Social Justice

The following are the primary ways in which the Social Justice Department attempts to respond to the call to be prophetic and witness to transformative action in a highly disillusioned culture, according to the demands of the Social Teachings of the Church as presented in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:

  • Offers various presentations and workshops.
  • Works creatively in ecumenical groups and committees, including Kairos and Restorative Justice circles.
  • Provides the leadership required to shape ‘A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’, an approach designed to assist the Implementation of the Vision of the Archdiocese of Regina. A ‘Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’ replaces the ‘Social Justice in Motion’ conferences.
  • Joins various advocacy and action groups that it might be informed by and give support to secular groups and coalitions who work out of concern for the environment and on behalf of persons who are in need of better support.
  • Participates in the Annual Western Social Justice Conference, a weekend gathering of many representatives from the 18 dioceses in Western Canada, enabling it to work in wider regional social justice forums.
  • Hosts and chairs the three or four commission meetings that take place each year. The Archdiocesan Social Justice Commission is a body made up of two representatives from each deanery. The work of the commission is to pray, offer support and challenge to the Coordinator, provide a two-way line of communication, discuss any current justice issues of regional concern, and assist the department in developing and promoting an annual Archdiocesan or deanery wide Social Justice event.

The Social Justice Department of the Archdiocese of Regina is staffed by the Social Justice Coordinator, Bert Pitzel, and part time secretary Jo-Ann Selinger.

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Soup and Prayer and Social Justice

Last updated on November 15, 2017

Soup and Prayer and Social Justice

Resurrection Parish warmly invites you to join us in our annual Soup and Prayer nights this Advent. This year, the new twist is a talk about Social Justice from three leaders in our Archdiocesan Community. The night will begin with a light supper at 6pm, followed by prayer, and concluding by 8pm with a talk. These nights take place on December 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Resurrection Parish is located at 3155 Windsor Park Rd in Regina.

Event begins on December 22, 2017

Soup and Prayer and Social Justice

Last updated on November 15, 2017

Soup and Prayer and Social Justice

Resurrection Parish warmly invites you to join us in our annual Soup and Prayer nights this Advent. This year, the new twist is a talk about Social Justice from three leaders in our Archdiocesan Community. The night will begin with a light supper at 6pm, followed by prayer, and concluding by 8pm with a talk. These nights take place on December 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Resurrection Parish is located at 3155 Windsor Park Rd in Regina.

Event begins on December 15, 2017

Soup and Prayer and Social Justice

Last updated on November 15, 2017

Soup and Prayer and Social Justice

Resurrection Parish warmly invites you to join us in our annual Soup and Prayer nights this Advent. This year, the new twist is a talk about Social Justice from three leaders in our Archdiocesan Community. The night will begin with a light supper at 6pm, followed by prayer, and concluding by 8pm with a talk. These nights take place on December 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Resurrection Parish is located at 3155 Windsor Park Rd in Regina.

Event begins on December 8, 2017

Reverence for Life

Last updated on October 3, 2017

SAVE THE DATE!!

Event begins on April 21, 2018

Office of Migration (refugee sponsorship)

Last updated on September 5, 2017

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a full-time Coordinator for the Office of Migration (37.5 hrs/week). Applicants of all faiths are welcome to apply (Deadline: midnight, Sept. 13, 2017; position starts Oct. 1). 

Responsibilities include providing administrative support and formation to parishes sponsoring refugees and resettling individuals and families; monitoring parishes and constituent groups to ensure the diocese meets its responsibilities as a refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder; promoting and encouraging awareness about refugee sponsorship. Qualifications include demonstrated experience and awareness of issues around refugees and migration; the ability to work with individuals and groups of varied backgrounds; experience in public speaking and adult education; demonstrated organizational skills with attention to detail; willingness to complete the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. 

Compensation: Salary is in accordance with the Pastoral...

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Before we begin the official part of today’s proceedings with a prayer, I want to welcome each one of you and thank you for coming. We expect to do great things together—great things are needed from us.

I will also take 5 minutes to give a short history of Conferencing in the Archdiocese.

Today’s conference does not just stand by itself, it stands in line with 11 other conferences that have been hosted throughout the Archdiocese of Regina over the past 15 years. Collectively they are known as ‘the Archdiocesan Social Justice in Motion Conferences’. The first one was held in Moose Jaw 2002. Since then other cities and towns within the Archdiocese have taken their turns to host a conference on an annual basis.

In 2003 it was in Swift Current, then it moved to Esterhazy (2004), Estevan (2005), Fort Qu’Appelle (2006), Weyburn (2007), Melville (2008), Windthorst (2009),

2010 was a misstep(Shaunavon), Assiniboia (2011),then for different reasons there were...

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Statement on Canada's Opiod Crisis

Last updated on April 13, 2017

Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

12 April 2017

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that Canada is facing a serious substance abuse crisis. Although this problem has existed in various forms for some time, the recent deaths of so many Canadians due to overdoses – particularly through the use of new potent opioids like fentanyl and carfentanyl – is alarming. In British Columbia, for example, 914 deaths resulted from street drug overdoses in 2016, almost twice as many as in the previous year. The majority of these deaths are connected to fentanyl use. Opioid overdose deaths are also on the rise across the country, posing a serious problem for health authorities.

The Catholic Bishops of Canada are deeply troubled by the devastating effects of these drugs, in particular their ability to extinguish human life in an instant. Even when they do not kill directly, their addictive power...

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My Very Brief Overview of Laudato Si

Last updated on April 7, 2017

Epilogue: Tanis is now in Saskatoon awaiting her second stem-cell transplant. She continues to meet each day head on--and I continue to learn how to walk. Both point to the pilgrimage that lies at the heart of making a better world. Every pilgrimage is a quest for illumination, a search for a full heart; it is a time to discover what is really going on within, to use the gift of freedom in a way that brings about deeper commitment and engagement in life-giving responsibilities.

Creating a short pilgrimage can help address key questions: ‘Do I need to momentarily take leave from the highly competitive world in which I live? Would I like to find relief from the speed of rapidification that I am asked to travel? How can I gain perspective? What is the best way to live in these times? This paper could be of interest to those who are attracted to the idea of creating their own Camino-like Walk, tailor made to fit their particular needs. Designing a Laudato Si walk provides an...

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Bringing Light to the Darkness

Last updated on April 13, 2017

On Sunday, March 19, the Archdiocese of Regina held its first annual prayer vigil to mark the Archdiocesan initiative to acknowledge the sorrow and pain endured by victims of clergy sexual abuse.  The service, held at St. Cecilia parish in Regina, was hosted by Archbishop Don Bolen and attended by about 75 people.  After warmly welcoming people at the door, Archbishop Bolen began the service with this introduction:

“This prayer vigil represents an Archdiocesan initiative to begin to acknowledge the sorrow and pain victims of clergy sexual abuse have endured at the hands of all facets of the Catholic Church including the bishops, priests and laypeople.  This is an opportunity to pause and take time to acknowledge how we as a church must change and begin to become a welcoming community for victims of clergy sexual abuse.  We need to support victims, learn from them and develop resources for healing.  We come together this evening in prayer, to sit in silence and to listen, to...

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