WCR This Week

New superintendent strives for success

Paul Mason

September 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

RED DEER — The Red Deer Catholic board of trustees has appointed a seasoned school administrator and former classroom teacher as the division's new superintendent.

Paul Mason, 48, took over as superintendent Aug. 27. He replaces Paulette Hanna, who is retiring after four years in the position.

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Islamic college buys sisters' school

St. Angela's Convent and Academy

September 5, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — An Islamic boarding school for boys will open this fall in the former St. Angela's Convent and Academy at Prelate, Sask.

The newly created Islamic College of Saskatchewan took possession of the former convent and girls' boarding school Aug. 15 from the Ursulines of Prelate.

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Nowakowski blossomed by serving sick, dying

Fr. John Nowakowski

September 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — A priest best known for his quiet presence and caring nature has passed away.

Father John Nowakowski died Aug. 27 at Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. He was 79.

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Goose dinner, games, at the nun's house

Kedra Kimiksana

September 5, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TUKTOYAKTUK, N.W.T. — Kedra and Destiny Kimiksana got to try cherries for the first time at the Catholic mission house in Tuktoyaktuk with Sister Fay Trombley.

Once they had been warned about the pits, I tried teaching them "Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor. . .". Of course the seven- and eight-year-old girls didn't know what a tinker or a tailor was. In fact, beggar man and thief were also new vocabulary.

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Change highlights priest's 50 years

September 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A priest is an ambassador of Christ and his role is to care for God's people, teach the Good News and plant the Church in the hearts of people.

That's how Pallottine Father George Neumann defines his priesthood, a vocation to which he has dedicated half a century.

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CWL seeks action to preserve embryos

CWL-crest

September 5, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Taking aim at preserving human embryos and providing support for aboriginal children whose mothers are missing or have been murdered were just two of the resolutions the national Catholic Women's League has vowed to take on this year.

More than 600 delegates came to Toronto Aug. 14 to 17 for the 91st annual CWL National Convention, themed "Centred on Faith & Justice."

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New evangelization promotes building Catholic identity

Archbishop Rino Fisichella

September 5, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — A new Vatican council is tackling an old task: bringing God to the world in new ways.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization is just a year old, but "it is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council," said the council's president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

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Foundation honours lawyer for her charitable works

Rosanna Saccomani

August 29, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Longtime volunteer and successful lawyer Rosanna Saccomani will soon receive the 2011 Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award.

Saccomani will receive the eighth annual award at a luncheon at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton Oct. 13. The award was named for Carr, Newman Theological College's first lay president. It recognizes people whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished in his work as president.

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Parish hears the cries of Somalia's hungry

August 29, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — As the famine in the Horn of Africa deepens, Catholic parishioners are rising to the challenge of feeding the hungry half a world away.

St. Michael-Resurrection Parish has been challenging Catholics nationwide to raise $10 million for famine relief. At least four other parishes from across Canada have responded.

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Africans' starvation sparks urgent appeal

August 29, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is urging Canadian Catholics to help the 10 million people in the Horn of Africa whose lives are endangered by drought and famine.

CCODP spokesperson Kelly Di Domenico described the worsening situation in the region as "drastic."

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