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Camp Encounter honours those who built a tradition

July 2, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Camp Encounter, a 100-acre property set on the eastern shores of Lac la Nonne, has been part of the Catholic scene for more than a century. The Church has been using it in various forms since 1901.

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God's hand moves priest to Calgary

Fr. Joaquim (Jack) Pereira

July 16, 2012
VIRGINIA BATTISTE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On his way from Goa in India to an assignment at a Portuguese-speaking parish in San Jose, Calif., in mid-1988, Father Joaquim (Jack) Pereira was unexpectedly denied access to the United States and stranded at the Toronto airport.

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Medjugorje prayer

July 16, 2012

People place their hands at the bottom of a crucifix as they pray on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje.

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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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