Catholics to take over Toronto's Dundas Square

  • April 28, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - When St. Paul spoke in the Areopagus, he proclaimed to the Athenians that the “unknown God” they honoured with an altar was in fact the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is this biblical passage that the archbishop of Toronto will present to the public in a prayerful meditation at the heart of the city — beside the bustling Eaton Centre in Dundas Square at Yonge and Dundas Streets May 17. The event caps off the church's year-long celebration of St. Paul.

“It is appropriate that we end in a way that represents the spirit of St. Paul,” said Archbishop Thomas Collins. “St. Paul is popularly known for speaking in the public square so I think it's good for us to end the year of St. Paul in the most public place in Toronto.”

The archbishop's presentation in Dundas Square will take the same form as his monthly Lectio Divina series at St. Michael's Cathedral. But he will be preceded by a performance by Ana DaCosta and Susan Hookong-Taylor and followed by a free concert by Catholic musician Matt Maher.

While Collins sees this public event as an opportunity to evangelize and to represent the one-third of the city that is Catholic, he said it's also an opportunity to encourage other faith communities.

“I think it's great when any faith does something to display their faith in a big way,” he said. “Secular does not mean void of religion but 'of the age' and in this age, religion plays a big part in society.”

Fr. Robert Mignella, chair of the Year of St. Paul in Toronto, first proposed the idea of a Lectio Divina on the Acts 17 passage back in the fall.

“It seemed consistent with the archbishop who has tried to make himself available not only for the Catholics but everyone in the city,” Mignella said. “Why not turn to the modern-day Areopagus?”

The event will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

See The Archdiocese of Toronto website for more informations .

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