Making Good Use of Your Donations

I was back in northern BC, running between 5 churches for 6 weeks beginning in June. Whitehorse is the only northern diocese where one can drive to all 23 missions, with no fly-in communities to worry about. Bishop Hector Vila placed me at St. Ann’s church in Watson Lake, just above the BC border. When […]

A Prophetic Nudge

When Anna Pagliuso ‘volunteered’ her husband Bill to join the Finance Committee for Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, neither of them could have foreseen the vital role that he would have in the future of the parish community.  Eighteen months later, the 107-year-old church suffered a devastating fire. On August 30, […]

History of the Doctrine of Discovery

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Original article “The Catholic doctrine of discovery is already null and void” re-printed from and with the permission of Per Diem the Hub’s Daily Newsletter ( At last, the Pope has apologized on Canadian soil for the Catholic role in this country’s shameful history of residential schools. Will the apology be accepted? A friend reminded […]

Reflection on the Papal Apology

Your Holiness, I am an 83-year-old woman, born and raised Roman Catholic Christian from the Swampy Cree Nation. I want to thank you for being with us in our homeland of Canada, to share our pain and our sorrow during this time of finding unmarked graves and reliving the era of the residential school system. […]

Meaning of the Word Mission

The Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, Praedicate evangelium, came into effect on the Solemnity of Pentecost. Significant to our interest is the unification of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization into the Dicastery for Evangelization. The heads of both are now pro-prefects, reporting directly to […]

Whitehorse: Two Priests and a Bishop

Periodically I get inquiries about volunteering for mission work. It’s understandable since we are an organization concerned with evangelization. From a practical point of view, we make people aware of and raise funds for home missions, but we don’t place missionaries. That’s the jurisdiction of bishops. It would be great if there was an agency […]