Category: Stories

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...

My Holy Week Up North
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My Holy Week Up North

By Father Don Stein The past Holy Week marked my fifth Holy Week at Our Lady of Grace Mission in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. I missed last year because of a serious hip surgery, but was able to find a replacement in the person of Oblate Father Joe Gouthier of Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert, Alberta....

48 Pews Sent 2,300 km to Rankin Inlet
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48 Pews Sent 2,300 km to Rankin Inlet

Files from CMIC staff and Don Proctor When Father Marcin Rumik reached out to Catholic Missions In Canada with a pressing need for 48 pews for his parish, the Church of Mary our Mother, in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, little did he know the perfect pews would be found 2,300 kilometers away in a former church...

Spring Greening and Building the Faith North of 60
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Spring Greening and Building the Faith North of 60

BY Father Jon Hansen C.Ss.R. With the arrival of Spring I resolved to plant a garden and produce some of my own vegetables. I joined the local garden society and rented a small, raised bed in the community greenhouse, an old hockey arena that has been converted for the purpose. The greenhouse is one of...

Challenges of Being a Missionary
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Challenges of Being a Missionary

President’s Note By: Father David Reilander As I travel through the North of Canada and visit dioceses, I am always astounded by the conditions and the stark realities that bishops and missionaries face.  If only I could take all of our donors to see what their generousity funds. Canadian missions are amongst the most rugged...