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Wednesday was the best day yet of the Path to Peace Foundation’s 2009 Catholic Social Teaching Seminar. Let’s just say it was an emotional day that increased our desire to change the world. Here was the line-up of activities: Three speakers in the morning about being witnesses for social change in Israel/Palestine and developing countries ...read more
One week ago, about ten thousand Canadians marched on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill in defense of life. For many participants, the day started at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame with mass, presided over by the city’s Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. He was joined by a dozen of his confreres, including Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City and ...read more
An Ode to the Lady Being the Lady who is the Statue of Liberty Is a very difficult task. I try to be her, and so does the Basilian seminarian But we look like we’ve put on a mask. I must ask her when I next see her How she can look so calm and ...read more
On Tuesday I officially celebrated my one month anniversary of landing on Canadian soil! I have come to Salt + Light from Australia to complete a three month internship and what an experience it has been so far! After being in Toronto for the past four weeks I was delighted to be invited to attend ...read more
On this day it seemed I walked everywhere and did everything: From Holy Family Parish for Mass; To the UN to hear from the Ambassador from Malta and from the Head of Delegation of The International Committee of the Red Cross; From the Sisters of Life Convent to hear about their work with women; To ...read more
As you may have already read, from May 7-10 I had the privilege of travelling to Houston, Texas. It was a time of celebration and thanksgiving for two great friends of Salt and Light, Chris Valka and Morgan Rice. Both have been journeying with the Basilian Fathers for several years now. The weekend started with ...read more
I’d like you to take a few seconds to guess where I am in this photo. No, not in the market and no, not in a subway in Toronto. In this photo, I am stuck, very much like a sardine in a can, in a New York train with 51 young Americans and one Basilian ...read more
With the busy schedule this past week — Pope Benedict in the Holy Land, the March for Life — we forgot to mention some very important happenings in our Salt + Light Family. Chris Valka, CSB, who many of you may recognize from his contributions to our Focus programming, work in the Mission to the ...read more
As you may have seen on Salt + Light, or caught in Friday evening’s Zoom, Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land wrapped up today. His final stop was the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; the location celebrated as the tomb where Christ’s body was laid. In an address, he offered special words of ...read more
It’s the May long weekend in Canada — the weekend that unofficially marks the beginning of summer and a string of long weekends. If you’re in and around the Toronto area on Sunday, May 17th, the Archdiocese of Toronto is hosting a very special event — St. Paul in the Square. This gathering — held ...read more