Category: Stories

New Leadership Foundation!
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New Leadership Foundation!

Pictured: The First Leadership Cohort (May 2018 to April 2019) of fourteen women came together to begin a journey of learning and sharing, inspiring them to be transformational and influential leaders where they live and work. Inspired by a shared mission of a just and compassionate world nurtured by women, the Sisters of Service and the...

Star Light, Star Bright
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Star Light, Star Bright

Pictured: Maria showing CMIC donor Joan Pape how to make origami frogs leap. By Elvira Santiago Foronda With access to the internet on mobile devices that provide news, games, movies and more, one would not think of paper folding as fun. It was certainly fun meeting CMIC’s donor since 1988 and annuitant Mary Brath who...

It All Adds Up
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It All Adds Up

Pictured: Kids love to spell with Sr. Maggie. By Mickey Conlon Sr. Maggie Beaudette has found a little trash can go a long way. For the past 14 years she has been turning discarded pop cans, water bottles, milk jugs and other recyclables into cash for various community projects for the kids in Hay River, Northwest...

From Sea to Sea to Shining Sea
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From Sea to Sea to Shining Sea

Pictured: The congregation on Passion Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Keith is behind the mother and baby. Ben is to the left of Keith.   By Father David Reilander It’s an exciting title, don’t you think? It’s what I did on my way back from the Arctic at Easter. I left Gjoa Haven and...

Tea Light Service
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Tea Light Service

By Sr. Fay Trombley, S.C.I.C. Everyone knows what we like about the Food Bank and Thrift Store. BUT what do we like about Tuk Church? This is how people after Sunday brunch responded: “We like 11 a.m. service. We are all together even if we don’t have a priest.” “We like the way Dorothy and...

Intrepid Oblate
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Intrepid Oblate

By Agnieszka Ruck, The B.C. Catholic He had no idea how to ice fish, fire a gun, or ride a dogsled when Father Raymond de Coccola, OMI, arrived in a 1930s Inuit community in present-day Nunavut. The French-speaking oblate had only his sense of adventure, his desire to evangelize distant lands, and his camera with...

Christmas In Tuktoyaktuk
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Christmas In Tuktoyaktuk

By Father David Reilander The coast of the Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories. The sun won’t rise above the horizon for two more weeks and the ice is 6 feet thick. I visited Sr. Fay Trombley and the Inuvialuit to offer Mass on Christmas when it was -51C Celsius. Lucy Valle, whom you...

Rebuilding The Church
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Rebuilding The Church

By Mickey Conlon In early February Denise and Joshua Grimard were making one of their infrequent visits to Telegraph Creek, B.C. It was where the lay pastoral workers for the Diocese of Whitehorse called home until they were driven out, along with all the other inhabitants, by the forest fires that devastated northern B.C. last...

The End of an Era
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The End of an Era

By Denise Titian After decades of serving the spiritual needs of people of the Catholic faith in Ahousaht, on Feb. 7, 2018, St. Lawrence Catholic Church was bulldozed to the ground. The iconic little white church, built in the summer of 1956, had fallen into a state of disrepair and was condemned. At one point...

Where Have All the Oblates Gone in Fond Du Lac?
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Where Have All the Oblates Gone in Fond Du Lac?

Story and Photos by Father David Reilander The Laurentian Plateau, better known as the Canadian Shield, is composed of igneous and metamorphic rock around Hudson Bay that rose from great depths in the Precambrian and formed the core of North America after splitting off from ancient Arctica. The current surface is the root of eroded...