Father William Graham

excerpt from Priesthood Jubilees, The Northern Cross, Diocese of Duluth
June 2016

40 Years

Father William Graham

Father William Graham was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paul F. Anderson at St. Rose Church in Proctor on June 18, 1976, for the Diocese of Duluth.

He was born in Proctor to Irene and John Graham. He attended St. Rose School in Proctor for his elementary education and Cathedral High School in Duluth for high School. He attended college at St. John Vianney Seminary. His philosophy and theology studies were completed at St. John’s Seminary, Collegeville. He also completed advanced study at the University of Notre Dame with a master’s degree in liturgy. Father Graham received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and education from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul and a master’s degree in theology from St. John’s University. He received a doctorate from Fordham University in New York. Father Graham has received many academic awards, including Jim Campbell Scholar; graduate assistantship, Fordham University; passed Comprehensive Examination with honors as well as Teacher Fellow and Presidential Scholar, also at Fordham University.

Additional areas of service in the Diocese of Duluth include principal, chaplain, department head of religious studies and part time instructor at Cathedral High School in Duluth; lecturer at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth; producer for the Mass for Shut-Ins; Presbyteral Council; and Chaplains’ Advisory Board for Lakeshore Lutheran Home and St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Father Graham has a distinguished career as an author of many articles, books and curricula and as a visiting instructor throughout the United States. He also has experience in broadcast media.

Father Graham is currently pastor of St. Michael in Duluth.















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