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Come to the water

July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Redemptorist Father Mick Fleming blessed the waters of Lac Ste. Anne July 17, people waded into the lake in droves, anxious to dip themselves into the sacred waters. Many filled jars with the blessed liquid to take back home. A young woman, pain clearly visible on her face, slowly pushed her walker into the lake in the hope of obtaining relief. Younger people helped their elders into the water. Some older people with canes walked in by themselves. Priests and bishops also walked inside the lake to bless the people, one by one.

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Syrians escape turmoil, happy to receive a Canadian welcome

Pascal Zafar and daughter Selena
July 11/25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Matilda Alber and husband Pascal Zafar underwent many challenges back in Syria. Pascal was kidnapped, Matilda's brother was also kidnapped and the couple's two pharmacies were destroyed by bombing. Life was unbearable. So the couple packed what they could and left for Lebanon only to learn that Christians like them are not welcome in the refugee camps. All that is over now, and Matilda and Pascal wear pleasant smiles and seem happy. They have been in Edmonton since October, all thanks to the Sisters of Providence who sponsored them.

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Joan Carr: Superintendent of the year

Joan Carr
July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Joan Carr, superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools for the past 10 years, has been recognized as Canada's leading school superintendent. The Canadian Association of School System Administrators presented Carr with its award of excellence at its Winnipeg conference July 7. The award recognizes the Canadian superintendent of the year.

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Consultant delivers blistering report on Edmonton school board

July 25, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Edmonton's Catholic school board will be required to report regularly to Alberta's deputy minister of education after a consultant's report concluded the board is unlikely to alter its high degree of "conflict and confusion" without direct oversight from outside. In a highly-critical 16-page report, consultant Donald Cummings says the board's current governing style – which includes bullying, disrespect, distrust, innuendo and attack – is "intractable."

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Jesuit led spiritual writer to become boundary dweller

Margaret Silf
July 11/25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus moves freely among his fellow men and women, with little regards for their religious practices or even their religious denominations. When Margaret Silf began to believe that, she felt free and started to live outside normal Church structures. She felt those structures were a box, which had become too uncomfortable. Silf is unquestionably a believer, a spiritual woman, but she is not married to "stale" structures.

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Pope sends Bolen home to Regina

Archbishop Donald Bolen
July 25, 2016
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

After six years as bishop of Saskatoon, Donald Bolen was appointed archbishop of Regina July 11 by Pope Francis. The archdiocese has been without a bishop since the Jan. 15 death of Archbishop Daniel Bohan. Bolen will continue to serve as apostolic administrator in Saskatoon until his installation as archbishop of Regina this fall; the date has not yet been set.

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Sask. Bishop opens eyes, heart to life on the street

Bishop Donald Bolen
July 11/25, 2016
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like. The bishop, who lives in an apartment in central Saskatoon, said the brief experience of living on the streets opened his eyes.

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Ukrainian Catholics look to expand the role of women

Bishop David Motiuk
July 11/25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is reflecting on how to better integrate women into the life of the Church. At the invitation of Bishop David Motiuk, women have been studying the issue and submitting proposals. "We want a more prominent role within the Church because I think we can do more," says Jayne Buryn, chair of the Eparchial Pastoral Council, a mostly lay body that advises Motiuk.

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Philippine priest has stirred faith via prison ministry

Fr. Sylvio Lacar
July 25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Sylvio Lacar is a man who, for the past 50 years, has nurtured not only his own faith, but also that of prisoners and parishioners. At the moment, he is doing pastoral work, saying Mass for parishioners at Ma-Me-O Beach. But before that, this native of the Philippines said the Lord directed him to the prison ministry.

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Theologians call Church to confront roots of racism

July 25, 2016
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Bryan Massingale, a Milwaukee priest and well-known theologian, knows what it's like to be watched by police. Massingale said that as a black man, he has occasionally been followed by police officers on the campus of Marquette University, where he taught for 12 years, as he walked on campus when he wasn't wearing his priestly garb. It's a sign, Massingale told Catholic News Service, of the widespread racism entrenched in American culture.

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