Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 22, 2009
Bishops, supreme knight headline Year 2 of Nothing More Beautiful
EDMONTON - Five bishops and the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus headline the list of speakers for the second year of the Edmonton Archdiocese's Nothing More Beautiful evangelization program.
Archbishop Thomas Collins will give his first talk in Edmonton on Dec. 10 since being moved from the archdiocese to become archbishop of Toronto in January 2007.
Collins will be the Dec. 10 catechist, speaking on Jesus Christ: The Way, the Truth and the Life.
The witness that evening will be Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life, a New York-based women's religious community dedicated to protecting the sacredness of life.
Archbishop Richard Smith launched the five-year Nothing More Beautiful evangelization process a year ago in hopes that it will inspire local Catholics to embrace the call to spread the Gospel "with joy and enthusiasm."
Each year will focus on some aspect of the Catholic faith. The theme for the second year will be Encountering Anew the Beauty of Christ.
All five catechists for year two will be bishops. The witnesses who also give talks during the Thursday evening Vespers services come from a variety of walks of life.
Smith will be the catechist at the first session on Oct. 29 focusing on Jesus Christ: Word of God Made Flesh.
The witness that evening will be Edmonton teacher Lydia Cristini, who has served in a variety of youth ministries locally, nationally and internationally.
The third session on Feb. 4 will feature Whitehorse Bishop Gary Gordon speaking on Jesus Christ: Lamb of God and Bread of Life.
Sister Annata Brockman, long-time local teacher, principal and pastoral associate in Edmonton, will provide the witness. A school currently under construction in the city is to be named after her.
On April 15, Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller will address the evening's theme, Jesus Christ: Crucified and Risen Lord.
George Weigel, one of the leading Catholic intellectuals in the U.S., will provide the evening's witness. Weigel is the author or editor of 20 books and is a frequent commentator on public policy issues from a Catholic perspective.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardio of Galveston-Houston will speak May 27 on the theme, Jesus Christ: Revelation of the Trinity. DiNardio is head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee.
He will be joined that evening by witness Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus.
All sessions will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Basilica.
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