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April 27, 2009
CWL aids seminarian / Posters and essays / Memorial Service
CAMROSE – A young seminarian studying for the Edmonton Archdiocese has a little extra spending money to help him along.
For many years the Edmonton Diocesan Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada has presented an annual $500 Doreen Melton Scholarship to a seminarian from St. Joseph Seminary. This is one of the ways in which the league fulfills its commitment to support vocations in the archdiocese.
This year’s winner of the Doreen Melton Scholarship is Michael Joosten. The eldest of seven children, his home parish is St. Stephen in Olds where he grew up. His mother, Theresa Joosten, is a member of the CWL in Olds.
“From age four or so I have felt called to the priesthood, and after I graduated high school I applied to seminary,” said Joosten.
Since he came from Olds, he applied to study for the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Then-Archbishop Thomas Collins accepted him, and Joosten began his studies in the fall of 2006.
“I am now finishing my philosophy studies, and will begin my fourth year in seminary, my first year in theology, this fall at the seminary’s temporary location,” Joosten told the WCR. The scholarship money is much appreciated. Tuition is not cheap and seminarians are not generally rich, he said.
In January of each year, the diocesan president writes to the rector of St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton requesting the recommendation of an appropriate candidate.
WCR PHOTO | CHRIS MILLER
This poster by Jenna Bigelow, a grade 6 student from Leduc, won first prize.
Every year the league holds a poster/essay contest.
The 14th annual contest’s theme is based on the league’s national theme, Women of Peace and Hope and was adapted so that children would give thought to Canada’s peacekeeping role in the world.
“This is one way that our diocese can help share our concerns for our troops overseas,” said Cathy Bouchard, the league’s outgoing president.
Younger students, from kindergarten to Grade 6, were asked to write or draw on the subject: Why do you think Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan are people of peace and hope? The older students were asked to write on: How are the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan a reflection of Canadians being a people of peace and hope?
First place winners won $50 cash. Among the winning entries were Jenna Bigelow, Brandon Kegler, Lacy Janke, Jasmine Maerz, Brianna Saskiw, Lauren Bussiere, Olivia Frank and Sidney Strang.
They wrote on the military’s role in humanitarian efforts, and how the deployed troops are striving towards improving literacy, eliminating poverty, and maintaining a secure environment in Afghanistan.
There were 456 entries. Camrose had the most entries with 177.
All entries will be sent to Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
WCR PHOTO | CHRIS MILLER
A CWL member lights a candle for recently deceased members of the league
The saddest moment of the league’s annual convention is the memorial service for deceased members.
The names of league members who died over the past year were read aloud. A representative from every zone then lit a candle in honour of those deceased members.
Leading the service on Saturday morning, April 18 was Father Marc Cramer from Wetaskiwin’s Sacred Heart Parish.
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