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 the social Justice Ministry.
For example, after Bishop Dan had met with a group of Prolife advocates, he looked at me, then said “Bert, we have to do something about this.” His words stuck to me, and three years later, after a series of unlikely events, they became the reason why the Reverence for Life Commission was established and October was declared Reverence for Life Month.
…or when he asked me to attend a Catholic Conference on Refugees, held in Pickering Ontario. I wondered aloud about the cost of attending such an event and whether...Read More