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Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church

By Cape Breton Post staff The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church held their 100th anniversary celebrations, August 2nd to 5th, 2017. Those behind the endeavour were Ukrainian immigrants who came to the area in search of work in coal mines and the steel industry. Although they brought with them their language, customs and beliefs, these new...

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Retirements of Development Director and Communications Officer

By Father David Reilander It is with sadness that two long-term employees left us at the end of June. At their retirement lunch at Biagio Ristorante in Toronto, farewells were paid to Kathleen Ancker and Anne Hanley. Kathleen began 25 years ago as a clerk and worked her way up to the Director of Development....

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Being with God’s People: A Visit to the Beaufort Delta Missions

By Father Steve Morrisey, C.SS.R. What an awesome gift—from December 20 to January 3 (from the Thursday of the Third Week of Advent until the Thursday following Mary the Mother of God)—I was blessed to offer pastoral ministry to a few missions in the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese. Here are my reflections of those days: A...

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From Lesotho to Canada’s North

The distance between these parishes is so enormous that to get to the next parish, one has to travel by plane most seasons of the year. By Father PaliPascalis Pitso As an Oblate missionary from Lesotho, Africa, working in the Diocese of Moosonee in the James Bay area in Northern Ontario, I have encountered many...

God’s Pallet of Colours in Coral Harbour, NT
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God’s Pallet of Colours in Coral Harbour, NT

By Father Ted Slaman “So, what are you doing, Ted, for Christmastime?” asked the Bishop’s representative. I had retired from my pastorate about five months earlier, and was getting calls to replace priests on holidays or in need of additional priestly help. So, I said, “Well, where do you want me to go?” “We got a...

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Grouard-McLennan: How a Missionary Diocese came to be

The Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan encompasses about 225,000 sq. km. of northwestern Alberta. It extends from Valleyview in the south to High Level and Fort Vermilion in the north; and from Slave Lake in the east to the Alberta-BC border in the west. Another way to describe it is as covering the western half of Treaty...

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The Journey of Bishop Joseph P. Nguyen

Courtesy of the Diocese of Kamloops Bishop Joseph Phuong Nguyen was born in Vietnam. From a young age, Bishop Nguyen knew a deep love for God, and he consequently entered minor seminary at the young age of 11. After completing his high school education, Bishop Nguyen pursued studies in philosophy and theology in preparation for...

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The power of love and forgiveness

By Fr. Augustine Ezediniru, SMMM I have been working in the First Nations communities in Northern Manitoba as a religious missionary for over eight years. It has been an enriching experience. In the midst of these experiences there are difficult challenges, such as witnessing families deal with the effects of residential schools. Living in an...

The Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic
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The Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic

BY Sister Fay Trombley, S.C.I.C. The mission and history of Tuktoyaktuk Tuktoyaktuk is a hamlet of 950 people in the Northwest Territories. About 98 per cent of the people are Inuvialuit, and around 80 per cent of the people are unemployed. Work is seasonal, mostly related to building roads Inuvialuit people are not First Nations...

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Keeping the Faith: Few People, Vast Distances

BY Very Rev. Kieran Kilcommons The Diocese of Whitehorse comprises the top northern quarter of the province of British Columbia and the entire Yukon Territory. This 723,515-square kilometre area has a population of about 40,000. Our Catholic population of 7,500 is served in 23 parishes and missions. As Apostolic Administrator, I travel extensively to ensure...

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