Category: Stories

Prairie Shepherd Missionary Disciple
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Prairie Shepherd Missionary Disciple

By Bishop Bryan Bayda You may have heard it said, “You can take the boy out of the prairie, but you can’t take the prairie out of the boy!” Well, Ithink this is true about me and also true of many. Stop and think about the personal experiences you had growing up. There are places...

CMIC and the Canadian Ukrainian Catholic Church
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CMIC and the Canadian Ukrainian Catholic Church

By Father David Reilander Two years-ago, I made my first mission trip to the Eparchy of New Westminster near Vancouver to visit Bishop Ken Nowakowski and get acquainted with the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which CMIC assists. I knew very little about our sister Church. Bishop Ken gave me a huge volume and asked me to...

Josephine Heslenfeld: Timeless Kindness
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Josephine Heslenfeld: Timeless Kindness

BY ANNE HANLEY The devotion of donors to our missionaries knows no bounds. Every day, we see the commitment of friends and benefactors in the donations, letters and calls that we receive from across our land. Josephine Heslenfeld was one such friend and donor. Josephine wrote to us in October 2017—enclosing a donation and letting...

Sister of Charity Receives National Honour
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Sister of Charity Receives National Honour

BY SR. ROMA DE ROBERTIS VICTORIA, B.C. — Long­time northern Canadian missionary Sister Fay Trom­bley received the prestigious Polar Medal from Governor General Julie Payette at Government House here March 21. The Sister of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) has minis­tered in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. since late 2005 among mainly Inuvi­aluit Indigenous people. The Polar...

Missionary Presence – Wasagamach, Mb
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Missionary Presence – Wasagamach, Mb

STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANNE HANLEY A 23,000 hectare wildfire in August 2017 forced the evacuation of over 5,000 people from the northern Mani­toba Oji-Cree communities of St. Theresa Point, Wasagamach and Garden Hill to Winnipeg and Brandon. Located approximately 470 kms north of Winnipeg, the Oji-Cree communities are iso­lated. St. Theresa Point has a...

Remembering Rev. Msgr. Philip Kennedy
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Remembering Rev. Msgr. Philip Kennedy

IN MEMORIAM BY FR. DAVID REILANDER, PRESIDENT CMIC Msgr. Philip Kennedy died April 5th. Phil and I were in seminary together for a short time. I was struck by his maturity and wisdom. I didn’t see him again until years later at the funeral of my cousin near Alliston, where he’d been pastor. It was...

Answering Mary’s Call
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Answering Mary’s Call

Story and Photos by Anne Hanley Solomon Mason remembers the early days of the St. Theresa Point Marian retreat. The 5-day summer retreat is now in its 14th year, but its history goes back much further to the days when a few families of the northern Manitoba Oji-Cree community gathered after Mass on Sunday afternoons...

The Kahpeaysewat Brothers’ Dream
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The Kahpeaysewat Brothers’ Dream

By Mickey Conlon A dying man’s vision and his older brother’s promise to see it through have combined to grace the Moosomin First Nation with a new church to replace the community’s aging church that had seen better days. From a dilapidated, rundown house that in its former glory was once home to Hilliard Paul...

The Power of Love and Forgiveness
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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...

Made it to the shortest day of the year
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Made it to the shortest day of the year

Although we’ve survived the darkness, I’m sure it will be thrilling to have the sun back. Originally from Fraser Lake, British Columbia, the Steiner family are on mission in the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese. Below, Theresa Steiner narrates their family’s first few months in Tsiigehtchic, Inuvik, Northwest Territories.  By Therese Steiner Well, we have made it...