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Bishop Martin William Currie was born in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, on December 11, 1943, the third of nine children of Everett and Mabel (Walsh) Currie.

Upon graduation from Sheet Harbour High School in 1961, he studied at St. Francis Xavier University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964. That same year, he entered Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax and was ordained to the priesthood in Sheet Harbour on May 12, 1968.

From 1968 - 1974, Fr. Currie served as assistant in St. Patrick's Parish, Halifax and St. Charles Parish, Amherst. From 1975 - 1980 he served in the Archdiocesan mission parish of San Jose Obrero, Chiclayo, Peru. Fr. Currie served as pastor in several parishes including St. Joseph's Parish, Bridgewater, St. Norbert's Parish, Lunenburg, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Dartmouth. He served as Chaplain at the Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre and was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Halifax in 1992.

Following a brief period of study in Israel, Msgr. Currie was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese in 1994 working full-time in the Chancery Office. In 1995, while remaining Chancellor and Vicar General, Monsignor Currie was appointed Rector of St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax. With the retirement of Archbishop Burke, Msgr. Currie was elected Administrator of the Archdiocese, serving in this capacity for a year before the appointment of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S. J.

In 1999, Msgr. Currie became pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Truro while continuing to serve as Vicar General of the Archdiocese, member of the Personnel Board and as Arch-diocesan Representative at the Atlantic School of Theology. In addition, during this time, he served as Chaplain to the RCMP. Msgr. Currie has been Chaplain of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Archdiocesan Director of the Propagation of the Faith, He was served on the boards of Nova Scotia Drug Dependency, St. Mary's University, and St. Vincent's Guest House.

On December 12, 2000, Msgr. Currie was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Falls, NL. Upon his Episcopal Ordination on January 31, 2001, he became the eighth bishop of the Diocese.

During 2006 and 2007, in addition to serving as the Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Falls he was also named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick.

As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), he has served on the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, founded by the Bishops of Canada 40 years ago as their agency for international development and solidarity.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Most Reverend Martin William Currie as the head of Archdiocese of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on October 17, 2007. He was installed as the Archbishop of St. John's on Friday, November 30th, 2007 at the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

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