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S+L BLOG: Mary Rose Bacani



Yesterday was my free day. It meant I stopped filming for Catholic Focus and I got in the mode of “presenter and Archdiocesan guest for Nothing More Beautiful.” So what did I do? I passed up on the chance to wander around the biggest mall in the world (West Edmonton Mall) with my good friend ...read more
For our last day of filming for my future Catholic Focuses, Wally and I went to two Eastern Catholic Churches in the morning. In the afternoon, we met Fr. Catfish and two of his youth group members. St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Cathedral in Edmonton is the seat of the Ukrainian Eparch, Bishop David Motiuk. Bishop Motiuk ...read more
Monday, April 27th, was the first full day of work. For the first part of the day we visit an Aboriginal school, and then in the afternoon, we spent some time with a Cree artist, Wayne Ashley. My highlight of the day is being with the kids, of course. Bright and early at 8:15 in ...read more
Over the next few days, I have the great privilege of getting to know western Canada better. I am in Edmonton, Alberta, here for the main reason that I am speaking at the Nothing More Beautiful session on April 30th, but also to do some filming for future Catholic Focus shows. S+L cameraman Wally Tello ...read more
On April 15th, I received startling news. The man who had been the President since 1991 of my alma mater, Thomas Aquinas College in California, died in a car accident in Ireland.  His wife, who was in the car, survived the crash. I remember Dr. Thomas Dillon while I was at the College. He always ...read more
On Saturday, March 21st, at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Toronto, a momentous occasion was taking place for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Over two thousand people were in attendance for the official opening of the Diocesan Inquiry concerning the cause of beatification of Sr. Carmelina Tarantino, a Passionist Sister, making her a Servant of God. ...read more
I was recently invited by Loretto College School in Toronto to present a workshop at their First Annual Women’s Conference. The aim of the conference was to empower young females of today to become successful women of tomorrow. There were about four other all-girls’ high schools invited, 15 workshops hosted by women of different backgrounds, ...read more
The following account of the Palm Sunday WYD Cross procession was written by Salt + Light editor Richard Valenti. As described earlier on the S+L blog, three Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia arrived in Toronto on April 3rd. They were staying for three days, so I was asked to take them around the city in ...read more
Sr. Marie Vianney Hamilton, O.P., one of the stars of Beloved: The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, was also one of the three Dominican Sisters who visited with Salt + Light Television this past weekend. Below is her reflection on the past weekend’s experiences. The whole trip to Toronto was a tremendous grace for me. ...read more
This past Saturday, grade 7 students Celine Sousa and Samantha Moss from St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School in Brampton, Ontario attended a screening of the new documentary Beloved: The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. Celine and Samantha wrote this account of their day in Toronto. The St. Josephine Bakhita students loved the “beloved” Dominican Sisters! ...read more