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For Franciscan Father Don MacDonald, the Second Vatican Council was the impetus for seeing the Catholic faith "in a positive, attractive manner."
"It made Christian living more challenging," says MacDonald, who was ordained in 1961, just a year before the council began.
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Sisters Mary Beth McCurdy and Sandra Barrett celebrated their 50th anniversaries of religious life together in Saint John, N.B., June 5 with two other Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception.
With addiction, poverty and homelessness in his background, the odds that Stephan Bureau would make something of himself were slim.
But the articulate young man succeeded. Not only is he graduating with honours at Ross Shephard High, he has been accepted at the University of Alberta to begin his bachelor of arts in the fall. He plans to get a master's degree in psychology so one day he will be able to help others.
EDMONTON — Austin Mardon, longtime advocate for the rights of the mentally ill, has been awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by the University of Alberta.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1992, Mardon has spent his career advocating for the rights of those with disabilities, in particular schizophrenia. He has been the "public face of schizophrenia" since that time.
EDMONTON — The works of mercy were represented in the nine Sisters of Providence celebrating their anniversaries in religious life at Providence Centre on June 11.
All have served in a variety of ministries, with priority to the ministry of prayer.
OTTAWA — The decision to cancel a visit of a Mexican partner of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) last April, while painful, might be important to a purification process, said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.
"I think this raises an issue of cooperation with partners who share some values with us but are in conflict with a major principle of Catholic teaching," the archbishop told the AGM of the CCODP diocesan council June 8.
TORONTO — The Canadian funding of a Mexican human rights organization was cut following a letter from the archbishop of Mexico City that directly accuses the Jesuit-founded body of supporting pro-abortion groups.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) cut the funding for Centro PRODH, whose director recently had speaking engagements cancelled in Ottawa and Cornwall, after Mexican Cardinal Norberto Carrera said the organization "does not represent the sentiments of the Church and has been characterized by its support and encouragement of groups and activities that are an affront to Christian values."
June 20, 2011
VANCOUVER — Despite recent success blocking a House of Commons bill to permit euthanasia and assisted suicide, the battle is not over; activists have taken the fight to the courts.
Attorney Hugh Scher conveyed that warning during a presentation at the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide at the Vancouver Airport Marriot Hotel June 4.
TRAPPIST, KY. — On one sunny spring morning the Abbey of Gethsemani's idyllic, secluded grounds reflected the quiet reverence of its inhabitants.
The Trappist monks, gathered in the abbey church, kept silent when they weren't chanting. The monks who live at the abbey refrain from speaking during meals and generally live a quiet, contemplative life. They celebrate Mass each day, and they pray (typically chanting) the Liturgy of the Hours at seven intervals throughout the day — sometimes for just 10 or so minutes at a time. In between, they continue their work.
In 1935, a 34-year-old tailor, Jan Tyranowski, heard a sermon by a Salesian priest in his parish in Krakow, Poland. The priest's message was, "It's not difficult to be a saint."
Tyranowski took the message to heart. He regulated his daily life to make prayer its central aspect and most frequent act. He studied the writings of the great spiritual masters and gradually, methodically, reoriented his whole life to be freedom thoughts and images so that he was continually in the presence of God.