BLOG: Toronto
I would love you to meet Sherry. I’m not sure how she spells her name, but she told me her name was Sherry. I see her often, sitting outside the Royal Bank at the corner of King and Jarvis in Toronto. She sits there listening to her small red radio. Sometimes I give her change. ...read more
The Newman Centre at the University of Toronto hosted its first 3-day Regional Canadian Catholic Students Association Conference (CCSA) over the weekend of October 23 – 25. CCSA Conferences are organized annually to bring together students who are actively engaged in their university chaplaincies to network, to share best practices for mission and ministry, and to ...read more
Here are a few things that we’ve been reading about across the country this week: In Antigonish, NS a significant donation to St. Francis Xavier University means more people who would not normally have access to post-secondary education will not get that access. In Toronto, the Archdiocese is on track to bring 100 refugee families ...read more
Here’s some of what we’ve been reading across Canada this week: The Synod of Bishops has four Canadian bishops participating. Cardinal Thomas Collins shared his synod talk this week. It’s been about five months since Pope Francis’ encyclical on human ecology “Laudato Si” was released. Here is a look at how one religious community in ...read more
Here is some of what has been making headlines across the country: In light of the numbers of Syrian refugees trying to find a safe home, the Archdiocese of Toronto has launched “Project Hope” to sponsor 100 refugee families. Meanwhile the Archdiocese of Vancouver shares some of their experiences sponsoring Iraqi and Syrian refugee families. ...read more
Here’s some of what’s been going on and what is being talked about across the country: In Alberta, a newly elected (and unprecedented) NDP government has school boards across the province – including Catholic school boards – anxiously awaiting the new government’s budget and asking what will happen to their funding. In Toronto, the archdiocese’s ...read more
Pope francis says he didn’t intend to offend Mexicans. Toronto’s Christians pray for Christian Martyrs ...read more
Here’s what’s been making headlines in the Church across Canada: More reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on assisted suicide. Archbishop Michael Miller sent this letter to Vancouver’s Catholics Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and representatives of various groups focused on life issues also issued statements in the days after the ruling. Similarly, Bishop Donald ...read more
“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas……” Indeed, the shopping malls and streets of Toronto are dressed in the “holiday” style. Christmas trees, wreaths, candles, etc.. And yes! It is not easy to take a photo with Santa Claus because of the lineup. Yet it is ...read more
The Season of Advent helps us to prepare for Christmas where we recall in faith Christ’s coming among us. It is also a time in which we look at our present lives and reflect on the second coming of Christ in our own lives and at the end of the ages. It is definitely a ...read more