WCR This Week

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
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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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John Paul's beatification greeted with tears of joy

May 9, 2011
FR. RAYMOND DE SOUZA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

VATICAN CITY — One of our young people at Newman House recently asked me whether I ever cry. I tear up quite rarely, save for the liturgy, when it happens not rarely, and not just at funerals. Perhaps it is a grace God has given me, to feel on occasion the reality that the liturgy makes manifest.

Tears often mark an intense encounter with reality, and the liturgy opens to us the world that is most real. Whether grace or simple sentimentality, weepiness can be rather awkward for a priest, as it gets in the way of leading the worship and is rather distracting for the people.

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New state deputy transformed by faith

Gary Johnson

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gary Johnson of St. Albert is the new leader of the 17,000 Knights of Columbus in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Johnson, 64, was elected state deputy at the Knights’ convention in Calgary April 29 to May 1. He was state secretary prior to the election.

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WCR receives 5 Church press awards

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May 9, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Western Catholic Reporter has again been honoured for general excellence among Canadian Church newspapers.

The WCR received the second place award for general excellence among regional Church newspapers at the annual convention of the Canadian Church Press, held April 27-29 in Chicago.

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The cross is humanity's liberation

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — They walked in silence through the streets of downtown Edmonton following a small wooden cross.

About 80 Catholics, including a handful of seminarians from St. Joseph Seminary, took part in the Way of the Cross organized by Communion and Liberation, a local Catholic movement with international roots.

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