Who, Me? A Missionary Disciple?

“Don’t be so bossy! Do you think you’re God?”; “What did I do to deserve this?”; “God will provide.” Whether we realize it or not, these and other spontaneous expressions are forms of missionary activity. Conveying hints of our fundamental intuition of God, they give a religious message. These intuitions beyond feelings, sense or thought […]

Promptings of the Spirit

Why would anyone commit to driving over 1,000 kms for 20 weekends of faith formation sessions?  Answer: because one feels prompted by the Holy Spirit.  This is what 6 women from Pelican Narrows, SK did in order to take a Lay Formation program offered in Saskatoon, a 7-hour drive away.  Their stories may vary, but […]

A Missionary in the Family

What’s it like to have a missionary in the family? The short answer: it’s a blessing and a sacrifice. The Warnke family from Regina would certainly know. They had in their family several priests who served in Canadian home missions in a variety of ways – a brother in pastoral ministry in northern Saskatchewan, two […]

Untying the Knots of Colonialism

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you” (Mt. 20:25). Any form of domination was totally upended by Jesus. The price he paid was his death at the hands of religious and political powers. However, through […]

Guides for the Community: The Four Prophets

The birthplace of ice hockey is said to be near a settlement on the western shore of Great Bear Lake, accessible only by winter road. The game helped 50 men survive a brutal winter at this outpost of Sir John Franklin’s Arctic Expedition.  In biblical terms, could it be claimed that whoever dropped the puck – […]

Gifts of Indigenous Ministry

Those who engage in the service of others often state that in doing so, they receive more than they give.  These are certainly the sentiments of 10 Sisters, 4 priests and a bishop, all of whom have ministered among the Indigenous people of Western and Northern Canada and who now live at Trinity Manor, a […]

A Prophetic Nudge

When Anna Pagliuso ‘volunteered’ her husband Bill to join the Finance Committee for Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, neither of them could have foreseen the vital role that he would have in the future of the parish community.  Eighteen months later, the 107-year-old church suffered a devastating fire. On August 30, […]