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Basilians at St. Joe's College drew local man to the priesthood

Fr. Warren Schmidt

May 26, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Warren Roger Schmidt, who grew up in Sherwood Park, has been ordained a Basilian priest. Schmidt was ordained May 10 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park. "This was the parish I grew up in since I was 12 years old. I also belong to a religious order (the Basilians) and not to the diocese so I asked to be ordained in my home parish, the parish which my parents and family are still active in," said Schmidt. Early on, he decided he wanted to belong to a religious order, rather than a diocese. His great aunt is a Holy Cross sister, and at first he considered joining the Holy Cross order. Then he met some Basilians, and they treated him graciously.

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After move from N.S., Frasers said, 'Here we are, Lord'

Hyland Fraser

May 26, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At an age when most people would rather retire and spend their days playing golf, Hyland Fraser is embarking on a new venture. The 67-year-old home builder is becoming a permanent deacon, one of three men Archbishop Richard Smith will ordain May 31. "I find it very humbling to be called to the diaconate," Fraser says. As a deacon, Hyland and his wife Harriet will spend their days serving the people of God in a variety of ministries at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove. They already do. Both serve as Eucharistic ministers, lectors and pastoral care ministers at the parish. Hyland also serves on the financial committee.

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Red Deer parish is the center of their lives

Roger Reilander

May 26, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Back in the 1990s, Roger Reilander was asked by the parish priest in Lac La Biche if he would consider becoming a permanent deacon. Intrigued by the suggestion, he started some of the required studies. However, he was soon posted to a new job in Calgary, and his formation for the permanent diaconate went by the wayside. "My family was at the age where everyone was in college, and it was just wild and busy times, so the idea went on the back shelf because I was also so busy with work," said Reilander.

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Some religious orders active locally

May 26, 2014

The archdiocesan committee of vocations directors asked religious orders that are active locally to provide brief information about themselves for this issue of the WCR. Here are the responses we received.

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Mella a 'second chance deacon'

Gem Mella

May 26, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Lord thought Gem Mella deserved a second chance. So Gem said "Yes" when Father Jim Corrigan asked him to attend a deacons' orientation meeting. But it was a reluctant yes. "I asked him, 'Do I have to?'" remembers Gem. It is just days before Mella will be ordained a deacon, and Gem and his wife Dada are sharing recollections of their four-year journey to the diaconate.

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Whispering of Holy Spirit calls each person to vocation

May 26, 2014
MARK BLOM, OMI
and LUCINDA PATTERSON, SA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As vocations to the priesthood and religious life have declined, our understanding of what fosters vocations has increased. The challenge is now to turn these hard lessons into the good practices that will help us as a Church to grow in the vitality and joy of the Gospel. In the years prior to and shortly after Vatican II many people believed that a vocation was something that only a few people "had," and they then entered the seminary or a religious house of formation.

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Please, please restart negotiations on First Nations education

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May 26, 2014

The federal government cannot and should not abandon its efforts to improve on-reserve First Nations education because of divisions among aboriginal leaders over the now-withdrawn Bill C-33. While the resignation of Shawn Atleo as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has drawn the most media attention, it is aboriginal students who will suffer most if improvements are not made to on-reserve education.

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Prairie author makes pilgrimage of soil and soul

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 26, 2014

Nature, desire and soul, we rarely integrate these well. Yet they are so inextricably linked that how we relate to one deeply colours the others; and, indeed, spirituality itself might be defined as what we each do in terms of integrating these three in our lives. More recently notable spiritual authors such as Annie Dillard, Kathleen Norris, Bill Plotkin, and Belden Lane have argued persuasively that physical nature profoundly affects the soul, just as how we manage our private desires deeply influences how we treat nature. Spirituality is naïve when it is divorced from nature and desire. In a book just released, The Road Knows How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul, Canadian writer Trevor Herriot joins these voices in calling for a better integration between nature, desire and soul.

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Rome offers reminders of deepest truths

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 26, 2014
Ascension of the Lord
June 1, 2014

Rome in May smells of roses, flowering vines and jasmine. Roof and balcony gardens overflow with greenery. Oranges shine through thick, dark leaves of trees. Streets of this huge, ancient city resound with noise that dies gradually well past midnight and for two hours only. Rome of the 21st century is constantly on the go, very much like New York, Toronto or any other leading metropolis. What differentiates it, however, from the secular, fast-paced world elsewhere is the visible and tangible presence of Christian faith. Even an atheist cannot avoid this experience. Faith is present in the tolling of 600 church bells every Sunday morning, the habits of nuns and brothers on streets, small shrines of Mary on walls of buildings.

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Pro-lifers must not abandon politics

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May 26, 2014

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's announcement that pro-life individuals will no longer be allowed to seek federal Liberal nominations is a calamitous move against social justice and human dignity in Canada. All three major parties have now placed themselves foursquare against one of the most basic human rights – the right to life. A few years ago, the late Jack Layton took the same stance in the New Democratic Party – those who support the life of the unborn will not be allowed to run as NDP candidates.

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