“Lord, You search me and You know me.” 

God has planted our vocation deep into our hearts.  Only He knows the plans He has for each one of us.  Through our baptism, we are called to Know Christ, Love Christ and Serve Christ and sanctity is our highest calling and our first vocation.  In discerning where God is calling us, we must continue to grow in an intimate and personal relationship and conversation with Christ.  Whether our call is priesthood, consecrated life, marriage or single life, we must discuss with Christ, “Is this the best path for me to holiness?”

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Sister Mary Martin Celebrates 75 Yrs.

Last updated on August 15, 2017

By Frank Flegel

Sister Mary Martin was all smiles surrounded by her RNDM community and friends as she celebrated 75 years of service as a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions; RNDM is the French acronym for the Order.

The July 31 celebration began with a mass celebrated by Monsignor Ken Miller at Santa Maria Seniors Care Home where she resides. With assistance from Claire Himbeault, RNDM current local Leader, Sister Mary Martin recited her original final vows taken 75 years ago.

Melvina Hruska RNDM, delivered a toast in honour of Sister Martin noting that she worked in education for 56 years and influenced the lives of hundreds of students. “Thank you for all the planting you have done,” she said in reference to the planting of the mustard seed contained in the day’s liturgy readings and Monsignor Miller’s homily.

Sister Mary Martin was born Helen Zywina, her family were members of Regina’s St. Anthony’s Polish community. She entered the...

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Arpee Urquico's road to the Priesthood

Last updated on July 20, 2017


By Frank Flegel

“It was my childhood dream to be a priest,” said Reverend Arpee Sacramento Urquico in an interview several days after his June 30 ordination to the priesthood, but his dream took a convoluted route to his goal including a couple of short interruptions.

Arpee was born in a community about two hours south of Manila, in the Philippines. In 1991 Mount Pinatubo exploded and buried his village in ash and mud. The villagers were evacuated to another village near Manila, and this is where Arpee grew up and completed his elementary and high school education.

His mom attended daily mass and took him and his two older brothers with her. His dad worked as a mechanic in Saudi Arabia. He became involved in his parish as a youth and met seminarians who came to his church for their internship. “I liked them and thought, I want to be like them.” It was in his high school years when the idea of becoming a priest...

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Arpee Urquico's Ordination

Last updated on July 12, 2017

By Frank Flegel

There were few empty spaces in Holy Rosary Cathedral  Friday evening June 30 as the archdiocesan faithful turned out to witness and support the ordination to the priesthood of Arpee Sacramento Urquico.

His journey to the priesthood began in Philippines where he entered a Dominican Seminary. His cousin, Father Gerard Joy Montiague, living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, convinced him to come to Canada. He recommended Arpee to the late Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan who asked Director of Personnel Reverend Danilo Rafael to meet with Arpee during a planned visit to Manila. “I thought he was a good man so Archbishop Bohan asked me to begin the process of getting him the necessary papers to come to Canada,” said Father Rafael.

Arpee arrived in Canada in June, 2013, and entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton to continue his priestly studies.  He spent a year of internship at St. George’s Parish, Assiniboia, and was ordained to the transitional...

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Praying for Vocations is Working

Last updated on June 8, 2017

It seems those prayers for vocations are paying off big time as the Regina Archdiocese has nine seminarians in various stages of their journey to the priesthood. This is the largest number of seminarians since the 1950s. Seven are at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, one is studying in Rome, and another is at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto. Of the nine, five are advanced enough in their studies that Archbishop Donald Bolen has announced internship assignments for them effective September 1, 2017.

Van Chinh (Joseph) Vu will serve at St. Anne in Regina; Parker Love will serve at Resurrection Parish; Buu Phung (Anthony) Tran will serve at St. Cecelia; Ricardo Escalante will be at Holy Trinity but will live at St. Cecelia Rectory. In addition to his parish assignment effective August 1 as Associate Pastor at Resurrection Parish, Arpee Urquico will be on-call for the Hospital Sacramental Ministry when the priest chaplain is away. Urquico will be ordained to the priesthood on...

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Vocation Booth Career Day,

Last updated on June 6, 2017

June 1st, for the 3rd year in a row, the Regina Catholic School Board invited mostly Grades 10 and 11 students - though some Grades 9 and 12 were invited as well - from the four Catholic High School of Regina, to participate in a Career Day». About 125 adults were involved with the 105 booths spread about in the hallways and the gym of Miller High School. In total, about 1700 students participated.

