His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today appointed the Reverend Daniel J. Miehm Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton, Ontario. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Milton, Ontario, which is in the Diocese of Hamilton. He will assist the Bishop of Hamilton, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I. Bishop Crosby is also currently the Co-Treasurer from the English Sector of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishop-elect Daniel Miehm was born on August 27, 1960, in Kitchener, Ontario. He studied at St. Jerome’s College of the University of Waterloo; St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto; Saint Paul University, Ottawa; and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome, where he earned a licentiate in canon law in 1996. On May 6, 1989, he was ordained priest for the Diocese of Hamilton. Since his ordination, he served as pastor in a number of parishes, as well as Associate Rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton, and founding pastor of St. Benedict Parish in 2012.
The new Bishop has also been a Judge and Defender of the Bond of the Hamilton Office of the Toronto Regional Tribunal (1996-2012); an elected representative on the Diocesan Personnel Board (1998-2004); member of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Hamilton (2002-2004); member of the Board for Hamilton Catholic Family Services (2002-2008), of which he was President for three years; and a member of the Board of Governors of St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. At the provincial level, he has served as a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (2004-2010), and since 2012 he has been Chaplain of the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild.
The Diocese of Hamilton has 152 parishes and missions, with a population of 559,290 Catholics, served by 102 diocesan priests, 103 priests who are members of religious institutes, 36 permanent deacons, 250 religious Sisters and Brothers, and 42 lay pastoral workers.