Robert Kinghorn is a deacon of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

You can read his column, "The Church on the Street" in The Catholic Register.
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It is a frigid evening, and the setting sun leaves the grip of darkness on the downtown area where hope and despair wrestle nightly for sovereignty.

The Church on the street: A gift of thanks on Christmas morn

Unless you have been homeless, as Mary and Joseph were on that first Christmas, it is difficult to understand the deep peace a roof over your head can bring.

Amid violence streets still have their moments of grace

There are few, if any, parishes in Toronto that had three shooting deaths in the first month of the year and followed them up with two more in the next few months. Add to this an epidemic of drug overdoses and a picture of lawlessness could emerge.

Comment: Meet 'Mary' ... my friend


The request was simple: “I’m going south for a week, could you give me a ride to the airport and pick me up on my way back?”

Comment: Brazil's Sr. Immolatia comes a long way to plant a missionary seed


I call them the confessions of Sr. Immolatia. They are the words of a vibrant, spirit-led past parishioner of the Church on the Street.

While love can conquer fear, fear can drive out perfect love


We are often rudely awakened to our insufficient response to the voice of need.

Harriet’s spirit wins out in the long run


The brutality of life on the streets could not defeat this ‘I used to be famous’ woman

There are evenings when I am walking the streets that deep theological insights come abruptly to my mind. This was one such evening.