Canadian Catholic Students' Week celebrated

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  • March 31, 2009
{mosimage}Fourteen campuses across Canada celebrated Catholic Students’ Week March 23-27, hosting a variety of events that touched on catechesis, liturgy and mission.

This was the second year for the event, an initiative of the Canadian Catholic Students Association (CCSA) in collaboration with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

“Many of these were events that have already been happening, but students were excited to see that what they’re doing is happening on other campuses,” said Lori Ryan, national co-ordinator for CCSA.

Student leaders were encouraged to make a point of announcing to those attending their events that campuses were acting in solidarity.

“We really wanted to do it in a way that students in Victoria feel connected to students in the Maritimes,” Ryan told The Catholic Register.

Victoria Tuase, CCSA president at King’s College in London, Ont., said this is an exciting time to be a university student.

“With courses opening our eyes to the injustices of the world and faith providing the basis on which to create solutions for those injustices, Catholic Students’ Week is the perfect time to show both our accomplishments as well as possible pathways for others to help out as well. We are called to be ambassadors of Christ. Through us His love can be seen in the world,” Tuase said.

Events across Canada included social justice workshops, choral nights, sunday liturgies, Theology on Tap events, presentations by bishops and chaplains, movie nights and street theatre. 

Under the mission element of the week, the CCSA encouraged the education of students on international development initiatives, with a focus on a reforestation program in Haiti through Development and Peace.

Participating campuses were University of Victoria, St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia, St. Mary’s University College in Calgary, Campion College in Regina, St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario in London, the University of Toronto in Mississauga, the Toronto Newman Centre, Carleton University in Ottawa, the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ryerson University in Toronto and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

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