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Bob McKeon

Lent is more than 'giving up'; it also involves reaching out

Bob McKeon

March 31, 2014

On Shrove Tuesday, I was at a church pancake supper. The conversation quickly turned to Lent, which started the next day, and about fasting. Each of us started talking about the specifics of what we were going to give up during Lent. Different foods and activities were named. Every year, there is a Scripture passage (Isaiah 58) that talks about fasting that appears in the Liturgy of the Hours on Ash Wednesday and in the daily Mass readings two days later.

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Support for dignity of human work must be more than an icon

Bob McKeon

March 3, 2014

Two weeks ago, Judge Denny Thomas of the Court of Queen's Bench issued an unusual injunction which delayed implementation of Bill 46, the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, which had been hurriedly passed in the Alberta Legislature last December. This was the latest act in an ongoing drama of collective bargaining between the Alberta government and 22,000 provincial employees represented by the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE).

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Bouchard took 'Catholic view' of oilsands

Bob McKeon

February 3, 2014

Five years ago this month, Bishop Luc Bouchard of St. Paul, Alberta, issued his high profile pastoral statement, The Integrity of Creation and the Athabasca Oil Sands. Four months later, Bishop Murray Chatlain of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, downstream from the Alberta oilsands, issued a pastoral letter in support of the stance taken by Bouchard.

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Say 'no' to gaps between rich and poor, writes Francis

Bob McKeon

December 16, 2013

Last weekend, I took the time to read Pope Francis' new apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium. It is a demanding read (85 pages, single spaced). It is a joyful, exciting, surprising and hope-filled text that continually challenges the reader.

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Alberta's residential school stories must be told, heard by all

Bob McKeon

November 18, 2013

In recent weeks, I have been in many conversations with people talking about the upcoming National Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings to take place March 27-30 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

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Ecological crisis is a moral problem

Bob McKeon

October 21, 2013

Ecological issues are very much in the news these days. We read about the latest international report on climate change, debates on proposed bitumen pipelines and oil being shipped across Canada in railway tank cars, and provincial court decisions about the right of environmental groups to be able to attend and speak at public hearings concerning the construction of new oilsands plants.

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Be a bridge between city's rich and poor

Bob McKeon

September 16, 2013

Last month I attended an afternoon meeting at the Marian Centre in inner city Edmonton. At the end of the meeting, I was invited to join with the Marian Centre staff for the 5:15 pm Mass at St. Benedict's Chapel at Edmonton's City Centre Mall.

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Rose Prince Pilgrimage – a spiritual transformation

Bob McKeon

July 22, 2013

Last week I participated in the Rose Prince Pilgrimage at Lejac on Highway 16 in northern B.C. I was at the pilgrimage because I am a member of the organizing committee for the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry Program, a program initiated and supported by the Western Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Edmonton targets poverty's root cause

Bob McKeon

June 17, 2013

Several months ago, I was invited to join the steering committee for the Edmonton Poverty Reduction Initiative. This city committee is composed of leaders from different sectors of society including city council, business, front-line social agencies, health, education, labour and different orders of government. I am there as a "faith sector" representative.

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Welcome housing for the homeless in your backyard

Bob McKeon

May 20, 2013

Last month I attended a special event at the Bissell Centre in the heart of Edmonton's inner city. This event was the occasion for the public release of the Year 4 Update report on progress in Edmonton's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

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