WCR This Week

Leuwer embraces deacon's call to serve

June 27, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Joseph Leuwer read a Western Catholic Reporter newspaper article several years ago and thought to himself, "I can do that." "That" refers to serving as a deacon. His Catholic faith has always been close to Joe. The third of seven children, he attended Catholic schools right through high school. He was also an altar server, a service that enthralled him. Joe easily explained this childhood spiritual devotion. His duties as altar server took him into the separate areas of the church, and he embraced their mystery and sacredness. "I really quite enjoyed it."

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Hall retires from law because of burning desire to serve

June 27, 2016

Lawyer Michael Hall is excited about his upcoming ordination as a permanent deacon. He already knows how he is going to celebrate. "Our son Tom is an entertainer and plays guitar, so we are going to have some friends over at our place, and he is going to play the guitar and we are going to have a pig roast." But others in Lloydminster, like his good friend John Koep, are excited about what Hall will bring to St. Anthony's Parish and the community at large.

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Diocese first said 'no', then 'yes' to Tam's call to the diaconate

June 27, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Delay does not mean denial for Paul Tam in his journey to become a deacon. Tam, 55, had felt a call when he saw an advertisement to become a deacon. The ad perked his interest and he called Ron Woytiuk, Edmonton archdiocese's diaconate director at that time. Tam answered Woytiuk's questions and sent him the completed application forms.

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Downtown lawyer found new direction at chapel

Michael Pucylo
June 27, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, they had to take him to church kicking and screaming. Now they can't keep him away from church. Michael Pucylo, a 50-year-old injury lawyer with Miller Thomson for more than two decades, will be ordained a permanent deacon July 9. He is expected to serve at St. Agnes-St. Anthony's Parish, where he has been an active member for 10 years. "I felt I was being called by God," he explains in an interview at his downtown office.

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WCR Babies

Melody and Galilee
June 27, 2016

Rebecca Cey, the WCR's advertising co-ordinator, and Thandiwe Konguavi, WCR reporter, both brought new life into the world within the last month.

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Avoid war, settle your disputes amiably, pope says in homily

June 27, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A "my way or the highway" attitude is not Catholic - it's heretical, Pope Francis said. "Jesus always walks with us, he gives us the ideal, he accompanies us toward the ideal, he frees us from this cage of rigidity of the law," the pope said June 9 during a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Jesus teaches "a healthy realism," he said, one that endorses a peaceful resolution over a war of entrenched, opposing interests.

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See the face of the poor, says pope; don't turn them into statistics

June 27, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The key to ending extreme poverty and hunger is to recognize that behind every statistic, there is the face of a person who is suffering, Pope Francis said. "Poverty has a face! It has the face of a child; it has the face of a family; it has the face of people, young and old. It has the face of widespread unemployment and lack of opportunity. It has the face of forced migrations, and of empty or destroyed homes," the pope said.

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Francis pleads for end to child labour

June 27, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called on the world community to come together to eliminate the root causes that force millions of children into slave labour. Marking the World Day Against Child Labour June 12, the pope called for a renewed and united "effort to remove the causes of this modern slavery."

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'A sword has pierced the heart of our city'

June 27, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Bishop John Noonan of Orlando, Fla., urged people of faith "to turn their hearts and souls" to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12. "A sword has pierced the heart of our city," Noonan said in a statement. "The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual," he said.

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Silent war rages against religion and free speech

Stephen Woodworth
June 27, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

There's a silent war going on in Canada, and fundamental freedoms are at stake, said a former MP. "I'm here to tell you it no longer is a free nation for everyone," said lawyer and politician Stephen Woodworth. "In the last five years, a new era has been entered in Canada, where public authorities deliberately choose to eradicate or suppress the freedoms that our ancestors fought, sacrificed and died to preserve."

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