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Welcome to our News Page! Here you will find news stories from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, the Church in Canada, and beyond! We also invite you to submit your own articles to our Communication Services Office. Selected articles may be included here, as well as our Weekly News Bulletin sent to all parishes in the Archdiocese. Questions and submissions may be sent to:

communications@archwinnipeg.ca 

Note: Click on the small arrow beside each news heading to expand to the entire article. 

Archdiocese of Winnipeg Section

Personnel Appointments
Jun 17, 2022

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - Personnel appointments have been announced for the upcoming year. Please read more from the memo linked here.

The Archbishop Section

June 24, 2022: The Archbishop's Friday Report
Jun 24, 2022

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - In this week’s edition of the Friday Report, Archbishop Gagnon reflects on various topics relating to events of the week. He briefly updates us on the importance of advocating for those who see MAiD as their only option and support for palliative care and exceptional health care.

 
The Archbishop then updates us on the exciting papal visit announcement released yesterday morning, including details about where the Pope will go during his time in Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit. He also gives us a positive update on the Archdiocese of Winnipeg’s Solidarity Fund for Truth and Reconciliation. The first contribution from that fund has been donated to the Assiniboia Residential School Legacy Group towards the commemorative marker they are installing on the grounds of the Assiniboia Residential School.
 
Lastly, His Grace informs us about the World Meeting of Families that is currently taking place in Rome. We have two couples as delegates: John and Cheryl Acosta from Winnipeg and Chantal and Rick Debin from Shoal Lake. We’re also happy to share some video highlights they have sent us of their recent trip.
 
As always, thank you for following along with the Friday Report and for sending in your questions! Have a blessed weekend. 
 
Resources:
  • Learn more about the Catholic Health Association of Manitoba and see if there’s something you can do to support healthcare that promotes the sanctity of life, here.
  • Learn more about Palliative Care Manitoba, here.
  • Find full information about the Papal Visit on the official website and on our website.
  • Live Stream Link for the World Meeting of Families for all the sessions and happening until Sunday, here.
  • More info about the World Meeting of Families can be found here.

Contribute to the Solidarity Fund and Sharing God’s Gifts by downloading the Archdiocesan App on iOSApple or Android.

Ask the Archbishop a Question:
If you would like to ask Archbishop Gagnon a question, reach out to us at communications@archwinnipeg.ca or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Church in Canada Section

Logo for Papal Visit Unveiled
Jun 24, 2022

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Indigenous artist Shaun Vincent designed the official logo for the upcoming Papal Visit. The theme for this visit, as we know, is Walking Together. This theme reflects the Catholic Church's responsibility to take meaningful steps to journey with Indigenous People through the ongoing path to true healing and reconciliation.

Shaun Vincent is the Founder and Creative Director of Vincent Design, a creative marketing company focused on web design, graphic design, marketing, and more! 

Vatican Confirms Papal Visit to Canada Program - July 24-29, 2022
Jun 23, 2022

Ottawa - The Vatican has released additional details regarding the Papal Visit to Canada, July 24-29, 2022. The Pope’s visit will provide an opportunity for him to listen and dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, express his heartfelt closeness and address the impact of residential schools in Canada. The papal visit will also provide an opportunity for the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to connect with the Catholic community in Canada. 

The Holy Father will travel within Alberta (based in Edmonton) from July 24-27, followed by a visit to Quebec City and Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré, July 27-29. Pope Francis will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut the afternoon of July 29 before returning to Rome. 

Drawing on the theme, “Walking Together”, the Holy Father’s journey of reconciliation, healing and hope includes visits to a former residential school, Indigenous pilgrimage sites, two public Masses and a mix of private and public events. There will be tickets available (free) for a limited number of events, all of which will be broadcast and accessible via live stream. 

For ticket information, to volunteer, donate or learn more, visit www.papalvisit.ca (English) or www.visitepapale.ca (French). Please continue to pray for the health of Pope Francis and for all those engaged in the ongoing healing and reconciliation journey.

Click here for more resources.

Creating hope for the future with Development and Peace
Jun 14, 2022

The Church in Canada - Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada is pleased to announce that its Orientation Assembly is being held in person from June 16 to 19, 2022 in Halifax, N.S.

The Orientation Assembly is a collaborative forum for reflection on our organization’s direction and programmatic themes for the next five years. The theme for the upcoming assembly, Create Hope, is inspired by the message of Pope Francis to the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements in October 2021.

