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Born: Aug 28, 1943

Date of Passing: Aug 26, 2022

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Reverend Father Terance P. McGrath, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, died on Friday, August 26, 2022, at Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Manitoba.
Fr. Terance was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Mary Ellen (Mooney) McGrath; his brothers, John, Robert and Barry. He is survived by his sisters, Lorraine and Sheila and his brother Edward; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was born in Lindsay, Ontario, on August 28, 1943, and received his early education there. Fr. Terance attended St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Toronto, St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, and St. Paul University in Ottawa, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in pastoral counselling.
At 18, Fr. Terance entered the Novitiate for the Society of Scarborough Foreign Missions and served as a Missionary in the Dominican Republic from 1968-1969. Fr. Terance was ordained to the priesthood in his home parish of St. Mary in Lindsay, Ontario, on July 31, 1971. In 1972 the Scarborough Fathers loaned Fr. Terance to the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. He served as the Parochial Vicar of St. Edward's Parish in Winnipeg from 1972-1974 and as Director of Adult Education for the Archdiocese in 1973. In 1974 he was appointed as Chaplain at Stony Mountain Federal Prison, as well as Administrator of St Joseph's Parish in Stony Mountain. In 1977 he was appointed to coordinate Chaplaincy Services at the Matsqui Institute in Abbotsford, B.C. In 1978 Fr. Terance was incardinated as a Priest into the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.
Fr. Terence served in several parishes as a pastor: St Peter's, Winnipeg (1979-1983), Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Winnipeg (1983-1992), Notre Dame in Selkirk (1992-1995), St Anthony of Padua (WK), Winnipeg (1995-2003) and St. Charles' Parish in Winnipeg (2003-2009). He also served as Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Catholic Women's League from 1998-2003.
After his retirement in 2009, Fr. Terance served, during the summer months, parishes in the Whiteshell, including Falcon Lake and West Hawk Lake. During the winter months, including this past winter, Fr. Terance served parishes in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, especially in Harlingen, Texas; the clergy and parishioners in Texas much appreciated the fact that Fr. Terance could celebrate Mass in Spanish.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Charles' Parish, 320 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg, MB, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., with Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, presiding.
Interment will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at St. Mary's Parish Cemetery in Lindsay, Ontario.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 03, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Father Terry was such a good Priest. He did the marriage classes for my Wife and I and left to another parish prior to our marriage. Father Stan Jaworski married us. Father Terry had such a way with people. I smile from remembering his sermons and talks about being in other parishes and serving the penitentiary. God Bless Father and all his family. Rest in Peace Father. We loved you at OLPH. - Posted by: Greg Braun (OLPH Parishioner ) on: Dec 29, 2022

  • Our prayers to Father McGrath and his family. I only knew him a few years. He was our priest at Falcon Lake church. He always made u feel welcome. We will miss him. - Posted by: Keith Halhead (Parishner) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Our prayers to Father McGrath and his family. I only knew him a few years. He was our priest at Falcon Lake church. He always made u feel welcome. We will miss him. - Posted by: Keith Halhead (Parishner) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Our prayers to Father McGrath and his family. I only knew him a few years. He was our priest at Falcon Lake church. He always made u feel welcome. We will miss him. - Posted by: Keith Halhead (Parishner) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • I've known Father McGrath as a young child in the early 70's at St. Edward's. Our family went through a rough time and Father Terry helped us through. - Posted by: Caroline Spellman (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • Father Terrance was a treasure and an inspiration. His love of God was undoubtedly well carved within his soul. He would unite us in this love for the Lord from the children in CCE to the adults. His wealth of knowledge was amazing as was his enthusiasm and tone. Our deepest condolences to his family and his diocese in Canada. Rest In Peace Father and know that Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Harlingen love you, pray for you, and will miss you dearly. Fly high with the angels back to our real Home! - Posted by: Raul and Dalia Tovar (Parishioners from Harlingen ) on: Sep 11, 2022

  • One was truly blessed if they knew Father Terry. His homilies would transport you straight into the loving arms of God. He never stood behind the podium but walked down from the alter to speak directly to his people. It never mattered how many filled the church because you knew he was speaking to you. Every word came from his heart and never a piece of paper. His love for the church and God was deeply felt and awe inspiring. You left church feeling loved, accepted and stronger in your faith. God Bless you Father Terry. - Posted by: The Kozody's (Parishioners ) on: Sep 06, 2022

  • My condolences and prayers go out to all the McGrath family. I was a neighbour to Fr. Terry's parents in Lindsay for many years, as we lived on Huron St. (one street over ). I didn't really know Fr. Terry, as he was older than me. I was aware that he was a priest in the Winnipeg diocese and during my parish internship year I was at a parish in Winnipeg called Our Lady of Perpetual Help, under the formation of Fr. Stan Jaworski. Early on in my internship, I met Fr. Terry at a priest meeting. When they introduced me, Fr. Terry yells out, " I use to babysit him"! Fr. Terry's mother and father were very nice. In fact, his father, was the maintenance guy at St. Mary's school in Lindsay for many years. Your all in my prayers and God bless you! - Posted by: Fr. Jerry Gauvreau (friend) on: Sep 03, 2022

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