New Auxiliary Bishop appointed for London
(CCCB – Ottawa)... His Holiness Pope Francis today appointed the Reverend Joseph Dabrowski, C.S.M.A., as Auxiliary Bishop of London, Ontario. At the time of his appointment, the Bishop-elect was Superior of the North American Vice-Province of "St. Kateri Tekakwitha" of the Congregation of St. Michael Archangel (the Michaelite Fathers, part of the religious family originating with Saint Don Bosco), and pastor of Saint Mary Parish, Ontario, in the Diocese of London. He will assist the Bishop of London, the Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B.
Week of prayer for Christian Unity 2015: an invitation to continue in prayer and reflection
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was celebrated worldwide January 18-25 on the theme: Jesus said to her: "Give me a drink" (John 4:7). Events were held at the diocesan and parish levels across Canada, as well as internationally. To help further promote ongoing reflection and prayer for Christian unity, the following links provide information on a number of reflections and activities related to the 2015 Week of Prayer celebrations:
Message by the CCCB President on the consecrated life
The World Day for the Consecrated Life is celebrated every year on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This year, the World Day for the Consecrated Life falls during the first part of the Year of Consecrated Life, which began on the vigil of the First Sunday of Advent this past November and will conclude on February 2, 2016.
To celebrate the 2015 World Day, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a message for all who live the consecrated life: members of religious institutes, apostolic societies, and secular institutes, as well as consecrated virgins. The message focuses in a particular way on this past November's Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis to those living the consecrated life.
Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall celebrates its 125th anniversary
On January 23, 1890, the Holy See erected the Diocese of Alexandria, which was then made up of the counties of Glengarry and Stormont in Ontario. At the time, it was the smallest in the country with just 21,550 Catholics in 10 parishes served by 12 priests. Today the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall has 29 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 55,570. Under the overall theme A Legacy of Faith, the diocese has organized a number of projects to celebrate its heritage as well as to involve Catholics in reaffirming and sharing their faith. A number of activities will take place during 2015 to mark the 125th anniversary, including a Mass of thanksgiving and a reception on May 21. The diocese will also offer five short TV vignettes produced with TVCOGECO Cornwall which retell its history through the eyes of the Bishops who have served the diocese. A special logo has also been prepared which pays tribute to the founding peoples of the diocese: the Celtic cross represents the Scots, and the fleur de lis the French.
To learn more about the celebrations