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MELBOURNE, Australia - Many pilgrims from across the Archdiocese of Toronto didn't anticipate the long length of time that it would take to get to Melbourne. But after nearly 21 hours spent sleeping and worrying about our backs breaking, we arrived safe and sound early yesterday morning.

Canadians visit Kiwis


AUCKLAND, NZ - Ottawa and Winnipeg pilgrims - including Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, priests, and deacons - arrived at St. Thomas More parish in Auckland, New Zealand for a welcoming breakfast at 7:30 a.m., shortly after roughly 20 hours in the air. Pilgrims were assigned to their host families and spent most of the morning with them.

From 11 a.m. to 12:24 p.m., pilgrims (yes, even the archbishop) cut bamboo sticks and planted trees. We were free to explore the city of Auckland all afternoon.

Taking youth ministry to new heights


{mosimage}TORONTO - The new lay director of the Office of Catholic Youth said he plans to take the archdiocese of Toronto to a new level when it comes to serving teens and young adults.

Dealing with credit and debt


Credit risk. Identity theft. Debt consolidation. Credit card fraud. Think you’re too young to worry about these things? Think again.

Discovering the 'gem of the North'


{mosimage}MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - When chaplain Jim McLeavy set out to plan St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School’s first mission trip, he chose an unconventional location.

Eleven students and four staff members at the Mississauga school set out in May with McLeavy for a nine-day project in the Yukon Territory at Braeburn Lake Christian Camp, 87 km north of Whitehorse.

Living as the body of Christ


I have just returned from the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, having travelled with about 500 other pilgrims from the archdiocese of Toronto. It was a pilgrimage of a life time, and I can simply say that my cup is overflowing.

Finding the middle ground

“You don’t even have your learner’s permit?” Here we go again. Lately I never fail to find one person daily who is shocked by the fact that I don’t have my driver’s licence.

ACCESS granted to kids in Third World

{mosimage}BRAMPTON, Ont. - After seeing firsthand the barriers to education that many children face abroad, 19-year-old Daniel Francavilla decided to do something.

Two years have passed since he travelled to the Dominican Republic on a high school exposure trip, but he has since established a student-run non-profit organization, raised $20,000 and sent a few large shipments of supplies to help children attend school in three different countries.

Students' poems to be published


{mosimage}WHITBY, Ont. - Two Grade 9 Catholic students from All Saints Secondary School in Whitby made their mark in a national poetry competition and will have their poems included in an anthology published by the National Library of Canada. Stephanie Irani, 14, and Daynia Price, 15, will see their work published in Voyages by Night.

The Eucharist as 'a given'


For 2,000 years, Christians have been called to the table of the Eucharist in memory of Christ’s death and resurrection. There is no doubt that the Eucharist is central to our faith.

Youth outreach team begins in St. Boniface


{mosimage}There’s a new youth evangelization training program springing up out of Manitoba. The organizers, who are still accepting applications for the fall, said it includes components that liken it to other evangelization ministries like Catholic Christian Outreach and National Evangelization Team (NET) Ministries, but with distinct elements.

“It’s a bit different in that the team will see what goes into the part of a youth minister,” said organizer Jude Gosselin. “People who’ve been on the team will have seen all the aspects of it and will be hireable as youth ministers.”