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Patrick Joseph McGrath

His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Patrick Joseph McGrath
Bishop of San José in California
Church Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Diocese San Jose, California
See San Jose, California
Installed November 27, 1999
Predecessor Pierre DuMaine
Successor Incumbent
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Ordination June 7, 1970
Consecration January 25, 1989
Personal details
Born (1945-06-11) June 11, 1945
Dublin, Ireland
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Patrick Joseph McGrath (born June 11, 1945) is the second Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose. Known as P.J., McGrath was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.[1]


  • Early life and ministry 1
  • Episcopal career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life and ministry

McGrath attended St. John’s Seminary in Waterford Republic of 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.[2]

Styles of
Patrick Joseph McGrath
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

Episcopal career

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.


  1. ^ "Patrick Joseph McGrath".  
  2. ^ "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,  
  • Diocese of San Jose biography
  • data

External links

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pierre DuMaine
Bishop of San José in California
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