This will be the first of a series of blogs that I will be posting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si. The illness my daughter Tanis suffers due to a cancer of the blood, offers a striking metaphor for what is happening to our earth. A walk which I created, consisting of five stations, provides the setting for the teachings of Laudato Si, as placed in the metaphor of Tanis’ illness.  Tanis and My Laudato Si Walk My adult daughter Tanis has Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the... Read More
It has been far too long since my last blog. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming demand placed on this Office by refugees seeking Sponsorship for family and friends. I had to meet an onrush of requests when Abdul was in Australia. This actually turned into a blessing in the sense that it became clear that the refugee component of the Office should be restructured to more effectively deal with some delicate matters.The new procedures that have been put in place have come to look like this... Read More
Social Justice Wisdom tells parishes that if they are able to make an option for the poor , they will become more exciting and evangelizing.Listen to the way Pope Francis frames the above teaching in his Encyclical Evangelium Gaudium:“Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down, however much it may talk about social... Read More
His passing brought about these reflections, memories of how I was able to work with his style of shepherding. The time I spent with Bishop Dan was as Social Justice Coordinator, 11 years of opportunity in a ministry that calls all to focus on the welfare of the least, the lost and the lowest.   What stays with me is the power and ultimate purpose that some of the Archbishop's ‘small’ words and decisions had on me and ... Read More
I remember reading, a number of years ago, a short piece by Andre Auw. His short story still carries much meaning for me. While I don’t have his exact words, I can still give you the story’s message. It goes something like this.    One day, Andre, feeling a bit hungry, made his way over to a nearby candy machine. He placed the right change in the machine, made his selection and waited for his favorite chocolate bar to drop. Nothing came out. He tried again but still no chocolate bar.... Read More
On October 8, the family of Raheem Mansor Shamay and Noryia Roofa Toma arrived in Regina along with their three sons, Roni, Rami and Johni and their daughter Myriam.  The family are refugees originally from Iraq and have spent the last 5 years in Turkey, awaiting an opportunity to be sponsored and accepted in a new land. With the assistance of different parishes from the Archdiocese and a committee of volunteers, including members of the Iraqi community of Regina, the Archdiocese of... Read More
What isn’t being discussed in political campaigns or in mainstream media...Canada and 11 other Pacific Rim nations have agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- the largest and potentially most damaging regional trade accord in history, that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy. Fortunately, the battle isn't over. The TPP must still pass Parliament. That's where you can come in. If you don’t like where this is headed, please call your Member of Parliament and voice your... Read More

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