Patrick Joseph McGrath

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Patrick Joseph McGrath
Bishop of San José in California
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Church Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Archdiocese San Francisco
Diocese San Jose
Appointed June 30, 1998
Installed November 27, 1999
Predecessor Pierre DuMaine
Ordination June 7, 1970
Consecration January 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
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Styles of
Patrick Joseph McGrath
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

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.

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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