There are many ways to tell the story of a city. In Extraordinary Ordinaries, Fr. Seamus Hogan explores aspects of Toronto’s history by examining the challenges, successes and even the blind spots of the 12 men who have served as the bishop or archbishop of Toronto.

Looking at how Toronto’s bishops handled post-war waves of immigration, 19th-century street fights between Catholics and Protestants, and the needs of the poor in every era opens a window on how Catholic history has shaped Toronto, said Hogan, a history professor at St. Augustine’s Seminary.
“They’re such an integral part of everything that happens in the

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