WCR This Week

Priesthood a vocation of hope

May 16, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Nine years after his ordination, Father Joselito Cantal remains enamoured with his vocation.

“I’m happy as a priest because I’m doing what God wants me to do,” he says. “God knew my weaknesses and still chose me to serve his people.”

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God harvests bumper vocations crop

May 16, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — The Saskatoon Diocese is harvesting a bumper crop of priestly vocations in the next month with two ordinations to the priesthood and another two to the transitional diaconate.

Seven young men have been attending seminary for the diocese, including Hoang Nguyen and Gregory Roth of Saskatoon, who will be ordained to the transitional diaconate in the parishes where they served their internship year in 2009-10.

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Sisters fulfilled in N. Alta

May 16, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Many mainstream cultures have a great need to take the blinders off and experience other cultures.

That is the underlying message of two Sisters of Sainte-Chretienne, Bernadette Gautreau and Jeannette Berger, who have been serving in northern Alberta since the 1950s.

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Sisters receive missionary honours

Fr. Joseph Baril

May 16, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

VAUGHN, ONT. — Three missionaries serving in the Canadian North received the 2011 St. Joseph's Award on May 5.

Catholic Missions in Canada bestows the award annually. It recognizes and honours missionaries whose dedication as a light of the world and salt of the earth serve as role models for today's society.

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Prayers, adoration crucial in discerning one's vocation

May 16, 2011
EMILY LAHR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When she professed her vows, the ceremony was like a divine wedding, said Sister Bethany Madonna, a member of the Sisters of Life in New York.

The church was filled with flowers and the voices of the nuns as they chanted the hymns, she said. “Heaven comes down to earth.”

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Sask native woman finds God's peace in Mich. convent

May 16, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The fresh-faced, habit-garbed sister leaned forward in her chair and said to Oprah, “Jesus is a hard husband to be married to because if something goes wrong in the relationship, I know it’s me.”

Oprah and her audience burst out laughing at Sister Mary Judith’s witty, yet profound statement about her relationship with Jesus.

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Priesthood vocation is a life, not a career

May 16, 2011
EMILY LAHR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A vocation to the priesthood is a life, not a career, said Father James Arwady.

“Once I got into seminary, God took over,” said the priest, who was ordained in 2010 and is associate pastor at St. Thomas a’ Becket Church in Canton, Mich.

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Archbishop Smith condemns sexual exploitation of children

May5, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The involvement of one of the Church’s shepherds in “a heinous sexual crime” goes against everything the Catholic Church stands for, says Archbishop Richard Smith.

Catholics have a deep sense, “almost in our genes,” of the beauty, sacredness and dignity of the sacrament of Holy Orders, Smith said in reaction to Bishop Raymond Lahey’s guilty plea to a charge of importing child pornography.

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Bishop Lahey pleads guilty to importing child porn

May 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Bishop Raymond Lahey pleaded guilty to the importation of child pornography May 4 and asked to go directly to jail, even though a date has not been set for his sentence hearing.

The former bishop of Antigonish, N.S., faced two child porn charges, but the Crown and defence counsel agreed to drop the more serious charge of possession of child pornography for the purpose of transmission.

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Seminary receives its blessing

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Under sunny skies and surrounded by bishops, priests, deacons and lay people, Archbishop Richard Smith prayed that St. Joseph Seminary may be a “school of prayer and a centre of divine teaching.”

The blessing of the new seminary May 2 was the culmination of years of working toward the fulfillment of a dream – the move of the seminary and Newman Theological College to the grounds of the Catholic Pastoral Centre in central Edmonton.

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