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SASKATOON – On May 18, 2004, Daleen Bosse was out with friends and was expected home that night. It was early the next morning that Bosse's mother, Pauline Muskego, began a journey that continues to this day. Muskego's son, Dana, was babysitting Bosse's daughter while she was out. He called his parents when Bosse did not call home to check on her daughter. "We came to Saskatoon right away to find out what was going on," Muskego recalled. "We didn't want to believe anything had happened."
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SASKATOON – Religion in Canada is a growth industry and Catholics are leading the way, says University of Lethbridge sociologist Dr. Reginald Bibby. Bibby backed his assertions with statistics from his own research as well as information from Statistics Canada. He acknowledged Church attendance has decreased, especially among teens, but it has now stabilized, largely due to Catholic immigrants.
When Father Dominic Yuen first met Christopher Dubois, he could tell there was a special calling on the young university student's life. A political science major attending Brandon University at the time, Dubois, the eldest of five children – two younger sisters and two younger brothers – was thinking of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a lawyer.
The seeds of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were planted by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Born into a wealthy physician's family in New York in 1774, Elizabeth married William Seton when she was 19. Theirs was a love-filled marriage, made rich with five children. Seton saw past her comfortable life and began the Widow's Society for the destitute women and children in New York.
Sister Andrea Dumont, a missionary Sister of St. Joseph, has been honoured this year with Catholic Missions In Canada's St. Joseph Award. The award is presented annually at Catholic Missions' Tastes of Heaven gala, held April 24 at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, Ont. Dumont was fêted for her missionary work that took her first to Guatemala and then back to Canada and the North where the soft-spoken sister has worked since 1981 in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas.
WINNIPEG – Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Roussin, archbishop of Vancouver from 2004 to 2009, died here April 24 at age 75. Roussin, who had been tasked with closing down one diocese, pulling another out of debt, and handling his own struggle with depression and illness, was known as a courageous leader. "Bishop Ray was the good shepherd," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Victoria. "He never complained. He was never angry or bitter or resentful."
Before Scott Hahn became a Catholic he was familiar with ways to bring people to Christ, but now he sees conversion as a lifelong process. As a Presbyterian, Hahn said he knew methods to bring people to Christ and to invite them to pray the Sinner's Prayer. They would ask Christ's forgiveness and for Jesus to come and live in their hearts. He could invite people to become Christians this way while on a plane or even an elevator.