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Born: Sep 27, 1924

Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2002

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MOST REVEREND LEONARD JAMES WALL S.T.D., D.D. Most Reverend Leonard James Wall, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, died at his residence on Tuesday, March 5, 2002, beloved son of the late Florence (Pageau) and James E. Wall; brother of Monica Boyle of Toronto, Margaret Anne Wall of Burlington, Vincent (and Teresa) Wall of Guelph and the late Claire Marie (and Howard) Greason of Toronto. He was Uncle Leonard to 13 nieces and nephews and 16 grand-nieces and nephews. Leonard Wall was born September 27, 1924 in , ON and received his early education in Toronto. He then studied at De La Salle, Oaklands, St. Augustines Seminary, the University of Toronto (B.A.), Laval University (S.T.L.) and the Angelicum University in Rome where he received his doctorate in Sacred Theology. Following ordination to the priesthood on June 11, 1949, Archbishop Wall served as an assistant in two parishes. In 1951 he was appointed secretary to the Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal McGuigan and from 1954 - 1969 served as a professor at St. Augustines Seminary as well as Vice-Rector from 1964 - 1969. Other appointments included Archdiocesan Director, Catholic Womens League (1960) Chaplain, Metropolitan Toronto Police (1962) and involvement in Catholic education, Catholic Missions in Canada (then called the Catholic Church Extension Society) and the Sharelife campaigns. From 1969 - 1992 he served as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Toronto and during that time also served as Vicar General. On June 21, 1979 he was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto. On February 25, 1992 Pope John Paul II named him as fifth Archbishop of Winnipeg. He was officially installed in St. Marys Cathedral on April 8, 1992. During his time as Archbishop, he became the first Chancellor of St. Pauls College at the University of Manitoba and in 1998 he received the Caritas Award for his leadership in the Catholic community. He served as Archbishop of Winnipeg until June 7, 2000 when the Holy Father accepted his resignation upon having reached mandatory retirement. After retirement he returned to Toronto where once again he resided at St. Augustines Seminary. The liturgical reception of his earthly remains will take place on Monday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Marys Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Ave. Viewing will continue until 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will follow at 7:30 p.m. in St. Marys Cathedral, Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg, presiding. The pallbearers will be six of the seven priests ordained by Archbishop Wall, Reverends, Jose Cabral, Gerald Langevin, Michel Nault, Mark Tarrant, Michael Wollbaum and Dominic Yuen. Interment will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at St. Marys Cemetery which has been the traditional resting place of deceased Archbishops of Winnipeg. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2002

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