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WCR honoured for journalistic efforts

May 12, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Western Catholic Reporter has been honoured with awards in seven categories by the Canadian Church Press. The WCR led the way with four awards for newspaper design, including three first-place honours, at the ceremony held as part of the CCP's annual meeting in Winnipeg May 1 to 3. Included in those first-place honours was one shared by editor Glen Argan and news editor Lasha Morningstar for the best layout and design of an entire edition of the newspaper.

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Smith calls for process of purification and reform

Archbishop Richard Smith

May 12, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese wants to involve everybody in its response to Pope Francis' call for discernment, purification and reform. Archbishop Richard Smith made that announcement May 3 at the annual meeting of the Council of Consecrated Women. He has already created a 10-member committee with representatives from all sectors of archdiocese. The team will get together once a month for the next year beginning next month.

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TV project aims to inspire a green laity

May 12, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – When Canada's Catholic bishops last year spoke out on the environment they were hoping they wouldn't have the last word on the subject. Now a Catholic video production company along with its supporters are hoping to get Catholic students and parishioners talking with the launch of Green Spirit TV. The inspiration for Green Spirit TV is the April 2013 statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' justice and peace commission, Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment.

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'Climbers' should go to the Alps, not the Church

Pope Francis

May 12, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church is no place for "climbers," who want to reach the heights of prestige, power and profit, Pope Francis said. Instead of putting their sights on the Church, such people should set off for the Alps for a healthier way to get to the top, the pope said May 5 during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. He also raised a red flag against "many good Catholics" and benefactors, who have raised money for the Church, but profited handsomely from their efforts, even with so-called dirty money.

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Vanier's simple revolution

Jean Vanier

May 12, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Visiting people with intellectual disabilities in institutions in the early 1960s, Canadian philosopher Jean Vanier was profoundly disturbed. Cast away from mainstream society and abandoned to institutional life, the handicapped people were lonely and their lives seemed aimless. In 1964, Vanier responded by taking Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux into his rundown home in Trosly-Breuil, France. His home was named L'Arche, or The Ark. Other townsfolk saw what Vanier was doing for people with developmental disabilities, and they soon wanted to do the same.

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Priest murdered in St. Paul

May 13, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The St. Paul Diocese in northeastern Alberta is in mourning following the tragic death of a beloved priest. Father Gilbert Dasna, 32, is dead after being shot multiple times in the chest on Friday evening, May 9. He was left to die in the doorway of the rectory of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Born in Cameroon, Dasna was the third child and the second son among four children. After his parents died when he was a boy, Dasna was raised by his sister, who became a nun in his hometown. She was killed in a car accident two months ago at the age of 42.

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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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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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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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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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