For the second year, the Archdiocesan Vocation Committee had been asked to be part of it and to present the different vocations God may call us to: our path to happiness and holiness.The following were present for the whole day, or part of it :


Father Stephen Bill (Archdiocesan Vocation Director) – representing Priesthood;


Deacon Joe Lang  - Marriage and Permanent Diaconate;


Francine Audy - Single Life;



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Regina Archdiocesan Clergy Retreat

Last updated on May 10, 2017


MAY 3, 2017

By Frank Flegel

For Filipino Bishop Pablo David it was almost like speaking with his own priests at home in the Philippines as he delivered the annual Archdiocesan Clergy Retreat at the Living Skies Retreat Centre (formerly St. Michael’s Retreat). At least 10 of the 55 priests in the audience were from the Philippines and serving in various parishes throughout the Regina Archdiocese.  None of the Filipino priests came from Bishop David’s Caloocan Diocese but they had heard of him and were pleased that he was there to deliver the retreat. Bishop David also took the time to celebrate the regular Saturday afternoon mass at Holy Child Church which has a large Filipino population.

Bishop David based his talks on the biblical passage in which Jesus joins two apostles on the road to Emmaus. There are several biblical references to this particular episode and the Bishop chose the version in Luke’s Gospel as the...

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Week of Prayer for Vocations

Last updated on May 1, 2017

Celebration for Consecrated Life

Last updated on February 16, 2017

A Mass to celebrate the lives of men and women living a consecrated life in the Regina Archdiocese was held in Regina’s Holy Rosary Cathedral, February 12. The event was organized by Reverend Timothy Scott, Executive Director of the Canadian Religious Conference from Montreal. On the surface, that may look a little unusual but, “It’s a pretty typical thing that we organize these types of activities right across the county,” said Reverend Scott, speaking with the Prairie Messenger. “And, I rather thought that with the installation of Archbishop Bolen, it was an appropriate to time to have a meeting involving him and the religious-consecrated men and women of the diocese.” 

Most of those attending were Sisters - members of a community of religious women. Father Scott explained there is some confusion in the terminology that describes who are living a consecrated life. “The original term was religious life and the root of the word ‘religious’ is Latin for rule, so only those...

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"Our marriage was at a breaking point"

Last updated on February 16, 2017

A few years ago Anastasia Winterhalt and Anthony McCarthy’s marriage was at a breaking point. “I didn’t think I could possibly fix what was broken,” says Winterhalt. “We had no communication, I was ready to divorce my husband.” Winterhalt thought all was lost, that’s when her mother suggested she try Retrouvaille.

Lack of communication, resentment, fighting and living separate lives while married are just some of the common factors responsible for the breakdown of many marriages. The reasons are as varied as the couples that take part.

Retrouvaille has Catholic roots but the program is for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, wanting a stronger marriage. It is based on an intensive weekend-long experience followed by 6 follow up sessions. The main emphasis of the program is on communication and rebuilding relationships.

McCarthy says Retrouvaille  gave him a new language. “I was never much of a talker, especially when it came to the hard stuff. The...

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Fr. Gaspar Lucas Celebrates 25th

Last updated on May 23, 2017

On Sunday, January 8th, the parishioners of St. Jerome Church, Regina Beach and St. Peter’s Church of Lumsden, hosted a celebration for Father Lucas Gaspar’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. Mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s Church, Lumsden, and at St. Jerome Church, Regina Beach with His Grace, Archbishop Donald Bolen and Vicar General, Very Reverend Father Lorne Crozon and Father Gaspar Lucas officiating. The childrens’ choir of St. Jerome welcomed His Grace, Archbishop Donald Bolen, Very Rev. Father Crozon and Father Gaspar with the entrance song “Every Move I Make.” St. Jerome music ministry was conducted by choir leader, Lynette Gaetz.

Approximately, 130 people attended the luncheon following Mass, that was held at the South Shore Recreation Centre, Regina Beach and was provided by St. Peter’s and St. Jerome Churches. His Grace, Archbishop Donald Bolen gave the Blessing and a delicious luncheon was served by the United Church ladies of Regina Beach. ...

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