Discernment Day

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Yesterday (June 4) the Diocese held a Vocations Discernment Day at the Catholic Center. The turnout of young people was better than expected. We had representatives from three communities of religious women and one community of religious men as well as three diocesan priests in attendance. The event provided young people with information about the concept of vocation, how a […]

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Contact

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Recently, I attended the High School Graduate’s gathering held in Niagara Falls by the Niagara Catholic District School Board. The annual event brings together all the Grade Twelve students of the eight English-speaking high schools in the area and features addresses by senior administration, the Bishop and a guest speaker. The guest speaker is then featured at a special dinner […]

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Priesthood Ordination

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Today (May 21), Bishop Bergie ordained four young men to the priesthood at St. Alfred’s Parish. They will serve God and the people of our diocese well. They will also inject some youthful vitality into our aging local presbyterate. I have known Ronald, Trevor, Steven and Gregory since I became Director of Vocations of the Diocese over four years ago. […]

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Meals

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Recently, I was chatting with some friends when one posed the question “If you could have dinner to celebrate an important occasion at any restaurant (with money not being part of the decision) where would you have the meal?” One friend selected an expensive restaurant in St. Catharines while another chose an Italian restaurant with a great reputation in Niagara […]

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Another Mother’s Day

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Last Sunday (May 8) was Mother’s Day. You could tell it was Mother’s Day because a larger than normal number of guys showed up at Mass (husbands and sons) and most were nicely dressed. Mother’s Day is a day when Hallmark, florist shops and restaurants make a lot of money. I am certain that mothers appreciate the cards, flowers, dinners and […]

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In the World

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Today, as I was flipping through my Liturgy of the Hours the book opened at the “Letter to Diognetus” which was the second text in the Office of Readings from a while ago. The text is one of my favorites because it makes an important point about how Christians are to be identified in the world. Devout members of certain […]

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Vocations Fair

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Yesterday (May 5) I attended a “Vocations Fair” at the high school in Welland. The event was designed to educate students about vocations to the diocesan priesthood and religious life and perhaps spark interest in a few of them to consider the possibility God may be calling them to serve the Church in one of these ways. The day consisted […]

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My First Day

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This is Catholic Education Week in Ontario. Last night (May 4) Fr. Tom Rosica (President of Salt and Light Television) spoke at our local Catholic high school about the value of Catholic education to our Church. As he was talking I was thinking about my first day at school. I only have one memory of that day. After my mother […]

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Firsts

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Today (April 25) I returned home from a few days off in Rochester, NY followed by a Marriage Encounter Weekend in nearby Canandaigua which ended last night. This weekend was notable for several firsts. It was the first time a local team couple presented their talks on a weekend. They had just finished writing and having them approved. It was […]

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Relationships

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I have different kinds of relationships with various categories of people. Acquaintances are people I recognize when I see them but do not know very well. They may be parishioners who show up for Mass occasionally, parents with kids in the school or people with whom I worked years ago. I might know where they live, what they do for a […]

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