Category: Stories

The Church Burned Down
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The Church Burned Down

By Mickey Conlon It was a Sunday in late July, not unlike most Sundays for Denise Grimard, save for the fact she was about eight months pregnant. She was attending Mass at St. Theresa’s Mission Church in Telegraph Creek, B.C., the mission church her husband, Joshua, had just put a roof on. Her youngest of...

The Witness
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The Witness

By Elvira Santiago Foronda , Charitable Gifts Manager One of our donors established a family endowment fund to support the urgent needs of our missions. I was pleasantly surprised during our conversation when he said, “I want to establish this endowment to inspire my children, who are not very close to the church, to help...

Shared Lay Formation Program
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Shared Lay Formation Program

By Sr.Bonita Komarnicki, SSMI In 1996, the Eparchy of Saskatoon had a Needs Assessment Survey. From that Survey, the biggest need from the Assessment was Adult Education. Sr. Patricia Lacey, SSMI and Sr. Gloria Mokry, SSMI from the Ukrainian Catholic Religious Education Centre met with the Saskatoon Diocesan Lay Formation Program Directors. After a great...

Praying with Paint
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Praying with Paint

By Michael Swan Love and pictures go together. You can piece together who and what anybody loves by the pictures on their phone, the pictures they hang on their walls, the pictures pinned to their cubicle at work and the pictures they’ve posted to Facebook. But the next question has to be that Bee Gees...

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...