10 February 2021

Comerford profiles: Father Bill Comerford,
a Redemptorist priest in Canada

Father Bill Comerford (left) and Father David Purcell enjoying a visit to a mountain sky lift in Squamish, British Columbia

Patrick Comerford

Father Bill Comerford is a retired Redemptorist priest who has been in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1970 and was the Archdiocesan liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Toronto for 17 years.

Bill has served the Roman Catholic Church and the Redemptorist congregation in many capacities. He is known for leading retreats, Masses and prayers for healing the family tree, giving talks, teaching, and he has been involved in individual prayer ministry.

Father Bill Comerford was born in Ottawa, Ontario and moved with his family to Oshawa in 1940. He entered the minor seminary at Saint Mary’s College in Brockville, Ontario, in 1949. After his seminary studies at Woodstock and Holy Redeemer College in Windsor, Ontario, he was ordained a priest in 1962 by the late Cardinal Emmett Cardinal Carter, at that time the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of London.

He has been a high school chaplain, worked in parishes, and preached on Redemptorist missions. He served as a pastor of the inner-city parish of Holy Name in Toronto from 1993 to 2001.

He then became Vicar Superior of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Redemptorist monastery in Toronto. He has been living in Vancouver since 2009, and continues his work of teaching and preaching.

Bill has also worked closely with Joan Green, a Redemptorist oblate, in individual healing ministry for many years. She is well known in Toronto for her counselling and healing ministry.

Although Joan Green has been severely disabled with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since her childhood, she has led a productive life through her ministry of the pen and spiritual counselling by the phone and one-to-one, face-to-face ministry with people in need.

For 15 years, she worked for the Archbishop of Toronto, along with Father Bill Comerford, as Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal, a position they left in the summer of 2001.

They have teamed up on many occasions recently preached a retreat to the priests of the Diocese of Antigonish.

This Comerford profile is written for the Comerford Genealogy site and I plan to migrate it to that site in due time

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