FAITH/STORIES

TORONTO - Zachary Romanowsky heard his call to the priesthood while staying at Madonna House in Combermere, Ont.
The belief in the resurrection of Jesus is central to Christianity, as demonstrated by the recent heated debate over the “tomb of Jesus” allegedly found by a Toronto filmmaker. It is a belief that comes to the forefront each year at this time.
Editor’s note: this is one in a series of articles on the men from Toronto’s St. Augustine’s Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary who will be ordained as priests this spring.

As many reasons for retreats as there are people

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TORONTO - Ann Jacques had been away from the church for a long time when she answered an ad in the church bulletin to go on retreat.

BECOMING A PRIEST - Coming to terms with addiction turned a life around

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TORONTO - Kelly Boyden grew up in Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, under the care of his adopted parents, two devout Catholics. He went to Catholic school and was an altar server, but in his teenage years he drifted away from the faith.

MY FAVOURITE PRAYER: Serenity Prayer eases things in stressful world

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For Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May it’s difficult to choose a favourite prayer. She’s partial to the Peace Prayer of St. Francis (which is Franciscan in spirit, but not written by St. Francis) and St. Francis’ Canticle of All Creatures (which probably does date from St. Francis’ lifetime).

Report sets stage for closer relations between Catholics, Anglicans

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TORONTO - Church unity hasn’t happened yet, but Catholics and Anglicans have a new list of concrete suggestions for ways to bring the two churches closer.

Praying for miracles

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TORONTO - Sandy Sitar and her husband Glenn Brown work in the pharmaceutical industry in technically demanding jobs. They’re educated young professionals — not the sort of people who fall into superstition or believe in magic. But that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in miracles.

Demand for John Paul’s relics swamps Vatican

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JPIIROME - The Rome diocesan office charged with promoting the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II has exceeded its postage budget because of increased requests for prayer cards and relics of the late pope.

Trust in the Holy Spirit, says author

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The daily prayer of the man with his finger on the pulse of Canada’s literary scene comes from a little devotional booklet containing a selection of prayers for all occasions. The particular prayer The Toronto Star’s chief book reviewer finds fit for most occasions is a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

MY FAVOURITE PRAYER: Serenity Prayer eases things in stressful world

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elizabeth mayFor Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May it’s difficult to choose a favourite prayer. She’s partial to the Peace Prayer of St. Francis (which is Franciscan in spirit, but not written by St. Francis) and St. Francis’ Canticle of All Creatures (which probably does date from St. Francis’ lifetime).

My favourite prayer: A Reassuring ritual

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TORONTO - CFL football player Jude St. John has prayed the Lord’s Prayer before each game ever since he started playing football.

Sudbury priest takes his ministry online

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - A priest in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie is taking his homilies worldwide, using the Internet as the latest communication tool to reach the unchurched.