Eight years ago, just weeks before I was ordained to the priesthood, I delivered a speech at the annual Ordinandi Dinner in Toronto that left me a marked man.

Religious life ‘is about falling in love’

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VANCOUVER -- Discovering one’s vocation, whether it happens in a surprising instant or over many years, always feels the same way, says Sr. Maria Serra Garcia. It’s always like falling in love.

Why I love being a Catholic

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I love being a Catholic. I am a “cradle Catholic” from Essex County, Ont. I have been a Catholic priest for 54 years. Every day, I discover fresh insights into the richness of our faith. My reasons are personal to me, but probably shared by many others as well. I want to cite them here so that others may be inspired to draw up their own list. It is a grace-filled exercise.

The Tenebrae tradition

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The Church in Toronto has a Lenten treasure that ends not with a whimper but a bang.

Newman at centre of college celebration

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This year’s Anthony Jordan Lecture Series is celebrating the roots of Newman Theological College.

Medieval studies goes back for a better future

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The University of St. Michael’s College is better than good if you want to study that magical millennium between 500 and 1500.

Little college working on big plans

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BARRY’S BAY, ONT. -- Seven months into his job as president of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College, Ryan Williams has moved well past the phase of getting to know the campus.

Refugee scholarship offers helping hand

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As someone whose life was disrupted at an early age by the ravages of war, Fr. Sami Helewa, SJ, understands the plight of the refugee who has escaped their homeland to call elsewhere home.

Into the DRAGEN’s den ...

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To really understand climate change, it helps to ask a medievalist.

Words to live by: Lenten spiritual reading

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Alms, prayer and fasting are the broad categories the Church requires in the season of Lent. But let your heart and your devotion lead you over to the bookshelf, and you might find a path into the formal disciplines of Lent through spiritual reading.

Art and the Word

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The Diocese of Hamilton is home to a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. It is a fine art reproduction of a handwritten and hand-illuminated Bible that was created in collaboration with Saint John’s Abbey and University and celebrated British calligrapher Donald Jackson.