Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo, The Catholic Register

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo, The Catholic Register

Vanessa is a communications coordinator in the Office of Public Relations and Communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto and former reporter and youth editor for The Catholic Register. 

You can follow her on twitter @V_Santilli.

Friar's writing contestThe Friars' essay contest contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is now open.

Co-sponsored by the The Catholic Register and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor in Toronto, the top prize is a 32 GB iPod touch.

The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is: “One in the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of the Bread and Prayer.”

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. - More than 150 students from the York Catholic District School Board will gather Oct. 27 to raise awareness of the contributions and struggles of aboriginal people at the Desire for Change Symposium held at Rama First Nations Cultural Centre.

2008 National Campus Life Network’TORONTO - From Oct. 1 to 3, pro-life students from across the country will gather for the National Campus Life Network’s annual national symposium at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto.

“For a lot of students, it’s a pivotal moment where they come to a new level of commitment when it comes to pro-life work,” said Rebecca Richmond, executive director of the National Campus Life Network, an organization that exists to educate, network and support pro-life students at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

“Then they’re inspired and motivated to go back to their campus and share what they learned with members of their club or to get a club started and impact their campus.”
Ryerson catholic studentsTORONTO - While university and college students heading back to school often join campus groups and organizations to alleviate the pressures of academic life, there is one area that is often overlooked: campus chaplaincy centres.

“A lot of Catholic students may know we’re here but they have a job, they live in Markham, they’re busy with school and may be involved with something else at school — and that’s enough for them,” said Kim Gottfried Piché, director of chaplaincy services at the Ryerson Catholic Chaplaincy Centre.
September 17, 2010

A new year, a new YSN team

TORONTO - As the school year slowly gathers steam, so does a new year of The Catholic Register’s Youth Speak News, with a brand new team of writers.

For the past 11 years, YSN has offered guidance to young Catholic writers from across the country who cover events and provide insight on important issues affecting Catholic youth, while sharing the ups and downs of being faithful and young in today’s world.

While they are building their clippings and experience, YSN helps them in their writing, interviewing techniques and photography.

Toronto SerraTORONTO - Justin Lam entered the work force after graduating from graphic communications management at Toronto’s Ryerson University a couple of years ago.

But despite his current job as a customer label estimator, Lam finds something is missing in his life.

“There’s this feeling of emptiness from time to time where you go to work, get off work, go home, take a shower, go to bed and do it all again the next day,” said Lam, a member of Chinese Martyrs parish in Markham, Ont.
Robert MezzavillaTORONTO - Robert Mezzavilla carries around a Bible with him wherever he goes — and it doesn’t weigh an ounce.

That’s because Mezzavilla, a third-year environmental studies student at Toronto’s York University, has a Catholic Bible application (or app) on his iPhone.

While he bought the app because it’s a huge space saver, he said it helps connect him to his faith.
World Youth DayTORONTO - With just under a year to go until World Youth Day 2011, parish youth groups are working hard to raise the funds needed to get to Madrid.

At St. Justin Martyr Church in Unionville, Ont., fundraising has come in the form of spaghetti, karaoke and rubber ducks.

Their first fundraiser for World Youth Day — a spaghetti and karaoke night — was held last February, said youth minister Andrew Santos. The event raised about $2,850 in profit, he said, which will go towards the 16 youth from his parish going to Madrid.
movemberTORONTO - Jamie Dowell will be growing a moustache this month. But vanity has nothing to do with it.

Dowell, a Grade 12 student at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, is taking part in the school’s inaugural Movember campaign — a global initiative where men grow moustaches and raise money to increase awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

“Prostate cancer will probably affect at least someone we know in our lives and, being men, it’s something that we should have a basic knowledge about and support it in every way we can,” said Dowell.
Brescia adHer mind is as sharp as her heels. Lead the pack or follow the boys. Some ceilings were meant to be broken. These are some of the slogans of Brescia University College’s bold new advertising campaign that started in September to increase declining enrolment, said registrar Marianne Simm.

“This year, we have the highest enrolment ever and we think part of that is due to work we started last year with our re-branding,” said Simm.

After seeing a trend of declining enrolment, particularly from Ontario high school students, the London, Ont.-based women’s college kicked off a re-branding process in January 2009. This included a consultation of faculty, students, alumni, guidance counsellors and parents on the benefits of attending Brescia. Through this, four attributes describing the campus were identified, which the campaign now focuses on: student-centred, empowering, invigorating and compassionate.