The 150 participants expected at the assembly include Development and Peace members from dioceses from every province and territory across Canada; the national council and national members; youth representatives; staff; Catholic bishops; Church leaders; and representatives from international partner organizations and sister groups including the Catholic Women’s League, KAIROS and Caritas Internationalis.

Development and Peace’s president Brenda Arakaza said, “The entire Development and Peace community is coming together to reflect, to ‘read the signs of the times’ and to chart our course for the future. I am honoured that so many people―from the Vatican, from countries of the Global South and from every corner of Canada―will be shaping and sharing our journey. The collective wisdom of the Orientation Assembly will ensure that our organization remains a strong, vibrant and effective builder of a world of justice and peace.”

Danny Gillis, chair of the Orientation Assembly planning committee, said of the preparatory consultations, “While there are many issues Development and Peace needs to address, one thing is certain: this movement is passionate about ensuring the centrality of the voice of the poor.”

Andrea Grace Dsouza, a young adult delegate from Manitoba, revealed, “I got involved in D&P because I saw it as an opportunity to learn about Catholic Social Teaching and my responsibilities toward caring for our common home.”
A partner reflected during a sharing circle, “Listening becomes a way of life that leads us to a culture, the way we make decisions, to transform our minds, our communities, to listen to the poor, to the people.”

Highlights of the Orientation Assembly include the following presentations:

  • From Vatican II’s Signs of the Times to the Synodality of the 2020s, the keynote address by His Eminence Michael Cardinal Czerny, SJ, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Reflections of an Indigenous Elder and Catholic by the Hon. Graydon Nichols, CM, ONB, of the Tobique First Nation, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
  • The Triple Nexus: aid, development and peace building by Aloysius John, secretary general, Caritas Internationalis, Rome
  • Living the Church of the poor by Sr. Jean Bellini, of the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), Brazil
  • Let them come to me – inclusivity and grace in a Catholic movement by Dr. Lance Dixon, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion consultant
  • Together for climate justice by Dr. Isaac Asume Osuoka, director, Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), Nigeria
  • Youth engagement as an engine for change by Ramy Chan, coordinator, extractive industry and climate change unit, Youth Resource Development Program, Cambodia

Cardinal Czerny’s keynote address and select other presentations will be streamed live. The Orientation Assembly will also be covered on Development and Peace’s Twitter (@DevPeace), Facebook and Instagram feeds (@devpeace). Another press release will be issued after the assembly.

There will be 6 delegates representing Manitoba in Halifax. 

  • Joanne Steeves: I will be representing St. Mary's Academy, an independent, Catholic school for young women in grades 7-12. I became involved with D+P in my early work in Youth Ministry and continued the relationship within my work at SMA. I hope to leave the Orientation Assembly with a renewed understanding of how Development and Peace carries its mission.
  • Theresa Hill – I am the Religious Education Director at Mary, Mother of the Church and have been involved with D+P in the parish, sharing the message of the preferential option for the poor in the parish community.
  • Andrea D’Souza – I am currently completing my Master’s in Indigenous Community Development at The University of Winnipeg and am the Youth Rep for Manitoba.
  • Mapenzi Mirimba – I am a parishioner at St. Mary's Cathedral Winnipeg (Archdiocese of Winnipeg). I am honoured to be part of a movement that is selfless and that values building healthy communities. I am hoping to meet our team from all over Canada and to learn from each and everyone at the Orientation Assembly.
  • Henri Dupuis – I am part of the Diocesan Council for D+P St. Boniface (francophone) and parishioner at Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens parish. I am also the local host for Envol91, which is the francophone community radio station, where I talk about and share the work of Development and Peace.
  • Jason Cegayle – I am the Regional Animator for Development and Peace for Manitoba and Thunder Bay. I am excited to observe and learn as to how I can engage parishioners, students and young people in the mission for the preferential option for the poor.
NET Canada Wrap-Up 2022 Highlights
Jun 14, 2022

The Church in Canada - The 2021-2022 mission year has officially come to a close! The Lord moved in amazing ways this past year in both the missionaries and the youth encountered all across Canada! Click the video below to hear just some of the ways the Lord set our missionaries and the youth of Canada ablaze with His love!

