Sudden Death

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On Monday (April 11) we received word from the Chancery Office that a Priest of our diocese died while visiting his family in Africa. Although he was 52, everyone thought he was in his 40’s. He was youthful, energetic and pleasant to be around. I did not know him very well but we sat together often during meals at events […]

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“New” Ordinary

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In the weeks and months following my ordination I frequently visited my parents in Oshawa. Although things had changed after I became a Priest (I no longer sat with my father during Tuesday morning Mass at my home parish but concelebrated it with the pastor in the sanctuary) many things remained the same. I slept in the same bed and […]

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Reading and Prayer

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The second text for the Office of Readings for the Memorial of St. Isidore of Seville is one of my favorites because it identifies how reading and prayer are both necessary to acquire knowledge. Reading is how most people acquire information about the world around them. Technology has made it possible for individuals to have access to massive amounts of […]

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Easter Season

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For most people Easter is a day. Some Catholics know it is as an Octave; the eight days between last Sunday and today (Divine Mercy Sunday). More are likely to be aware it is the period of fifty days from last Sunday to Pentecost. However, I find Easter doesn’t have the strong identity of other liturgical seasons. Advent is a […]

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Resurrection

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Last Sunday (March 27) was Easter. As usual, attendance at the Vigil was light (mostly ministers for the Mass and some family) while on Sunday morning there was an above average turnout (including many people who only go to Mass now and at Christmas). While such individuals may not have a strong faith they grasp vaguely the importance of Easter […]

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“Forgive Us Father”

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Recently, I was talking to someone about the sponsorship of Middle Eastern refugees in Canada. The person commented Catholics should be working to help Christians (not Muslims) enter our nation because of how the former have been treated by the latter in the Middle East and Europe. The terrorist attack in Brussels yesterday (March 22) will likely reduce public sympathy […]

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Incremental Change

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Today (March 21) I have just returned from the last of my Seminary visits to see our guys in formation. As with the other visits, I met with the Rector who provided me with an evaluation of each seminarian. Although there is always room for improvement among seminarians (or Priests) the evaluations identified no serious problems and were positive. During […]

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“Lone Ranger” Priests

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When I was in the Seminary I was warned about “Lone Ranger” Priests. These individuals, I was told, want to do everything their own way and by themselves. They have little contact with their peers and do not collaborate with them. These Priests do not easily delegate responsibility to parishioners or take instructions from diocesan authorities. Their social skills are […]

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Formation

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On Monday (March 14) I returned from a trip to St. Peter’s Seminary in London to visit our seminarians in formation there. As in all my visits, I took the guys out for dinner where we had a chance to chat about things in a more relaxed environment. The following day I had a meeting with the rector and some […]

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