Philip Francis Pocock, , was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto from 1971 to 1978.
Pocock, Philip F. was born on July 2, 1906 in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Son of Stephen Bernard and Sarah-May (McCarthy) P. Student, Assumption College, 1922-1923.
Born St. Thomas, Ontario and studied at St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario. In 1933 he left his parish to studied canon law in Rome (graduating with a Doctorate in Canon Law).
He was ordained priest in 1930 and became a professor at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario teaching Moral Theology and Canon Law. He was appointed Bishop of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1944 and Apostolic Administrator of Winnipeg and Titular Archbishop of Aprus in 1951. The following year he succeeded as Archbishop of Winnipeg.
In 1961, Pocock left Winnipeg and became Coadjutor Archbishop of Toronto and Titular Archbishop of Isauropolis to assist the then ailing Archbishop, Cardinal James Charles McGuigan. He succeeded as Archbishop of Toronto in 1971 and served until he resigned in 1978. Return to Parish Work\r\nHe resigned as Archbishop in 1978 and return to life as a parish priest at St Mary's Parish in Brampton, Ontario.
At St. Mary's Pocock remained active as a priest, celebrating mass, confirmations, and visiting a senior citizens' home. He was later given the title of Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto. He died on September 6, 1984 and was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill, Ontario.
During his time as Archbishop, Pocock established several institutions and charities:\r\nArchdiocesan Pastoral Council and the Senate of Priests\r\nimproved Catholic education standards\r\ncreate Sharelife - replacing the Council of Catholic Charities due to opposition to United Way's support of Planned Parenthood clinics\r\nlobbying for legislation against pornography\r\nencouraging interfaith relations and activities\r\nHe encouraged the laity to become involved in church decisions, the liturgy, and charitable works. He helped consecrate two auxiliary bishops. Thomas B. Fulton and Aloysius Ambrozic, with the latter becoming Cardinal Archbishop of the diocese.