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Student never forgot St. James School

July 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — As the school year comes to a close we take the opportunity to look back at significant events that marked the year in a special way.

A special marker at St. James School is a story that began over 50 years ago with the opening of the school and the arrival of the Cieselkski family.

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Seminarians obliged to keep a media fast

July 4, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — When Thomas Collins was in the seminary, he felt like the busiest, most rushed guy in town. Now, as archbishop of Toronto, he wants to give seminarians a chance to stop and reflect — something he wishes he could have done more often.

For the incoming class at St. Augustine's Seminary, that will mean a media fast — abstaining from electronic and traditional media of all types — for much of their first year. No phones or cellphones, no Internet or computer games, no TV or radio. No modern devices or even old friends like newspapers and magazines.

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Canadian Martyrs' shrine a place of pilgrimage for those of many cultures

St. Jean de Brébeuf

July 4, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MIDLAND, ONT. — In 2003, Zofia Szaflarski was invited by a friend to join a weeklong walking pilgrimage to the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland. Hesitant but curious, Szaflarski agreed and since then she has been "addicted."

Several walks later, Szaflarski now helps organize and promote the annual pilgrimage.

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New magazine will speak for Judeo-Christian values

July 4, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWs

OTTAWA — An Ottawa-based think tank has launched Canadian Observer, a culturally conservative Canadian quarterly its editor, Richard Bastien, hopes will engage Catholic readers.

"The culture has turned against Christians generally," said Bastien, a Catholic and retired economist who is a senior research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. The centre's president, Joseph Ben-Ami, an Orthodox Jew, is the magazine's publisher.

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St. Thérèse inspired Fr. Inglis' vocation

Fr. Brian Inglis

July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

HINTON — After he read the works of St. Thérèse de Lisieux as a teenager, Brian Inglis knew he wanted to dedicate his life to serving the Lord.

So he joined the Basilian Fathers right out of high school and was ordained a priest for this teaching community of men in 1961.

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Autobiography shelters city's homeless

Jeannette Romaniuk

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Jeannette Romaniuk had a passion to help the homeless.

"My sister and I were obsessed with the plight of the homeless in Edmonton," said Romaniuk.

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Yearning for mercy, Caravaggio turned to spiritual subjects

July 4, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As Caravaggio's personal life unraveled, his paintings became more deeply spiritual, perhaps because of his own need for mercy says an art historian and expert on the 17th-century Italian master.

The more and more sorrow he experienced, the more and more spiritual his work became, said University of Vienna art historian Sebastian Schütze.

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More budget cuts could erode schools

Debbie Engel

July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — If cutbacks to education continue, education in Alberta will deteriorate the same way it did in the United States, which now ranks 17th worldwide in terms of education quality.

This warning comes from Debbie Engel, the chair of the board of Edmonton Catholic Schools, which is now trying to deal with a $9.6-million budget shortfall.

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God in Human History treks through 2,000 years

Br. Donatus Vervoort

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — People with a clear understanding of the Church's past have a clearer view of God's presence today and greater hope for the future.

Brother Donatus Vervoort emphasizes that there is a lot more to history than names, dates and facts. Looking beyond the learned facts that can be found in any history textbook, he wants students at an upcoming summer institute to have a far deeper insight pertaining to historical events.

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Augustine refused to be lukewarm

St. Francis de Sales

June 20, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Overcoming sin is the first step leading to what St. Francis de Sales calls "the devout life." It is also the most difficult step, one never fully completed in this lifetime.

No one expressed this better than St. Augustine. His Confessions describes an ongoing war on many fronts to overcome sin. Augustine simply would not be baptized so that he could become a lukewarm Catholic. If he was going to be a Christian, it would only be when he made a commitment to obliterate sin and its vestiges from his life.

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