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Annual Clergy Assembly

Last updated on October 21, 2015

Priests need to work smarter, not just harder, in the face of declining numbers. That was the message Reverend Ronald Knott of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky (home of KFC, Bourbon and Muhammad Ali he quickly added) brought as guest presenter at the annual Clergy Assembly held October 5-8 at the Heritage Inn here. This year’s theme was The Powerful Spiritual Leadership of a Unified Presbyterate.

He spoke to priests several times over the four days emphasizing teamwork. “It was really about us working together with the bishop as a team for the purpose of delivering high quality, coherent ministry to the people,” said Knott in an interview with the PM. “Think we instead of me and look at the diocese as a whole through the eyes of the bishop otherwise we tend to look at just our little kingdom, our little world without looking at the big picture.”  Instead of being insular, priests should make the effort to get to know each other, especially the international priests;...

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Archdiocese Office Welcomes New Staff

Last updated on October 23, 2015

Each of five new Regina Archdiocese staff members said their decision to join the Archdiocese was influenced in some way by their faith and a call from God to serve.

Braden Kuntz is working with Michelle Braden in youth ministry; Jeanine Mann and Diana Demaria provide general staff support, with Mann providing support to Brett Salkeld in the Diaconate program and ecumenical office as well as Social Justice and Communications. Demaria provides office support for Denise Walsh in the Annual Appeal office and to Pastoral Director Bob Kowalchuk; Jennifer Ochieng is the Assistant Financial Officer and Eric Gurash is the Coordinator for Lay Ministry and Evangelization. Four fill positions left vacant through retirements while Kuntz is in a new position to support a growing work load in Youth Ministry.

Ochieng obtained her CA designation while working with the provincial auditor’s office for 8.5 years. Coming to the Archdiocese business office she said was a unique...

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It’s the first time Anglican and Roman Catholic groups have come together to talk about Aboriginal Ministry. 

About 30 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people attended what was called Signs of Hope: Conversations on First Nations Ministry, October 17, at St. Paul Cathedral’s Community Centre here. It was organized under the auspices of the Anglican Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee and is one of the goals and activities that are part of the Covenant signed between the Archdiocese of Regina and the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in 2011. 

“It is important to educate each other about First Nations and what is going on in their lives. It’s important to hear the stories of the people,” said Susan Klein co-Chair of the Implementation Committee in conversation with the PM. Anglican co-Chair Deacon Michael Jackson said it is a continuation of the process of reconciliation and healing between the First Nations People and the rest of our society. “This workshop we have been...

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Frankly Speaking - Nuncio Visit October 1-7

Last updated on October 20, 2015

Canada’s Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi spent the first week of October in Saskatchewan, first in Regina, then up to Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Several stories about the visit appear elsewhere on this web site and here I’ll bring you a little more about the visit and some personal views.

The Nuncio, in case you’re wondering, is really Rome’s Ambassador to Canada. He is the Pope’s personal representative here and the Church’s contact with the Vatican. In other words, he’s handshake away from the Pope.

He unveiled and blessed the sisters Legacy Monument October 1, had a breakfast meeting with representatives of the Catholic School Divisions that are in the Archdiocese boundaries then celebrated an afternoon mass as part of the sisters Legacy Project. You can read more about that in the Prairie Messenger and on this web site. 

He returned to Regina for the October 7 Centennial celebration of Regina becoming an Archdiocese, the Metropolitan See for...

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Pangman Holy Angels Parish Celebrates 100 Years

Last updated on October 20, 2015

The faithful gathered here October 11 from as far away as Minnesota to celebrate the Centennial of Holy Angels Parish.

The weekend began on Friday October 9 with a lighthearted tribute to Pastor Reverend Anthony Pangan and former Pastors Reverends Louis Abello, Stephen Bill, Pat Murphy and Peter Nijsen. What each brought and what each left was highlightedwith some good humour thrown in. The evening also celebrated a mass, Benediction and the program was accompanied by an evening meal.

Sunday was the main event with Archbishop Daniel Bohan in attendance celebrating mass with Pangan. One of the highlights of the mass was a hymn sung in Tagalog, the Philippine language. It was written by Jean Wagner for the parish’s 60the anniversary and adapted by the Wadel family for the Centennial. It was sung to the tune of the hymn Day is Done. Pangan is from Philippines and about half the parish numbers are from Philippine according to Pangan. “Our Filipino families have had a...

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Security was tight and obvious when James and Holly Gustafson Brett and Flannery Salkeld attended the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit to Philadelphia but it didn’t take away from the experience. Everyone was issued a transparent plastic back pack and you had to carry everything in it. You could carry something else, said Gustafson, but it would be a real hassle.

James said the atmosphere was the most unreal thing he had ever experienced. “Everyone loves the Pope, as we love the Pope; they love their faith, it was stunning to see that in action and everyone was happy.”  It was amazing to see that. The Pope just brought that attitude said James. “Catholic, joy, proud to be Catholic is what I felt.” “It was a life giving experience,” said Brett Salkeld. “Seeing the Pope was the highlight but hanging out with Gustafsons and getting to know other people from the diocese was great.”

Holly said she too experienced that joy. “I loved walking through the streets...

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Regina Pro-Life Demonstration

Last updated on October 20, 2015

About 200 pro-life supporters showed up Sunday October 4, for the annual life chain in support of the unborn. It was cold, windy and wet but it didn’t stop the supporters from lining up on both sides of Albert Street one of Regina’s major arteries carrying signs supporting life from conception to natural death. The abortion issue and support for life is rarely raised among politicians but in the latter stages of this year’s federal election campaign it has garnered some coverage in local and national media. Terri Bergen, President of Regina Pro Life said she’s pleased at the turnout and pleased that the issue is getting more play in mainstream media.


The Nuncio's visit Continues

Last updated on October 15, 2015

Apostolic Nuncio to Canada Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi and Archbishop Daniel Bohan had a busy October 7. The day began with an early morning breakfast at the Hotel Saskatchewan greeting recipients of Papal honorees. A tour of three Regina Catholic elementary schools and one high school followed breakfast. An afternoon rest period and the evening Centennial celebration mass at the Cathedral ended their Day. (see stories elsewhere).

Bonazzi said he was well aware of how proud Bohan is of the people who help in the Archdiocese. He also expressed the “deep and profound gratitude of Pope Francis,” for their work. One of the honoree recipients, Lorne Harasen, asked if the Nuncio could convince the Pope to visit Canada. Bonazzi replied that Pope Francis intends to remain mostly in Rome during the Year of Mercy which begins in December.

The school visits followed a pattern where the Nuncio was introduced to staff and students in classrooms except for St. Luke Alternative school...

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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.”  ... Read More

Report From World Meeting of Families

Last updated on October 8, 2015

By Holly & Jamie Gustafson

We were blessed to have the opportunity to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September, which included a 4-day congress during the week, and culminated in the Festival of Families on Saturday and the Papal mass on Sunday. After our first full day of talks by various well-known speakers, Salt and Light TV approached us and asked if they could interview us for their program that evening. They asked for some initial impressions, but it was their final question that had us stumped: what do you think the role of family is, in light of the upcoming Year of Mercy?

After spending the week in Philadelphia, and now a week back home with our family, we feel somewhat more prepared to answer that question. Here are four ways to live God’s mercy in the family: 

1. “Waste time with your children.” With five kids, we know how busy family life can be; it often feels like every minute of our day is accounted for, spent...

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