WCR This Week

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From drug dealer to monk

Fr. Taras Kraychuk

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After years of a life of hedon-ism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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Vatican II opened the door to New Evangelization

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosia

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All Catholics, not just priests and nuns, are called to evangelize, says a American theologian. In fact, the Church exists in order to evangelize, says Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, a theologian and writer from Texas.

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Church will strive to help youth encounter Christ

Fr. Dan Gurnick

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese has three pastoral priorities for youth: 1) Help them encounter Christ, 2) Form them in the faith of his Church, and 3) Help them discover their personal call.

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Precious Blood monastery closes after 87 years

Sr. Consolata

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After 87 years of continuous prayer on behalf of the needs of the people of Edmonton, the Sisters of the Precious Blood are closing their cloistered Edmonton monastery.

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Mennonite leader wins Kevin Carr Award

Dr. Kae Neufeld

July 16, 2012
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – A former associate pastor of a Mennonite church, who launched an annual Christmas banquet for inmates serving life sentences and their families, is this year's winner of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award.

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Wheelchair program promoter becomes beneficiary himself

Michael Rodda

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Michael Rodda spent most of his working years as an educational psychologist, assisting people with disabilities, particularly deaf children. Ironically, he is now losing his own hearing.

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St. Pius Parish mourns as church hosts its last Mass

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It was a gloomy Canada Day for most members of St. Pius X Parish in north Edmonton. While the country celebrated, they were mourning the closure of their 58-year-old parish.

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Local Anglo-Catholics ready for union with Rome

July 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Six Anglicans from Edmonton want to join the Roman Catholic Church under special provisions handed down by the pope two years ago.

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Ordination a joy-filled celebration

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The congregation erupted in cheers and applause as Archbishop Richard Smith declared the young man ordained to the priesthood. "Father Miguel. It does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it?"

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Conference a feast of faith for 500 Catholic families

July 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Wanda and John Lazzari of Camrose took the advice of friends and spent the Canada Day weekend at the Catholic Family Life Conference.

"It has been an amazing weekend," Wanda said.

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