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New Kamloops bishop suffered persecution in Vietnam

Bishop-elect Joseph Phuong Nguyen

June 13, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

VANCOUVER - Pope Francis has named Father Joseph Phuong Nguyen, vicar general of the Vancouver Archdiocese, as the new bishop of Kamloops, B.C. Nguyen will take over from Bishop David Monroe, who retires having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Monroe has served Kamloops since 2002 and, like his successor, was vicar general in Vancouver. Prior to Nguyen's appointment as vicar general in 2013, he served at five parishes in the Vancouver area.

Beatitudes are the GPS that lead to holiness - pope

June 13, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - The Beatitudes are a navigational tool that lead people to happiness and holiness, while love of money, vanity and pride are the "three steps leading to perdition," Pope Francis said. Celebrating an early morning Mass June 6, the pope focused on the day's Gospel reading, which was St. Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes, which begin, "Blessed are the poor in spirit."

Holy Trinity pilgrims raised the funds and have the spirit

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Spirits are high among youth at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove as World Youth Day draws near. A dozen people from the parish, including Father Jan Sobkowicz, the pastor, are preparing to attend the event in Kraków, Poland this year. Through fundraisers big and small, they have raised more than $10,000, which will pay for a portion of the ticket and stay. Whatever they raised through their well-attended June 5 barbecue and silent auction will be added to the total.

Lacombe school leading 23 students into the Church

June 13, 2016
VINCE BURKE
STAR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

LACOMBE - Fifteen children and students were welcomed as new members of the Catholic community after a special baptismal Mass at Father Lacombe Catholic School in Lacombe . The St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic Schools' kindergarten to Grade 9 school, in its close partnership with the local parish, saw students from preschool to Grade 5 seek the journey to Baptism through the archdiocesan Sacramental Education Initiative. It culminated in 15 students gathering for a baptismal Mass, May 11 at the school, with family, classmates, teachers, staff and the parish community.

Pope to appoint board to help remove 'negligent bishops'

June 13, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will set up a panel of legal experts to help him decide whether to remove a religious superior or bishop from office for failing to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse. Vatican offices will continue to investigate claims of negligence on the part of bishops, ordinaries or religious superiors under their jurisdiction. But the pope - who makes the final decision about a bishop's removal from office - will now be assisted by a papally appointed "college of jurists," according to procedures that take effect Sept. 5.

Alberta's excellent Catholic Teachers

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Four teachers in Alberta Catholic schools have won this year's Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. The Catholic winners are Nicole Blais, a Grade 6 teacher at St. Mary's Elementary School in Lloydminster, Carla Cuglietta, a Grade 11 teacher at St. Joseph's High School in Edmonton, Abbi Easton, a Grade 9 teacher at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray and Mandy Reed, who teaches Grades 10 to 12 at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer.

Edmonton teacher trains students for leadership by inspiring a global vision

Carla Cuglietta

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the past two years, Carla Cuglietta has spearheaded the We Stand, We Lead leadership summit, which has brought more than 1,500 students together at Edmonton Northlands. At the summit, students learn about being leaders in their own lives and in the local and global communities. A teacher at Edmonton's St. Joseph's High School, Cuglietta is described as "a powerful and passionate teacher that inspires positive change."

While rate of church attendance falls, Canadians keep on praying

June 13, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

Prayer is still considered valuable by most Canadians, says a new survey. A recent poll of 1,500 people has found 86 per cent pray, and they find it beneficial. "We know that church attendance has really dropped dramatically in the last 50 years," Angus Reid, a pollster and sociologist at the Angus Reid Institute, told The B.C. Catholic. "I thought that it was important to look at the whole question of faith and religion through a slightly different lens."

Ft. McMurray teacher spurs problem solving

Abbi Easton

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Abbi Easton, a Grade 9 teacher at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray, is a tech-savvy educator who likes to present things in ways that are meaningful to her students. "I want to teach my kids to be problem-solvers in life; that's the most important thing for me and I always say to my kids: 'I don't really care how you get to an answer; I just want you to get to the answer.'"

Red Deer teacher integrates new Canadians

Mandy Reed

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Mandy Reed is known for ensuring that her students have every opportunity to succeed "A lot of our students are new Canadians," says Reed, who teaches English as a second language, social studies and Canadian studies for Grades 10 to 12 at Red Deer's Notre Dame High School. "We make sure that they understand how a Canadian classroom works, what are our Canadian values, what does it mean to be a Canadian citizen, what are we called to do by Christ and what are we call to do by our government to make a society a great place."