiocesan tribunal. He went to Rome to continue his education and earned a doctorate in Canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1977. He returned to San Francisco and was appointed the Vice-Officialis, then Officialis, of the archdiocesan tribunal and pastor of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.[1]

Episcopal career[edit]

McGrath was named auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and titular bishop of Allegheny on December 6, 1988, and consecrated on January 25, 1989, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption; archbishop John Raphael Quinn served as his principal consecrator. McGrath was named coadjutor bishop of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on June 30, 1998, and became the ordinary of the diocese upon the retirement of bishop Pierre DuMaine on November 27, 1999.

In 2018 McGrath drew international media attention for the diocesan purchase of a US$2.3 million, 3269 square foot, five-bedroom home in Silicon Valley intended for use as McGrath's retirement residence.[2][3] One day after the story appeared, McGrath said he would order the home sold, and that he would live in a rectory in one of the diocese's parishes.[4]. He wrote a letter to be read at all parishes in the Diocese and inserted into their Sunday Bulletins regarding the matter.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pope Accepts Bishop Mcfarland's Resignation, Names Bishop Tod Brown to Orange; Bishop Mcgrath Appointed Coadjutor of San Jose; Msgr. Wester Is Named Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco" (Press release). Office of Media Relations, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 29, 1998. Archived from the original on August 3, 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  2. ^ Woolfolk, John (August 26, 2018). "San Jose Diocese buys bishop $2.3 million retirement home". The Mercury News. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Church buys five-bedroom, $2.3m Silicon Valley home for retiring bishop". The Guardian. August 27, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Green, Jason (August 27, 2018). "Retiring S.J. bishop confesses error in judgment, won't move into $2.3 million home". The Mercury News. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Diocese of San Jose". August 27, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pierre DuMaine
Bishop of San Jose
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Succeeded by