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Cancer treatment an unexpected time of grace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 20, 2012

As a columnist, I've always harboured a certain paranoia about being overly personal or exhibitionistic in my writing or in thinking that my own emotional ups and downs are of interest to others. I've tried to respect that fear. Occasionally, however, circumstance dictates that I do write something more personal. This is such an occasion.

I want to express my gratitude for all the prayers and support I have received during these past seven months while undergoing treatments for cancer. That desert journey has finally ended and with a good result. A month ago, I finished my last chemotherapy treatment and, two weeks ago, after a battery of medical tests, was pronounced "cancer-free."

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Catholic colleges offer the gift of a liberal education

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February 20, 2012

It is a great misfortune that once was seen as the cornerstone of a liberal education is now widely perceived as the writings of dead, white, European males. The purpose of reading authors from Homer to Heidegger was not to narrow one's perspective to that of an antiquarian patriarchy. Rather it was to enable the people of today to participate in the great 2,500-year conversation of the Western world's greatest minds over central questions such as the meaning of life, morality, God, science, society and many others.

All are welcome to participate in that conversation no matter their race, creed, country or gender. However, to walk in on a conversation that has been going on for centuries and to pretend that one can make an immediate, creative contribution is, at best, impertinent.

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Companions look to a future without founder

February 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – When the Companions of the Cross met for their general assembly Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Cornwall, Ont., the priests had their first chance to reflect on the impact of last year's death of their founder, Father Bob Bedard.

"The passing of a founder, of a spiritual father in Christ is a watershed for any community in the history of the Church," said Father Scott McCaig, who was re-elected for a second six-year term as the order's leader.

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Apply faith, hope, charity to your life

Peter Kreeft

February 20, 2012
CLAYTON RICHARD LONG
B.C. CATHOLIC

MISSION, B.C. – Through the Bible God is trying to reveal only two things: one: "I'm God," and two: "You're not," philosopher Peter Kreeft said here Jan. 28.

The problem, said Kreeft, is that most people, himself included, forget about the second point.

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Prayer, like classes, offers many options

Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt

February 20, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – With the busy schedule of a university student, Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt was finding it challenging to fit prayer into her regular routine during her school years.

To remedy this, her spiritual director suggested she get creative, recommending a variety of different prayer styles.

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Priests: Teachers of the faith

February 20, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Becoming a priest is a lengthy process that requires a sense of a divine call, deep reflection, prayer and rigorous education.

Seminarians at St. Joseph Seminary need about eight years of higher education, including degrees in philosophy and theology, plus a year internship in a parish before they can be ordained.

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Newman imbues teachers with faith

February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While teachers in Catholic schools are expected to know the Church, be leaders of the faith, and instruct their students on those principles, most educational institutions that train teachers do not offer religion as part of their curriculum.

Newman Theological College, however, allows teachers to take a program that earns a diploma or a degree in religious education.

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Catholic colleges fight 'meltdown' of liberal arts programs

Emily VanBerkum

February 20, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Emily VanBerkum believes the "interdisciplinary" aspects of her Catholic liberal arts education have made her a well-rounded student.

"It's very interdisciplinary and it relates to so many disciplines in your life, so many fields like business or politics," said the fourth-year Christianity and Culture student at Toronto's University of St. Michael's College.

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St. Joe's initiates university frosh to Catholic culture

Liam Key

February 20, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

First year art student Liam Kay is glad he enrolled in AcademiaONE as he began his university education last semester.

"It's been very good," he said. "The classes were good and the professors were accessible. It was a good way to transition to the university experience."

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Life issues get a pass on U of A campus

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February 20, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The biggest hurdle facing pro-life students from the University of Alberta is the lack of concern and I-don't-care attitude toward pro-life issues.

"Some pro-life club members from other campuses tell me that they will pack a lecture theatre full whenever they do an event. With us, we feel lucky if we have 20 people come to an event," said Leila McMann, president of Go Life: U of A Campus Pro-Life.

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