Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
Grant Mann believed the Alberta-Northwest Territories Knights of Columbus was beginning to stray from its original purpose and wanted to bring it back in line. With that goal in mind, he decided to run for the office of state deputy at the Knights' April 17-19 convention in Red Deer. He won and was to become the top leader of the 18,000 Knights in Alberta next month.
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The Western Catholic Reporter has again been named the top regional Church newspaper in Canada, one of nine awards it received from the Canadian Church Press (CCP) May 1. The CCP has acknowledged the WCR as the country's first or second best regional Church newspaper seven times in the last nine years.
Coptic Christians calling out to Jesus during their execution on a Libyan beach. Gunmen storming Garissa University College in Kenya, targeting and shooting dead scores of Christian students. Iraqi Christians trapped in the mountains fleeing Islamic State persecution.
One wonders how a young woman raised on a beautiful coffee plantation in Guatemala would end up a religious sister in Canada. Indeed, that was not Sister Gabriela Villela's plan. "I wanted to marry and have many children," she said in a recent interview. The fourth of six children, Villela said all were baptized, "but we never went to church." Life in the country on the inherited coffee plantation was good.
When students walk into Lorne Zelyck's Introduction to the Bible class at the University of Alberta's St. Joseph's College, he can quickly tell the difference between a young person who has had Bible reading fostered in their life and one who has not. "Sometimes it's tragic how little they know," said Zelyck, whose students tend to be about 20 or 21 years of age.
This past Holy Week was the fifth one that I have spent at Our Lady of Grace Mission in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. I missed last year because of a serious hip surgery, but was able to find a replacement in the person of Oblate Father Joe Gouthier of Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert. He not only replaced me for Holy Week, but remained there for one month. Because of the shortage of priests in the northern dioceses, they are dependent on volunteer priests to assist them for Christmas and Holy Week. Otherwise, the pastoral leaders in those remote areas have to celebrate these important feasts with lay-led liturgies and Communion services.
OTTAWA – When Michael Gaitley consecrated himself to Jesus through the Virgin Mary, he stopped chasing girls, felt the close spiritual presence of Mary, went into "monk mode" and eventually became a priest. At the time, Gaitley was a student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and was delighted with the three-to-one girl-to-guy ratio there.