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July 20, 2008
WCR Letters to the Editor
Look for new ways to work with JP II Bible School
Thank God for young people like Eric Welwood of Ottawa (WCR Letters, June 15). He is a product of John Paul II Bible School and a member of Catholic Christian Outreach. I agree with him that we should find new ways to work with the school.
To me, John Paul II and CCO are works of the Spirit. They started like a little seed and have grown. John Paul II bought an old hospital in Radway for $1 and was not a burden to the dioceses it served.
I for one gave $1,000 from the start to make renovations because I could see our Catholic boys and girls attending evangelical Bible schools, most of them lost to the Church and some became pastors in other churches. The trend is still going on and there isn't too much concern.
The greatest problem I think is the indifference of too many priests. I speak to many who do not know JP2 Bible School existed.
When Oblate Father Hervé Delisle was chaplain there, I followed the group and was edified. The daily Mass was joyful and well done, the weekly prayer meeting was inspiring and we had lectures on the letter to the Hebrews by Father Denis Phaneuf that were as good as we received in the seminary.
Our young people are hungry for the Word of God as the World Youth Days in Toronto and elsewhere have proven. When they come back home, is there enough follow up?
Among the John Paul II alumni, there are many out there like Eric Welwood who are ready to take up the challenge for a new and fruitful era.
Fr. Fernand Ducharme
JPII transformative, created spiritual base
My year as a student at the John Paul II Bible School, in Radway was 1997-98.
I then became a staff member in 1998 and then worked as an associate director until June 2005.
I was 49 years of age when I arrived as a student. I had been active in my faith for many years and was excited to allow God to unfold new areas of growth and faith in my life. The one-year program was transforming and healing as I came to understand the richness of my own brokenness.
My transformation was similar to what the many young adults and youth who came to the Bible school received. Many came back on staff for a second year.
Their time at the Bible school, getting to know Jesus, created that important spiritual base before they went on to pursue careers and vocations.
After 25 years of service to young people, the John Paul II Bible School is closing.
So what is our role as evangelized Catholic laity? We must continue being the salt and light in our present environments.
We must keep in touch with the joy of giving and serving each other in love.
True joy, happiness and inner peace come from giving of ourselves to others.
That truth, however, is usually discovered when we are confronted with our brokenness. There is a mysterious link between our brokenness and our ability to give to others.
Our ministry as John Paul II Bible School leaders is to continue to listen to young people, and look into their hearts with a nonjudgmental response, acknowledge their pain, and notice them doing things right and brag about them.
Seminary cost contrasts with birth in a manger
Re: your June 29 front page,"$15M more needed to build seminary and college."
Jesus was born in a manger in a stable. His priests are trained in five-star premises. Are we talking about the same Jesus?
Yes, we need proper premises for the seminary and Newman College. However, $57 million, when the archdiocese now owns the property it obtained from an order of sisters!
I personally find the whole process scandalous and counter-productive. Jesus' mission will eventually prevail and a more wholesome though painful realignment will ensure.
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