Regina Archdiocese Celebrates 100 Years As An Archdiocese
Last Updated on October 9, 2015
Holy Rosary Cathedral was standing room only, the evening of October 7 as the faithful came from all over the Archdiocese to celebrate 100 years as an archdiocese. The Sanctuary was almost overflowing with priests and there were three Archbishops in attendance; Daniel Bohan of Regina, Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber and Canada’s Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Bonazzi. Bohan con-celebrated mass with the archbishops and several priests and Bonazzi delivered the homily.
The Nuncio reminded the congregation how far and how quickly the Regina Metropolitan See was created after only a few years as a diocese. “The preclude to these developments was long and arduous to be sure considering the fact that the first mass celebrated in Regina by Father Hugonard, an Oblate Missioner in 1882, was offered in a tent.” It became a diocese in 1910 and just five years later, December 1915 “raised to the dignity of a Metropolitan See under the remarkable leadership of Archbishop Olivier Mathieu.”
Frequently departing from his text Bonazzi described the responsibility of an Archdiocese and its relationship to the other dioceses in the ecclesiastical province in Saskatchewan. He said the Church can’t effectively follow Christ’s Gospel and teachings sitting alone. “That is why from ancient times neighboring dioceses were gathered together in ecclesiastical provinces to foster common pastoral action and to strengthen the relationship between the bishops and their dioceses.” He expanded on that to include neighboring countries working closely together, “and all of this receives beautiful expression in the moments of communion between the bishops of the world and the successor to Peter.”
Bonazzi also referred to the October 1, dedication of the monument to the Sisters of various congregations that he unveiled and blessed in Wascana Park October 1. He called it a fitting tribute and an appropriate way to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. “They trusted in God and set about building up the Body of Christ in their midst,” he said later in his homily. “They dared to believe the message of Gabriel” (delivered to Mary when informed she was to be the mother of God) “with God nothing is impossible.”
He noted that the celebration was taking place on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the Cathedral’s patron.
He ended his homily by referring to praying the family rosary was once a hallmark of Catholic family life. “May we experience in our own time a renewal of devotion to this prayer which encapsulates the mysteries of our faith so that by meditating on those mysteries we might imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.”
Most of the congregation gathered in the Cathedral hall for a reception following the mass and many took advantage of the opportunity to talk with and have their photo taken with the Nuncio who was quite happy to oblige.
It was a long day for the Nuncio and Archbishop Bohan. They began with a breakfast at the Hotel Saskatchewan with recipients of Papal Honours, followed by a tour of several Catholic schools where they met teachers and interacted with a few of the students. Lunch with a group of Miller High School students was followed with a few hours rest in the afternoon prior to the 1.5 hour evening mass and reception.
The celebration mass was live streamed on the Archdiocese web site courtesy of Father Barry Anwender and his volunteers who manned four cameras as Anwender directed.