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Thanks to prayer and hard work, St. Joseph Seminary is bursting with seminarians this year. Currently 53 seminarians from several Western dioceses are studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph. That's about 10 more than last year. "This is very exciting," said seminary rector Father Stephen Hero. "These things go a little bit in cycles sometimes but I have to say we haven't had this many (seminarians) probably since the late 1960s." The seminary has room for 60 seminarians and 51 are living in house at the moment. Two are away doing their pastoral internships.
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Father Paul Kavanagh was one of Father Mike Mireau's closest friends. The pair met in the seminary in 1997, were ordained three weeks apart in 2002, went to Disneyland together and Kavanagh was at Mireau's side when he died Sept. 22. The two buddies had a lot of laughs at Disneyland just a few months ago. They had gone to California for a religious education congress in March and stayed on for a day or two. What was Mireau's favourite ride? Kavanagh bursts out laughing.
With scissors in hand and a wide smile on his face, Cardinal Thomas Collins cut the red ribbon declaring the new Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre officially open. Dignitaries from the local Church, Edmonton Catholic Schools, the city and provincial government accompanied the former Edmonton archbishop at the Sept. 24 opening. The Collins Academic Centre was built in partnership with the City of Edmonton and is attached to the Clareview Recreation Centre at 3802-139 Ave. It offers students an alternative way to complete high school or upgrade courses.
Lucille Tessier of Regina designed a unique Way of the Cross, using flowers and other plants.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. The likely discovery – whether next month or a millennium from now – will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the 1990s, he said. "The general public is going to be, 'Oh, I knew that. I knew it was going to be there,'"
At their annual plenary assembly last month, Canada's Catholic bishops heard reports from across the country on how Catholics view the upcoming world synod and the state of the family today. Here, Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News presents synopses of the reports from 4 dioceses.
The American Jesuit theologian John Courtney Murray was the only expert from this side of the Atlantic to have a significant impact at the Second Vatican Council. Murray made a major contribution to the drafting of the Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae), although not as major as some observers would have it. In the early 1950s, Murray made a name for himself by arguing that the American system of Church-state relations was the most desirable form. This did not go down well at the Vatican where the U.S. system of toleration of religious difference was seen as a necessary, but unsatisfactory, compromise.