WCR This Week

Sister was captivated with the desire to serve

May 18, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One wonders how a young woman raised on a beautiful coffee plantation in Guatemala would end up a religious sister in Canada. Indeed, that was not Sister Gabriela Villela's plan. "I wanted to marry and have many children," she said in a recent interview. The fourth of six children, Villela said all were baptized, "but we never went to church." Life in the country on the inherited coffee plantation was good.

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Halifax Sisters of Charity built on Seton's legacy

Sr. Elizabeth Ann Seton
May 18, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The seeds of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were planted by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Born into a wealthy physician's family in New York in 1774, Elizabeth married William Seton when she was 19. Theirs was a love-filled marriage, made rich with five children. Seton saw past her comfortable life and began the Widow's Society for the destitute women and children in New York.

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UN, climate scientists eager for environment encyclical

May 18, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

UN leader Ban Ki-moon and some climate scientists are banking on Pope Francis to be a unifying moral force to get the world onboard in the fight against global warming. Even though previous popes have spoken strongly against harming the earth and its inhabitants, one world-renowned atmospheric scientist said it is going to be Pope Francis "to save the day." Pope Benedict XVI, who has been lauded as the "green pope" for his attention to taking care of creation, "made some amazingly helpful statements on the environment" during his eight-year pontificate, said scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan.

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Youth find life in the Bible

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When students walk into Lorne Zelyck's Introduction to the Bible class at the University of Alberta's St. Joseph's College, he can quickly tell the difference between a young person who has had Bible reading fostered in their life and one who has not. "Sometimes it's tragic how little they know," said Zelyck, whose students tend to be about 20 or 21 years of age.

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Sister honoured for lifetime of work in the missions

Sr. Andrea Dumont
May 18, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Sister Andrea Dumont, a missionary Sister of St. Joseph, has been honoured this year with Catholic Missions In Canada's St. Joseph Award. The award is presented annually at Catholic Missions' Tastes of Heaven gala, held April 24 at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, Ont. Dumont was fêted for her missionary work that took her first to Guatemala and then back to Canada and the North where the soft-spoken sister has worked since 1981 in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas.

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Fatima 'lifts veil' on evil, persecuted Church — cardinal

May 18, 2015
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The so-called "secrets" of Our Lady of Fatima tell of today's Christian persecution, in addition to the martyrdom of the past century, said Cardinal Angelo Amato. The prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes opened a conference May 7 on The Message of Fatima between Charism and Prophecy. The text of his talk was published May 8 on the website of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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Local priest helps northern mission during Holy Week

Fr. Don Stein
May 18, 2015
FR. DON STEIN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This past Holy Week was the fifth one that I have spent at Our Lady of Grace Mission in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. I missed last year because of a serious hip surgery, but was able to find a replacement in the person of Oblate Father Joe Gouthier of Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert. He not only replaced me for Holy Week, but remained there for one month. Because of the shortage of priests in the northern dioceses, they are dependent on volunteer priests to assist them for Christmas and Holy Week. Otherwise, the pastoral leaders in those remote areas have to celebrate these important feasts with lay-led liturgies and Communion services.

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Archbishop Roussin bore many burdens with courage

May 18, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

WINNIPEG – Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Roussin, archbishop of Vancouver from 2004 to 2009, died here April 24 at age 75. Roussin, who had been tasked with closing down one diocese, pulling another out of debt, and handling his own struggle with depression and illness, was known as a courageous leader. "Bishop Ray was the good shepherd," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Victoria. "He never complained. He was never angry or bitter or resentful."

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Conversion is first step in lifelong journey to Christ

Scott Hahn
May 18, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Before Scott Hahn became a Catholic he was familiar with ways to bring people to Christ, but now he sees conversion as a lifelong process. As a Presbyterian, Hahn said he knew methods to bring people to Christ and to invite them to pray the Sinner's Prayer. They would ask Christ's forgiveness and for Jesus to come and live in their hearts. He could invite people to become Christians this way while on a plane or even an elevator.

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Consecration to Jesus through Mary 'changed everything'

Fr. Michael Gaitley
May 18, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – When Michael Gaitley consecrated himself to Jesus through the Virgin Mary, he stopped chasing girls, felt the close spiritual presence of Mary, went into "monk mode" and eventually became a priest. At the time, Gaitley was a student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and was delighted with the three-to-one girl-to-guy ratio there.

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