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Maskwacis natives hope Kateri brings healing to the people

July 21, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For about 65 years, since she was in her early twenties, Mary Sotto of the Ermineskin Reserve has been studying the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and praying to the Mohawk woman who was canonized in 2012. It was after she attended a conference on St. Kateri in 1989 in Great Falls, Mont., that Sotto's devotion grew and she centred her life on the Church. "I pray to her a lot, ever since I studied her life," Sotto, 86, said in an interview. "When something goes wrong or I need help, I turn to her.

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Bern Will Brown added colour to a colourful land

Bern Will Brown

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

COLVILLE LAKE, N.W.T. – From mushing dog-teams 100 kms in minus 40C blizzards, to helping unionize a mine, Bern Will Brown had a job like few Catholic priests. Born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1920, Brown went to the Canadian Arctic in 1948 as an Oblate priest and travelled extensively by dog team throughout the region. Over the course of his life he served as a priest, a bush pilot, a dog musher, a painter, a journalist and a storyteller. In addition to his religious duties, he performed routine medical work such as delivering babies, sewing up axe cuts and pulling teeth. He also served as a fire warden, dogcatcher, storekeeper, postmaster and newspaper editor.

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Faith weaves throughout film course

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A good film is more than special effects and pretty girls. Underneath everything lies a compelling story. At Living Water College of the Arts this month, eight students are learning to tell not just any stories through film, but stories imbued with faith. "Pretty much anybody can teach you to be a technician, but what Hollywood really lacks these days is good storytellers," said Jacob Schmiedicke, the college's director of liberal and fine arts. Schmiedicke said the four-week program, Truth in Motion, run at the college near tiny Derwent, north of Vermilion, gives a basic overview of the filmmaking process from beginning to end. "It's unique in that we heavily emphasize story."

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Mackenzie, Edmonton dioceses sign covenant of cooperation

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith have signed a covenant that will see the two dioceses expand their cooperation. The two dioceses have been working together for well over a year. The covenant, signed July 2 in Yellowknife by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop Mark Hagemoen, makes their partnership official. "I'm excited about this agreement because it provides an opportunity for Edmonton and Mackenzie-Fort Smith to work with each other," Hagemoen said July 9.

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Outspoken priest served as Bloc MP

Fr. Raymond Gravel

August 25, 2014
MARY DURRAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Raymond Gravel, an outspoken social activist and advocate for Quebec independence, died of lung cancer Aug. 11. He was 61. Gravel was well known for publicly questioning Church teachings on homosexuality, abortion and the role of women in the Church.

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New stamp shows photo of Sisters of St. Joseph

August 25, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Canada Post's new release of stamps by prominent photographers includes a well-known shot by Michel Lambeth of two Sisters of St. Joseph and a man who helped the sisters in Toronto. The stamp, titled St. Joseph's Convent School, is one of 35 being released in phases over a five-year period, with seven being introduced this year alone.

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Leading Knight named Canada's ambassador to the Holy See

August 25, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The president of Canada's bishops' conference welcomed the naming of Dennis Savoie as Canada's new ambassador to the Holy See. "Mr. Savoie is a man who has given leadership both at the civic and community level in Canada," said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Mary's fidelity is antidote to 'treadmill society' – Smith

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SKARO – We live in "a treadmill society" in which people expend great amounts of energy and are proud of being busy, but end up going nowhere, says Archbishop Richard Smith. Fitness centres with their treadmills, rowing machines and stationary bicycles are typical of today's society, Smith said. "People are running for all they're worth; they're rowing like crazy, peddling like mad and going absolutely no place."

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Skaro's Marian pilgrimage draws newcomers, lifelong devotees

August 25, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every year since 1919, Catholics have been coming to the beautiful Skaro shrine to celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption. And for the Aug. 14 vigil Mass and candlelight procession, the number of pilgrims was in the usual range of 3,000 to 4,000. For a few dedicated souls, however, the Skaro shrine receives more than a once-a-year visit.

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K of C's Wally Streit wins Top Recruiter Award for fifth time

Wally Streit

August 25, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the fifth time, Wally Streit is the recipient of the Knights of Columbus' order-wide Top Recruiter Award. Streit, a retired banker, is a past state deputy of the Alberta Knights of Columbus. He is currently the state new council development director. Since 1998, he has recruited 1,974 members, including 261 last year.

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