New Episcopal Ordinations in Mission Eparchies

Within the group of mission bishops who are stakeholders of CMIC are 2 eparchs for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchies of Saskatoon and New Westminster. I’ve visited both. Most recently, I taught in Saskatoon for the Eparchial Faith Formation Program. CMIC welcomes and congratulates them on becoming Vicars of Christ. With the joy of ordination and […]

Lenten Renewal

Pope Francis invited the Roman Curia to dedicate the first week of Lent to private, personal prayer. He asked them to join him in suspending their “work activities and engaging in prayer.” I don’t know what happened to parish Lenten retreats. As I child, I remember our church being full every Lent. There was a […]

Gratitude, Not Anger

Since I was last in Labrador, there have been many changes. Bishop Bart replaced Bishop Hunt and Sheshatshiu has a new church with its own priest. Our Lady Queen of Peace in Happy Valley also has a new priest. It doesn’t surprise me that there are changes, as foreign missionary priests usually don’t stay very […]

Biagio Vinci: Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

“Come and Enjoy One of Toronto’s Most Beautiful Patios. . . Owner Biagio Vinci has brought a little piece of Italy to the heart of downtown Toronto for over 30 years,” so it says on the Destination Toronto website. From personal experience I can’t argue with the review. Mr. Vinci and his food are well […]

Let the Children Come to Me

“Let the children come to me,” said Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. But where are the children? That’s a common question today, not only in our missions, but in big city parishes too. Children represent the future, hope, life energy. In baptism parents play a major role in being the first teachers of faith. If parents […]

Newfoundland Revisited: A Changed Life on the Rock

Among steep cliffs on the eastern shore of the Great Northern Peninsula (GNP) of Newfoundland are fishing villages with long histories. It’s been many years since I last visited ‘the Rock’. Bishop Bart van Rojien asked if I could help with Easter celebrations in his Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. I would be assisting […]

New Leadership

With Papal Nuncio Ivan Jurkovic and Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal present along with 60 bishops, his Grace Francis Leo was installed as the new Archbishop of Toronto in the beautifully renovated St. Michael’s Basilica Cathedral. It was by invitation only and I was sitting at the far back of the clergy section. Peter Stockland […]

Restarting CMIC’s Awareness Campaign

CMIC’s Awareness Campaign is one of three major campaigns in our strategic plan, along with Fundraising and Education. Awareness is exactly that – letting people know we exist, who we are and what we do. The pandemic interrupted this for the last two years. A tremendous amount of momentum had been built prior to the […]

Living in a Digital World

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The mass of digital technology has been recognized as a dehumanizing factor in modern society. Being on the verge of artificial intelligence, we stand on the edge of a wedge whose downslope is the loss of the most humanizing element – the soul. Our soul is what makes us God-like since we are “made in the […]

Some Thoughts on Friendship

One of the periodicals to which I subscribe recently featured the theme of ‘friendship,’ making me think about this in my life. I have friends whom I see only periodically, but when we meet up it’s like carrying on from the last time because we feel so comfortable with each other. We hold each other […]