Sr. Mary Aquinas did not necessarily fit the stereotype of a nun in the first half of the 20th century. Aside from prayer, Sr. Aquinas was accomplished in many other fields, including aeronautics, electronics, physics and education. She earned her pilot’s license in 1942 and in 1957 was honoured by the U.S. Air Force for contributions to national security and world peace. That same year she became the first nun to fly a jet plane. She bore no resemblance to the Sally Field character in the 1960s TV sitcom The Flying Nun, but she was no less famous in her own fields of endeavour. Sr. Aquinas shared her passions across the continent, including a stop in Montreal in October of 1958, dutifully reported by The Register. Sr. Aquinas died at age 91 on Oct. 20, 1985. 


Vancouver teachers get to the Core of their faith

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New site helps students make right connections, reconnect with Catholic faith

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Brescia's first Fulbright scholar exploring unique Arctic Council

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Fr. Henry Carr set gold standard in education

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Earlier this year, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, delivered the Carr Lecture at St. Mark’s College on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Here is an abridged version of his remarks that underscore the distinctive nature of Catholic universities.

University's new president ponders what's next for St. Michael's College

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David Sylvester was installed as the new president of the University of St. Michael’s College on Oct. 4 at St. Basil’s Church in Toronto. Here is an edited transcript of his speech that day, reflecting on the importance of the school and of Catholic education:

The Register Archives: Br. André’s healing miracles continue after death

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It was eight years ago this week that Canada’s Br. André Bessette was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI. The humble Holy Cross brother who was instrumental in the construction of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal died Jan. 6, 1937 at the age of 91. Over his remarkable life and in the years since, he has been credited with many miraculous healings. During the six days after his death, up to a million people filed past his coffin, surrounded by hundreds of crutches and canes from pilgrims who attested to his gifts. Here is an excerpt from The Register of Jan. 21, 1937:


New Basilian superior general faces tough challenges

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As lofty and august as the title superior general may sound, Basilian Fr. Kevin Storey has no illusions about his next four years leading 154 men who teach and preach in Basilian parishes, universities and high schools from Colombia to Canada. 

Jesuit’s passion is written in the stars

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For most scientists, the next move after completing a PhD at Princeton University is to join an important research project at a big, prestigious university or institute. Adam Hincks took his advanced degree and experience in scientific cosmology and joined a group that has been investigating the universe for 500 years — the Jesuits.

Chalice sponsorship program bring new joy to the Church in developing countries

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On the day of a priest’s ordination, he receives from his bishop the most important tool of his ministry: the chalice.