For nearly 100 years, popes have set aside time for an annual retreat and meditation on spiritual exercises. It’s more than a custom — it’s become an essential part of papal life.

Five ‘points of light’ at heart of program

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

If you think a retreat is just a day or two in the countryside spent praying and reading Scripture, the Star of the North Retreat House in St. Albert, Alta., wants you to think again. Beginning with an introductory session the Oct. 3 weekend, Star of the North wants to take a diverse range of people through a three-year process divided into nine modules called Aurora Living.

Centre seeks to spread message of strength

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

Saturdays and weekday nights have taken on a special dimension in Angie Carboni’s life in recent months.

The need for retreat never greater

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Given the mental and emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society over the past year-and-a-half, for many, spiritual retreat may be more essential than ever.

Building a future from the past

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Whether or not reconciliation with Indigenous people lies in the future, such a reconciliation is impossible without an unclouded view of our past, from first contact to the present, Indigenous and Jesuit scholars have told The Catholic Register.

Christianity central to 'Come From Away'

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

It has been nearly five years since Come From Away debuted and enraptured big-city theatre audiences with its musical depiction of how the people of Gander created a ray of light within the darkness of 9/11 for nearly 7,000 Americans forced to make an emergency landing in the remote Newfoundland town.

Thank you, Bill Davis

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With the passing of Bill Davis on Aug. 8, education and Ontario lost one of the last voices of reasonableness and optimism in an otherwise adversarial and tribal approach to problem solving. 

Ontario schools navigate vaccine landscape

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

The Government of Ontario has not tipped its hand yet if it will institute mandatory vaccinations for teachers and staff, but education unions are trying to persuade Premier Doug Ford to make that choice.

Romeo at home with London Catholic school board

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Vince Romeo, the London Catholic District School Board’s new director of education, has a connection to the southwestern Ontario city — and the board — that runs deep.

The great outdoors: where class gets gritty

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Educator and environmental advocate Anne Corkery believes there’s no greater learning environment for children than in the great outdoors.

Border issue makes for a tough choice

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

With the United States extending its non-essential travel restrictions at land border crossings until at least Sept. 21, Windsor, Ont.’s Avery Comartin finds herself in a difficult bind.