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The Promise of Catholic Education

Last updated on March 20, 2017

THE PROMISE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

MARCH 17, 2017

This is a challenging moment for Catholic education, but it is also a promising time. Catholic education is of great importance in our time for all of society, said Monsignor James P. Shea in a March 10 public lecture in the Campion College Riffel auditorium.

Msg. Shea, President of the Bismark, North Dakota, Catholic University of Mary, told the almost sold out crowd that society has changed. A society based largely on Christian principles and gospel values is not the norm. “This is a radical change in society and this presents us as Catholic educators with great challenges.  We need to pay attention to the signs of the times and respond accordingly.” He then went on to speak about Catholic education in terms of a wounded society and the, “salves Catholic education offers for those wounds”. Msg. Shea spoke with the Prairie Messenger a few days following his lecture.

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37th Annual Nash Memorial Lecture

Last updated on March 17, 2017

Dr. Arlette Zinck, teacher to Omar Khadr, will deliver the 37th annual Nash Memorial Lecture, Discerning a Path Toward Hope: A Liberal Arts University’s Journey with Omar Khadr, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Auditorium, University of Regina (main campus). 

In her lecture, Dr. Zinck will relay the story that took members of The King’s University community to Guantanamo Bay, and into a series of Canadian prisons. What began as an effort to teach King’s students, and ended with Omar Khadr becoming a King’s student. In September of 2008 students and faculty at The King’s University, Edmonton were introduced to the Omar Khadr case. In the seven years that followed, the community at King’s wrestled with that hopelessness and learned a few lessons in the process.  This is a story about how a university community learned how to connect their faith to their learning and their theory to their practice in a way that directed them toward hope. 

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The presidents of Campion College, Luther College, First Nations University of Canada, and the University of Regina present: 2017 Forward Together Lecture: Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God. Listen to Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries---the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. On Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Auditorium. Admission is free. Complimentary parking is available in lots 7 and 8.

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, SJ, is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries (http://www.homeboyindustries.org/ ) in Los Angeles, Calif.  From 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.  He witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during what...

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37th Nash Memorial Lecture with Dr. Arlette Zinck

Last updated on February 28, 2017

Campion College presents the 37th annual Nash Memorial Lecture Discerning a Path Toward Hope: A Liberal Arts University’s Journey with Omar Khadr delivered by guest lecturer Dr. Arlette Zinck. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Auditorium, University of Regina (main campus). Admission is free. Complimentary parking is available in lots 7 and 8.

In her lecture, Dr. Zinck will relay the story that took members of The King’s University community to Guantanamo Bay, and into a series of Canadian prisons. In September of 2008, students and faculty at The King’s University, Edmonton were introduced to the Omar Khadr case. In the seven years that followed, the community at King’s wrestled with that hopelessness and learned a few lessons in the process. This is a story about how a university community learned how to connect their faith to their learning and their theory to their practice in a way that directed them toward hope. What...

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Regina Catholic School's AGM

Last updated on February 9, 2017

The Regina Roman Catholic School Division continues to have one of the best academic records in the province, according to reports given at the Annual General meeting held February 6 at the Catholic Education Centre. “Our Annual Report shows that our students continue to achieve above provincial standards in most academic categories that are measured,” said Director of Education Domenic Scuglia. “This is a tribute to the commitment all our employees make to ensure all our students reach their full potential.”

Catholic School Board Chair Donna Ziegler said the Trustees appreciate that results like that do not happen by chance; that it requires the effort and care of the entire education community. On behalf of all the Trustees she expressed appreciation to all school-based administrators, teachers, education support professionals, custodians, Catholic education Centre staff and all who had a hand in the education of the students. “We are truly blessed to have such caring and...

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Archbishop Bolen hosts "Brew Aware"

Last updated on February 7, 2017

Brew Aware attracted students, alumni, staff and friends to a question and answer session with Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen. The event was held in the senior common room of Campion College on January 29.   It was billed as an open session with no subject limits, which Archbishop Bolen repeated in his opening remarks.

His opening remarks provided insight to his theological and personal interests; he is currently deeply invested in the Truth and Reconciliation process.  He talked about his work in Rome with the Pontifical Commission on Council for Promoting Christian unity; his continuing interest and involvement in Ecumenism; his PhD journey and his thesis idea that never came to fruition - Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue – because his time was at capacity.

Archbishop Bolen told the informal group that Catholics are not very good at articulating our faith “although we are getting better at it,” he said, “it certainly is a challenge for us today to become articulate...

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"Woe betide me if I do not proclaim the gospel!" (1Cor. 9:16).

These words of St. Paul urge us as Christians who have a duty to bring the Word of God to others because Evangelizationis the nature ofthe Church.

While visiting the classrooms, I meet many students whose parents are non-practicing Catholics and teachers who are not passionate about God. Therefore, these students are missing out on the experience of God’s love, and are losing the opportunity to know God’s love. Also, they may not realize what they are missing because their short-term needs are being filled by the distractions of materialism, the age of fast living and instant self-gratification.

While visiting patients at the hospital, I see some among the weak and the sick who are yearning for God’s love but do not know how to approach God. They have been away from the practice of the faith and feel distant from God. Besides, many...

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Guilt as Gift

Last updated on December 9, 2016

These days my thoughts keep drifting towards Christmas Day.  How the day will look, who will come and how to spend the day?   Plans about food are the most consuming.    I am part of a cookie share this year, so that will be fun.   I look forward to the walk to Mass on Christmas Day.  I live on a tree lined street, with several other Catholic families.   So as we walk in the snow to Church, families ahead of mine and families behind – it brings a quietness of comfort and joy to me, a homely connection to the family of God. 

As my mind is becoming filled with all the imaginings and the planning for the big day, I recognize that I need to prepare my heart as well.

I hear that life is a journey – well my journey this year has been a tough one.  As I prepare for the season, thoughts about unpacking some of the events of the last year keep sneaking in.  As I think about the children’s grandmother dying, I can release the feelings of sadness and grief.  I add my...

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They all looked like professionals engaged in serious cooking competitions. Eight teams of four each from Grades 10, 11 and 12 students from four Regina Catholic High Schools used the commercial cooking facilities at Miller High School to cook up a beef dinner complete with appetizers and desserts working against a 90 minute time constraint. From 9 a.m. when the competition began to 1:30 p.m. savoury scents wafted throughout the school enticing some additional spectators from a basketball game going on in the gym.

“They all did so well that I could give a professional critique,” said Lindsay Adams of Skills Canada, one of the day’s judges. “There were no poor meals today. They were all great meals but obviously varying degrees of skill were displayed so I was able to give the students I would say professional levels of criticism which is awesome.”

The idea for the cooking skills competition came from Joanne Beach a...

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