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Ceandra Nugent, 20, and Nathaniel Auger, 21, first met at St. Joseph’s High School in Barrie, Ont., but it was only after working together at a local Tim Hortons that their journey together began. Now dating for five months, the two have a message to share about finding unity within relationships that have differing religious-cultural worldviews. 

UNIV helps students navigate university, life

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Young female Catholic university students in Canada are spiritually readying themselves for “navigating” through university culture, life and setbacks with the March 27-30 UNIV Inspire Congress — an annual international Catholic youth conference for high school seniors and college students held during Holy Week.

Essay: Through Jesus, we are all connected

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Verses 1-17 from Chapter 15 of John’s Gospel provide a simple yet elaborate explanation of our sacred relationship with God. 

Essay: Taking ‘root’ with Christ

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The vine provides its branches nutrients, support and endurance amidst hard conditions. This anecdote portrays man’s dependence upon God. As we experience stormy climates in our life, our Lord is our strength. Yet, why do some plants bear good fruit whereas others bear bad fruit? What differentiates a nutrient-rich environment from a toxic one?

Essay: Drawing nearer to God

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Imagine a circle with lines radiating around it. As the lines move farther away from the circle’s centre, they move farther apart from each other. The Sisters of Grandchamp, a religious community that led daily reflections during this year’s Week of Christian Unity, shared this analogy to help Christians understand how unity rests in abiding in Christ.

Winners for the 2021 Friars' writing contest

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When Nicholas De Castro sat down to write what became an award-winning essay for the annual Friars’ Student Writing Contest, one image immediately came to mind: Mother Teresa.

Interfaith event encourages students to extend their embrace

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Young artists and activists of different faiths gathered recently to spread the messages of unity and interfaith dialogue. 

Youth Reconnect report reveals positive change

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A recent report shows that the Good Shepherd’s Youth Reconnect (YR) program has reduced the number of at-risk Hamilton, Ont., youth accessing shelter and other emergency services.

Pen-pal campaign unites generations

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A Vancouver group connecting seniors and youth is throwing it back to the past by reviving a bygone practice: pen-palling.

Series aims to focus on Black history year round

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For more than 10 years the Dufferin-Peel Catholic school board has hosted its “Black Futures” symposium during Black History Month in February. The goal though is to go beyond just one month in the calendar.

Virtual invitation to youth on vocations

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The Newman Centre Catholic Mission at the University of Toronto wasn’t going to let a province-wide stay-at-home order keep it from spreading the word on a religious vocation.