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Montreal's blogging bishop-to-be will be second youngest prelate in world

July 25, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL - When Bishop-elect Thomas Dowd is ordained to the episcopacy on Sept. 10 as auxiliary bishop of Montreal, he will become the second youngest bishop in the world.

Dowd, 40, plans to continue blogging, a hobby he has pursued as a priest at Frdowd.net since 2003.

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St. Bernard Mission Church needs total restoration

St. Bernard Mission Church

July 25, 2011
GERARD NICOLET
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

GROUARD — The St. Bernard Mission Church Restoration Committee has initiated a major project involving the restoration of the church in Grouard.

This church is the most significant historical site in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. The construction of this first cathedral of the Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese was started in 1901 under the direction of Bishop Emile Grouard. Plans for this building were prepared by Oblate Brother Augustin Dumas who also supervised construction of the church.

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Holy Trinity CWL enjoys 'royal visit'

Mariette Huot

July 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

STONY PLAIN — Holy Trinity Catholic Women's League in Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Parkland County highlighted their year before the summer break with high tea and a very special visit from the" queen," Mariette Huot.

Madeline Twerdochlib and her daughter Karen decorated with an elegant royal setting. Tea and dainties were served and all ladies present for the occasion wore fancy dresses and hats.

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Pilgrimage: A family tradition passed down through the generations

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC ST. ANNE — For Roberta Beaulieu, the Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage is a family tradition. She's been coming since she was a little girl.

The 30-year-old Metis woman is familiar with the grounds, the shrine and the lake and she feels comfortable in the surroundings. She's proud of the fact the priest who runs the pilgrimage is a relative. Getting a blessing from him is a big thing for her.

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Pilgrims seek healing in Lac St. Anne

Lac Ste-Anne Pilgrimage - Logo

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Sunday afternoon Mass ended July 17, Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie of Keewatin-Le Pas, Man., led his large congregation from the shrine to the shore of Lac St. Anne.

Standing on a stage near the shore, Lavoie welcomed the congregation to the blessing of the lake ceremony and praised the Lord for the beautiful 30C weather.

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Reconciliation lets people heal, move forward — Basilian

Fr. Daryold Winkler

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — The whole purpose of reconciliation is so our children and our children's children don't have to experience the same kind of pain that we did, says Basilian Father Daryold Winkler.

Speaking on forgiveness at a the fourth annual Directions on Aboriginal Ministry conference, Winkler, an aboriginal priest and academic from Ottawa, described reconciliation as a spiritual way of living that allows us to heal and move forward.

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Residential schools' legacy still haunts

Gerry Kelly

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — The residential school system was a systemic sin that cannot be understood as separate from a broader colonial reality, says Gerry Kelly, a consultant on the residential school settlement.

Stressing that Canada's residential school system was entrenched in Canada's social policy, Kelly said, "We have to realize that we are dealing with a structural harm."

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Inuvalit witness stolen lives

Laura Tabac

July 25, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — Pictures tell stories. Stories tell us who we are. For 15-year-old Mary Masazumi the story falls into the category of mystery.

Her father Alfred is dead and there are no family photo albums at home in Fort Good Hope that stretch back into her father's childhood. Mary hoped to fill that gap pouring through binders of photos from the archives of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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Alta. Knights raise $237,000 to renovate building at St. Mary's

July 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY — Alberta's Knights of Columbus have raised about $237,000 for St. Mary's University College in Calgary.

"It took us a little over three years to raise the money. We had help from knights all over southern Alberta," said Leo Bunz who chaired Knights of Columbus fundraising committee. "We concentrated very heavily on the councils in southern Alberta for their donations."

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Newman lays foundation for lay ministry

Fr. Stefano Penna

July 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A new online-based program and the reintroduction of an old program at Newman Theological College will prepare students for lay ministry.

The bachelor of theology program was intended to give students a basic understanding of theology and religious sciences and provide a foundation for pastoral leadership.

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