Archbishop Don Bolen's Share Lent Letter 2022


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, the Lord’s Peace be with you.

During this time of Lenten preparation, we hear the Holy Spirit calling us once again to dive deeper inward to depths of reflection and understanding of God's love for us. This call seems ever more necessary and takes on new dimensions of meaning  as we call to mind the continued suffering of the people of Ukraine. Once again we can see and feel Christ’s broken body suffering in the plight of his people. The Holy Father, in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’, calls on us "to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.” This call to act in Solidarity with one another is also a call to conversion of heart, to try to heal the deep divisions of this world through reflection, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.

One way we can experience conversion of heart is through assisting people in vulnerable communities throughout the world. It is often through these encounters that we come to see Christ’s face in that of the other. When we work with people, listen to their stories, and allow our hearts and minds to be touched by others, we come to know more intimately who we are, and who God has created us to be. 

One of the central themes of Development and Peace - Caritas Canada’s mission is Peace and Reconciliation. This lent, I invite you to journey with all people who are seeking to find justice and truth in their dealings with one another. It is the very heart of our identity as Catholics to love and serve our neighbour, particularly when we find them in grave need among us. Development and Peace is the official development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis, a network of Catholic aid organizations present in many parts of the world including Ukraine. I urge you to stand in solidarity and make a life-changing impact this lent with by giving online at, by using the donation envelopes available at many parish offices throughout our diocese, or by giving generously to your parish's special Share Lent collection this Solidarity Sunday on April 3rd of this year. If you wish to support the appeal for the people of Ukraine, you can mark your cheques for “Emergency - Ukraine” or if giving online by indicating this in the “I am giving towards….” section on the website. 

Together, in these times of grave trial that beset many, we can experience the call of the Holy Spirit to renewal:

"When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

          and you renew the face of the Earth." Psalm 104:30

Yours in the Crucified and Risen Lord,

+ Don Bolen

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