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Mackenzie, Edmonton dioceses sign covenant of cooperation

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith have signed a covenant that will see the two dioceses expand their cooperation. The two dioceses have been working together for well over a year. The covenant, signed July 2 in Yellowknife by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop Mark Hagemoen, makes their partnership official. "I'm excited about this agreement because it provides an opportunity for Edmonton and Mackenzie-Fort Smith to work with each other," Hagemoen said July 9.

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Faith weaves throughout film course

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A good film is more than special effects and pretty girls. Underneath everything lies a compelling story. At Living Water College of the Arts this month, eight students are learning to tell not just any stories through film, but stories imbued with faith. "Pretty much anybody can teach you to be a technician, but what Hollywood really lacks these days is good storytellers," said Jacob Schmiedicke, the college's director of liberal and fine arts. Schmiedicke said the four-week program, Truth in Motion, run at the college near tiny Derwent, north of Vermilion, gives a basic overview of the filmmaking process from beginning to end. "It's unique in that we heavily emphasize story."

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Bern Will Brown added colour to a colourful land

Bern Will Brown

July 21, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

COLVILLE LAKE, N.W.T. – From mushing dog-teams 100 kms in minus 40C blizzards, to helping unionize a mine, Bern Will Brown had a job like few Catholic priests. Born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1920, Brown went to the Canadian Arctic in 1948 as an Oblate priest and travelled extensively by dog team throughout the region. Over the course of his life he served as a priest, a bush pilot, a dog musher, a painter, a journalist and a storyteller. In addition to his religious duties, he performed routine medical work such as delivering babies, sewing up axe cuts and pulling teeth. He also served as a fire warden, dogcatcher, storekeeper, postmaster and newspaper editor.

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Maskwacis natives hope Kateri brings healing to the people

July 21, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For about 65 years, since she was in her early twenties, Mary Sotto of the Ermineskin Reserve has been studying the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and praying to the Mohawk woman who was canonized in 2012. It was after she attended a conference on St. Kateri in 1989 in Great Falls, Mont., that Sotto's devotion grew and she centred her life on the Church. "I pray to her a lot, ever since I studied her life," Sotto, 86, said in an interview. "When something goes wrong or I need help, I turn to her.

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Northern mother went to cupboard and it was bare

Kedra Kimiksana

July 21, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

You may not remember your first cherry, but Kedra and Destiny Kimiksana will always remember theirs. The young sisters got to try a cherry thanks to Sister Faye Trombley, the missionary who runs Our Lady of Grace Parish in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. At 69 degrees north and 133 degrees west, on a little reach of land that extends into the Beaufort Sea, cherries are hard to come by and expensive. But it's not just cherries. All kinds of healthy foods are either rare, expensive or both in Arctic communities. Trombley's April grocery bill included such bargains as $4.09 for a bunch of broccoli, $19.99 for 700 grams of cheddar cheese, $25.14 for 295 ml of orange juice, $18.79 for three tins of sockeye salmon and $14.98 for five pounds of potatoes.

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Press corrects maternity home story

July 21, 2014
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Associated Press has said it falsely reported many aspects in a story about St. Mary's mother and baby home in Tuam, Ireland, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns. In May, local historian Catherine Corless revealed her research, which found that between 1925 and 1961, 976 infants died in the home for unmarried mothers and their children. She had found no evidence they were buried in local cemeteries and instead believed the children may have been buried in a common grave on the site.

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Couples For Christ helps families ward off 'attacks'

Noli Manuel

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Noli and Sam Manuel got married in September 2004, serving as a missionary couple was not the first thing on their minds. They were content to start their new life together as husband and wife in the Philippines. Even in 2005, when the elders of their church invited them to go on a long-term mission, they were reluctant. After Sam suffered a miscarriage, their acceptance of the call became clearer. They viewed it as a sign that if they put God first, he would take care of the rest. In March 2006, the couple flew to the Middle East to start their mission.

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Blessings and healings overflow as couples strive to be faithful

Judith Vasquez

July 21, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Joy Vasquez and his wife Judith have received a multitude of blessings during their 17 years of marriage. Judith was healed of a life-threatening illness and, despite the urgings of doctors to abort three of their pregnancies, all three babies avoided serious disabling conditions. "When we got married in 1996, we pictured ourselves having a big family. We wanted to have seven children. But the doctors told us that Judith could not conceive. It would be impossible for her," said Joy Vasquez. But one Easter evening, the couple got down on their knees and prayed. They asked the Virgin Mary to intercede for them, and bless them with a child.

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St. Mary's receives official Alta. Gov't designation as a university

July 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY – St. Mary's University College has received provincial government approval to change its name to St. Mary's University. "The name change has been long-awaited and is very welcome," said Dr. Gerry Turcotte, St. Mary's president. "St. Mary's is not a college in any respect," Turcotte said. "It is fully accredited to deliver undergraduate university degrees and a bachelor of education after-degree."

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Keeler appointed head of Canon Law Society

Fr. Roger Keeler

July 21, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Roger Keeler, a former pastor in the Edmonton Archdiocese, has been appointed executive director of the Canon Law Society of America. Ordained in 1984, Keeler has served at several parishes in the archdiocese, worked at the Alberta Regional Tribunal and taught at St. Joseph's College of the University of Alberta. He left Edmonton two years ago to accept Father Ron Rolheiser's invitation to teach at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

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