SHERWOOD PARK – Father Wilf Murchland has been appointed vicar superior of his order, Congregation of the Holy Cross.
Murchland, from Debec, N.B., has ministered throughout the country, most recently as associate pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park.
A former president of Newman Theological College, Murchland will continue to serve at OLPH despite his new responsibilities to his order.
In February 2013, he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination.
At the conclusion of their chapter in Niagara Falls, held June 25-29, Murchland was named vicar superior of the Vicariate of English Canada for a three-year term. He replaces Father John Vickers, from Sydney Mines, N.S., who served as vicar for nine years.
The Congregation of the Holy Cross is a relatively young religious order of priests, established in 1837 by Father Basil Anthony Moreau in the small French town of Sainte-Croix.
This group of brothers and auxiliary priests was ready to serve local churches in education-related tasks as the Church rebuilt following the French Revolution.
Today, the order has expanded well beyond the borders of France, with about 1,500 Holy Cross members living and working in 16 countries, across five continents.
The heart of their mission is to be educators in the faith, supporting the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. In all of their ministries, the Holy Cross priests are deeply committed to promoting social justice and peace in the world.
Their distinctive identity tends to combine an appreciation for family and hospitality with a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit that looks beyond the comforts of community.
The religious brothers and priests lead extraordinary lives by bringing hope to others. Devoted to God through their ministry and prayer, they strive to make a difference in the world by being present and available to the people and communities they serve.