October 20, 2014

It has been a difficult week for the Edmonton Catholic School District with the passing of our beloved district chaplain, Father Michael Mireau.

His battle with cancer took him on a challenging journey that he shared openly with us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of how faith can carry us through adversity and pain; in the end bringing us all comfort and solace.

From the news of his death Sept. 22 to his funeral on Sept. 25, the outpouring of affection was really a celebration of his life.

There were messages to our district website, posts on Facebook and Twitter as well as extensive media coverage that culminated with the funeral being livestreamed on Global, CTV and CBC, in addition to the livestream by the archdiocese and district.

Father Catfish, as he was affectionately known to students and staff, had a passion for youth. He committed his life to showing them the beauty and importance of Jesus in their lives.

As district chaplain and also as chaplain at St. Francis Xavier High School, he often said that it was his dream job ministering to students and staff. His legacy and his dog Nemo are part of the fabric of Edmonton Catholic Schools.

We have been touched by the warmth of so many people and we thank you for helping us honour this remarkable individual. As Father Mike always said, "God is love." May he always be embraced in the fullness of this love.

Joan Carr
Edmonton Catholic Schools