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Although Cardinal William Joseph Levada’s March 8th address in Ottawa was titled “Why is the Catholic faith worth passing on?”, the focus of his question was, more pointedly, “Why is the Catholic faith worth passing on on university campuses?” Answered by no less than the prefect of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, the short version was more
From Sunday to Wednesday, March 14-17th, Toronto will be hosting the national vocation and formation conference at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Toronto.  It is an event organized by the National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (or NAVFD), and they expect close to 200 religious and lay participants from Canada and the US.  The more
In just three weeks, the universal church will be celebrating Palm Sunday, going into Holy Week. The weekend of Palm Sunday, March 27/28, is also the time different dioceses celebrate their own World Youth Day. Isabel Correa, the Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Montreal, shares with us how the youth of Montreal more
They seem at odds, don’t they? Christianity that encourages us to foster virtue – everything that’s nice and sweet, gentle and kind; versus Olympic ambition (supplemented by the Own the Podium program) that encourages our athletes to go for gold, to win, win, win! Own the Podium has been criticized as un-Canadian, as rude, as more
If you have this question, then the Ottawa event on Monday, March 8th, may be just the thing for you.  Cardinal William Joseph Levada will be speaking at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on Sussex Drive in Ottawa.  True to his role as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, his talk is more
On Sunday, February 28th, Dr. Yury Monczak, PhD, will be speaking about the first-ever Chair in Bioethics at the Ukrainian Catholic University.  Dr. Monczak is the Director of Molecular Pathology at the SMBD Jewish General Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University in Montreal.  He will be speaking at the residence of the Ukrainian Church more
As I mentioned in my January 20th blog on the Open House of Fountain of Love and Life, I’m working on a Catholic Focus episode on this great Chinese programming ministry featured on Salt + Light Television. In this episode, you’ll see clips on the history, impact, and joy-filled message behind the work that this more
As of today, we are on Day 8 of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.  I know we’re all excited about our amazing athletes and all the medals we’re winning, but how about the Catholics ministering to the public at large in Vancouver right now? Go to and you’ll meet Clayton Imoo, Director of Youth Ministry more
Go to and you’ll meet a parish community that’s very much alive in the faith.  Surprisingly, this St. Gianna parish community in Winnipeg has not had a church building they can call their own since they had their first Mass in 2004.  On their website, you’ll see a video of their church building in more
The Olympics start tomorrow, and all the media attention will be on Canada and the world’s greatest athletes! Yesterday, I visited with someone who could have made it to the Olympics, someone who could have carried the Olympic torch. She is 91-year-old Sr. Frances Ordway, a Loretto sister living at the Loretto Abbey convent in more