 

In the Community Section

Dr. Moti Gharib Shojania Environmental Award Established at St. Paul’s College
Jun 24, 2022

Winnipeg, Man. - St. Paul’s College and our Foundation are pleased to share with you the UM Today article announcing the creation of the Dr. Moti Gharib Shojania Environmental Award.

The award will be given annually to a St. Paul’s College graduate student or alumni member (holding either a Ph.D. or Master’s degree) who is currently working towards, advocating for, or conducting research focused on the restoration and protection of the global environment. The value of the annual Award is $10,000. The award will continue as long as the Fund is available.

The Award is supported by a $100,000 fund that was established by Moti’s family to honour her legacy with the College. A former English professor at the University of Manitoba, Moti served as the Dean of Studies at St. Paul’s College from 2012 until 2017. The Award will continue as long as the Fund is available. Should you wish to contribute to this Fund, please contact the Community Development Office at 204-474-9098 or 204-474-9148 to learn how or visit St. Paul’s College Foundation Inc. at CanadHelps.org.

Read the full article here.

Life Culture Update
Jun 22, 2022
In the Community - On behalf of Life Culture, thank you to all who supported the 100,000 Lives Flag Display, the Spring Banquet with Alex Schadenberg, and the Walk for Life! Life Culture is grateful for these opportunities for collaborative work for the cause of life.
 
Click here to watch the highlight video of the 100,000 Lives Event.
Click here to view photos of the 100,000 Lives Event. Click here to watch the speakers from the Walk for Life in Steinbach. The testimony shared was very powerful and moving!
Winnipeg Refugee - Newcomers Assistance Group Appeals for Volunteers
Jun 22, 2022

Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg - As more and more refugees arrive in Winnipeg from war-torn Ukraine, the local Manitoba Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress needs more volunteers. They are asking for more people to come forward and help the newcomers settle in and "learn the ropes" and be a friend or contact to help explain and guide them through the challenging nuances of life in a new land.

If you can spare some time or wish to inquire about if this is right for you, contact the U.C.C. volunteer office now: 204-942-9348. 

Ukrainian-speaking volunteers who can act as "language assistants" to those coming to the UCC-MPC Reception Hub at the Best Western Airport Hotel (Wellington Ave) to help provide a warm welcome to newcomers. The Reception Hub is open 6 days per week (Monday-Saturday) and hours vary day to day and go into the evening on some days. 

Please fill out this short survey (Click Here) to indicate your interest. Once your information is received, orientation information will be sent to you along with the signup link.

Holy Family Home Fundraiser
May 17, 2022

In The Community - Due to the pandemic, the Holy Family Home Auxiliary is hosting a 50/50 draw instead of their annual "Ladies Night Out Dinner'. This 50/50 draw will help make up for the lost fundraising revenue of the last several years. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be dedicated to supporting resident programs and the purchase of specialized equipment and furnishings.

To buy your tickets, please visit www.fundingchange.ca/holy-family-home-auxiliary or at the Lubov SSMI Foundation at 1085 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB.

The draw will take place on July 2, 2022.

Click here for the poster.

The Universal Church Section

Participate in the World Meeting of Families
Jun 24, 2022

Rome, Italy - As the World Meeting of Families continues now until Sunday, you can keep up on the action through their social media pages!

Watch the live-stream link for the World Meeting of Families for all the sessions and happenings from today to Sunday, here: https://www.youtube.com/c/diocesidiromaofficial
 
Find more info about the WMOF on their website: https://www.romefamily2022.com/en/
 
Everyone can also follow their Instagram page for updates as well: https://www.instagram.com/wmof2022/
A plea from Peru to the Canadian mining industry
Jun 9, 2022

The Universal Church - The Comisión Episcopal de Acción Social (Episcopal Commission for Social Action, CEAS) has written an open letter to delegates at the 2022 Convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), which will be held in Toronto from June 13 to 16.

CEAS, a long-time partner of Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada, is the official organization of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference that works for the defense and promotion of human rights in the light of the Gospel and the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.

In the open letter, Bishop Jorge Izaguirre Rafael, president of CEAS, notes that the Peruvian mining sector, in which Canadian companies play a major role, “has not brought the promised improvement in quality of life for most communities in the mining areas.” He also calls on the PDAC to support Bill C-262, “which would require Canadian companies to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence before beginning operations in another country.”

Click here to read the letter on the Development and Peace website.