Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Michael is Associate Editor of The Catholic Register.

He is an award-winning writer and photographer and holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University.

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{mosimage}THORNHILL, Ont. - There hasn’t always been a St. Luke’s, but just about. The parish has been there in one form or another ever since Bishop Michael Power decided Upper Canada needed another Catholic church between Toronto and Newmarket in 1844. It cost $1,000 to buy land for the church, rectory and cemetery that began St. Luke’s long history in 1847.

{mosimage}TORONTO - There’s just one reason why half a dozen imams and other leaders in Toronto’s Muslim community joined an interfaith tour of the Holocaust Museum in the city’s north end Oct. 16, and just one reason they listened intently to Max Eisen tell how he survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp as a 15-year-old slave labourer.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Some of the most horrific violence of our time happened in Algeria in the 1990s, and it only tangentially involved Catholics. But that tangent is full of dangers, doubts and fear.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Abraham’s star has certainly risen since jumbo jets slammed into the World Trade Centre towers in New York City, Sept. 11, 2001. Interfaith dialogues acquired a sense of urgency at the dawn of the new century, and such dialogues almost always begin by holding up Abraham as the common ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Toronto City Hall bustles with big city business and big city egos clashing over big money decisions. The Toronto Area Interfaith Council believes all that sound and fury should be leavened with a little silence.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Theology in Toronto just got a $2.5-million shot in the arm. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have put up the money to endow a chair in systematic theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, and  chosen Catholic Theological Society of America president Margaret O’Gara as the first professor to hold the chair.

 Gustavo GutierrezTORONTO - Before rejecting Gustavo Gutierrez’s claim for asylum, a board member of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board asked the decorated police detective why he didn’t just take his concerns about death threats to a higher level of Mexican law enforcement.

Months later Gutierrez is still stunned by the question.

Jesuits are always on the move, but the next move for the Jesuit Fathers of English Canada will concentrate the order's brain trust on the eastern edge of Queen's Park Circle, on the main campus of the University of Toronto.

jesus WalkMore than 1,000 students in Halton area Catholic schools went for a walk May 6 in the first annual Walk With Jesus.

It was a chance for students to absorb the Bible through their feet, according to photographer and reporter Michael Swan. His audio-visual slide-show presentation can be viewed below.






{mosimage}TORONTO - The number of people gathered in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in downtown Toronto to commemorate the Acteal massacre in Chiapas 10 years ago was about equal to the 45 indigenous Mexicans who were shot down by a paramilitary group in 1997.